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12/14/2003: "Northern Indulgence"

Today I had a ton of stuff to do before I leave town for Christmas on Tuesday and my back is still killing me, and yet I stood (that's right, stood) at my computer for several hours today so I could design a new site for my sister's business Northern Indulgence. I think she's going to love it. The image is one I've been working on for awhile and is actually going to be one of the paintings in my upcoming show titled "under the Devil's club"...which is the name of the plant in the background. You may recognize the image from a photo I took that's linked to in my "Life in Alaska" section...I take a lot of photos of sun shinning through different types of leaves.

I think my work of the upcoming show will be half paintings of tides that I've been working on for awhile this summer, and half will be my female nudes, this time represented as sort of rainforest nymphs. Douglas and Juneau are in a deciduous rain forest and I have lots of ideas like the devil's club one and also one titled "Maiden's hair fren" with a young woman with maiden's hair ferns as flowing down her back like actual hair. My mind is so full of images.

I also finally streamed my Kite Club movie. (Real Player - 49.1 MB-broadband) For now it's only available for Real Player, and for a broadband connection but when my back gets better I'll recompress it for 256k and 56K.

Replies: 2 Comments

on Thursday, December 18th, Steve said

Northern Indulgence - you made a good start, and like a lot of artists, you made it look good, but the coding stinks.
Do the design, but get a proper developer to code it for you.

on Friday, December 19th,">Elise said

Hi Steve,
I guess I should have mentioned that I created this site in a single day (using Fireworks and Dreamweaver) to give my sister an idea of design layout. If she approves of the layout I'll take the time to clean up the code once my back improves and I can spend more than 15 minutes at a time on the computer.

I plan to create cascading style sheets, add more images with thumbnails and alt tags, and install and customize osCommerce as well. First she needs to give me more of her products to shoot pictures of, as well as pricing information etc.

I am an artist but I would also consider myself a "proper developer". I have been coding webpages by hand for over 8 years and know several programing languages!

Sorry if I sound defensive, I guess you've struck a nerve.

By the way, I know the code is a disaster on this site as well, but I'm a buzy girl and cleaning it up has been low on my priority list. Perhaps your insight will inspire me to get it done. Thanks for the input.