11/21/2005: "Showing your art work to scale"
Over the weekend I did some work on my website to incorporate some new “ecommerce” features. It’s only a start, but in my Blue Grasses gallery I’ve added PayPal “buy now” buttons, which was surprisingly easy to set up. Also, if you click on either of the two top images (Sleeping with Fiddle or Bass Player Sandy Beach) a new window will pop up that shows the painting to scale.
I got the idea from a very cool online gallery called PicassoMio.com. They use some kind of software to generate images to scale, I couldn’t figure out how to do it that way so I just made a similar looking room in PhotoShop using free clip art. Then, I resized each image according to the height increments on the wall to give a close approximation of what each painting would look like if it were hanging on a prospective buyer's wall.
I'd also like to have links to large versions and close up details as well.
Anyway, I’ve only just begun, I’m not going hog wild on the shopping cart set-up until I’ve had a chance to test it a bit more. I may add some super cheap items (like a dollar) up there just so I can actually practice checking out and make sure it works ok.
Any feedback, critical or otherwise, would be appreciated.