I often blog and talk about what I want to do as an artist but rarely share what I’m doing to achieve my goals. Before I start this post I want to introduce you to “Wilma”. Wilma is a 2007 Jeep Wrangler my wife and I enjoy when we need to get out of town and head for the hills (cue the Iron Maiden tunes). We purchased her bone stock, got her some new shoes, a frame chop front bumper, a winch, and some other goodies. She is our mobile fortress of solitude in an ever-annoying, busy, albeit noisy world filled with countless responsibilities and overwhelming adult issues. Wilma is our escape from reality more than you may know.
My 2007 Jeep Wrangler, Wilma – © Michael Warth
Grab a tasty drink, find a quiet place, and read on if you’d like to know more about what makes me excited to be making art and what a decade-old Jeep has to do with any of it.
Screenshot of the new website layout. © Michael Warth
The new website is coming along well and so far I’m pleased with the ability to mix drawings & paintings with my photos in a clear and effective way. The main landing page showcases a random image of either a drawing (as shown above), watercolor painting, oil painting, a portrait photo, food/beverage photo, or music photo. I’m still working out the shopping cart feature and how one can make purchases but I see this coming soon. Eventually I want to be able to offer prints, and digital downloads for personal and commercial use. Determining how one can buy an original drawing or painting and even a limited edition print is proving to be a little more difficult to decide on.
If you’ve not been to the site yet, click on the “My Art” link in the navigation bar of this blog and check it out for yourself. The new site flows easy and I believe it’s fairly straight forward as to what is a photograph and what is not. It seems logical to me, but then again, I put it together this way – your mileage may vary. In fact, I’d love to know what you think. Feel free to leave a note in the comments.
The blog is also getting some updates but most of them have been behind the scenes. Some of you may notice that when you visit Michael Warth dot Com you land on the blog and not the portfolio site but this is exactly how I want it. In fact, when I direct people to my art I simply have them come here and tell them to click on the navigation link that says, “My Art” to head over to the portfolio site. The portfolio site still exists on Warth Photo dot Com and it may stay there – I’m not sure I want to change that yet.
A look at the new blog layout. © Michael Warth
In time I plan to create a new logo for Michael Warth Studios and get all the pages on the blog and portfolio/gallery site to have a similar header. I hope you are digging the changes and find it easier to find my art.
As for now, the weekend really got away from me but it was productive and fun so I can’t really complain. I was able to squeeze out some time to scout a location for an upcoming photoshoot featuring a band, and a garage with a sick motorcycle and model perfect for the shoot (thanks Paul & Ryan for feeding me today) – more on this later.
I’m off to drag out a few more creative hours from this weekend.