Monday, June 22, 2009

New Clydesdale Horse Drawing - Inspired by You-Know-Who!

My latest pencil drawing, titled “Crowd Pleasers,” was inspired by a recent visit of the Budweiser Draft Horse Hitch. It seemed much of the town of Canton turned out to see these gentle giants! Getting photographs was a real challenge, as people surrounded the horses from the moment the critters came off their trailers. I was fortunate to have a wonderful art patron who agreed to let me use some of her shots to create this drawing. Thanks Mary!

I now have Limited Edition Prints ready for sale. The prints are available in black & white, or hand-tinted with color highlights. If you would like to purchase one of these prints, just click here or a direct link to the web page: Clydesdale Horses art print.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

New Website for Kelli Swan

Well, I supposed I could now officially be called an "Internet Junkie!" Last week I attended the Tuscawaras County Mac User Group and saw a wonderful presentation on iWeb. Inspired by what I saw, and having had too much coffee, I proceeded to order my upgrade to iLife '09 that day! And boy, has this software ever been fun! (Like I needed more software toys after getting the hang of Dreamweaver and Adobe CS4!)

To test out this '09 package, I created a new website as an introduction to my fine art Pencil Drawings of Horses and Dogs:

iWeb has some nifty features, such as the ability to make Albums for portfolio images. In my case, I utilized two albums to separate out my horse and dog artwork samples.

And with the new iPhoto capabilities I was able to create a short slide show - with music! All it took was a few minutes of photo-prep, create the slide show in iPhoto, export and drag into iWeb. Lots of fun and not much time at all! My little slide show can be found under the "Latest Pencil Drawings" tab.

While iWeb is lots of fun, and a great Sunday project, I found through trial and error that SEO is a bit of a challenge. After a quick Google search, I found a blog post on SEO for iWeb, which helped a great deal. Setting up html navigation to replace iWeb's default navigation should help. I'll also be refining text content as time goes on.