Maybe too long, but this is what has been happening, Google has changed its ranking system to take into account whether or not the site is responsive and it is serious about making the pages more mobile accessible. (source) So I had to do some research. Although, I am a designer and claim to be a web designer to boot. I needed to find a WordPress theme that worked for me. The WP’s 2016 Theme seemed to do the trick. I tested it, I found the transition was not going to be smooth. Ugh!
Well, after much hand wringing and fretting, I buckled down and took notes on exactly what I needed to do. The list was long. I was motivated into action when I saw my search engine rank drop. I am pretty happy with most of the changes. I have to restore a couple of galleries and make a few more tweaks, but Art Changes Lives is responsive and up and running.
When we look outside of that on which we depend we ignore our unity; looking outward we see many faces; look inward and all is one head. If a man could but be turned about, he would see at once God and himself and the All.” ~ Plotinus (source)
Been absent for a few months… Sorry about that. It was a busy Fall semester for me. At work there is a new administration and I am the department coordinator once again. Also, I have been more active in Friends Meeting. So my plate is full. I have created art and doing photographs online. Still involved in Second Life, so I have been keeping my eye sharp there taking pictures and working on my Photoshop skills. Retirement is getting closer, so eventually I will have all the time I need to shift my attention to doing art full-time.
Mom died last August too. This has been the first holiday without her. Mike and I still are not putting up a Christmas tree in our home and I can hear her voice, her disappointment with us. Dad and I did get out to her grave and placed a wreath. So no tree, but I am hoping she at least sees I do have a bit of the Christmas spirit. She enjoyed the holidays and all that came with it.
Hoping to continue to post these next months… So just know, even if I am not posting the art continues on.
To be a surrealist means barring from your mind all remembrance of what you have seen, and being always on the lookout for what has never been.” ~ René Magritte (1898 – 1967)
While in New York City, I was able to visit one of my favorite museums, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and attended the ‘Real/Surreal’ exhibit on the first day it opened to the public. There I found artist that normally I would not think of as surrealistic artists. They included some of my all time favorites Grant Woods, Paul Cadmus, George Tooker, Edward Hopper and Joseph Cornell. These artist took what they saw and warped it in such a way that the viewer had access into their minds by the metaphors, symbols, and perspectives that they used. They all allowed the viewer a glimpse under the surface and allow the viewer a chance to see, “… What has never been”… before.
If you get a chance and are in New York City… Stop by the Whitney and see the show. The show runs through February 12, 2012.
Never fall in love with an idea. They’re whores: if the one you’re with isn’t doing the job, there’s always, always, always another.”
~ Chip Kidd, The Cheese Monkeys
I agree with the quote above… but if it is good… hang on to it as if you were a rabbit dog! Too often, we only scratch the surface of a good idea in this media rich, turbo charged world. Ideas often come in bunches and lost forever. Ideas can be like fine wine… let them linger on your palette some, before spitting them out. An idea may not reveal how good it is right away.