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New website, New blog

Hi and welcome to my new(ish) blog.

So here I am, at least two years after creating a blog on WordPress.com. I didn't exactly do much with it apart from posting a few exhibition dates. So why start another one? I was always doubtful that I could/would have enough material to post once or twice a week, it seemed like a very tall order. After thinking long and hard I have decided to write about things that I think about or are a part of my day to day life. So now the kids are back at school it will hopefully be much easier to plan my week, and keep to a schedule. I want to produce a couple of pieces per week, one on a topic close to my heart and a second showing art that I am currently working on.

I am hugely excited about my new website, I re-designed and re-engineered it in WordPress as it was getting increasingly difficult to update and expand my current site. I wanted to create something new and dynamic that would underpin all of my art related endeavours. So instead of a website I now have a sparkly new content management system. All the time I spent and hard work that went into setting it up will now allow me to easily add words, pictures and pages, as and when I need them. Having got the basic pages out of the way e.g. picture galleries, contact page etc it is still very much a work in progress, I'm planning on adding a few pages shortly i.e. a studio tour, prints and a news page, and I am testing out other additions as I go along. Now I will not only be able to exhibit new pieces of work but also work in different stages of completion, experiments and stuff not appropriate for putting on a wall. It will be be central hub for me to hang anything and everything so now I haven't got any excuse for regularly showing off all my bits and pieces!

So back to the blog, I have been thinking about a range of topics to write about. The first idea I liked is about technology for artists. I have a few arty friends who are complete technophobes. This made me think that there could be a need for some non technical-speak, art related technology information! I'm not sure if reading my blog is likely to convert them to coding computer apps, but I have personally found that using technology has completely changed the way I work, from dealing with image research, mockups and creating reference material to automating admin tasks, so I am keen to share my love of tech in the hope it might be useful to others. My first article will be about using a small A4 scanner to scan larger images instead of paying for large format scans at a bureau. Some of the art related topics I am planning to work on are: painting and drawing techniques and processes, DIY studio furniture, subject matter/themes and art admin. I did fancy writing about another subject which is very dear to me, and that is food, drink and cooking but I imagine the change of subject is likely to confuse anyone reading it, so I'll maybe have to think about that one for a separate blog.

So in summary, if you want to discuss anything remotely related to what I am writing about then please comment away, similarly any ideas or requests for future pieces will be greatfully received.

Thanks for reading this and hope you can make it next time.

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