Painting From Life vs. From Photos
If you are an artist, what kind of website do you want to have for your own use?
As an artist:
- Do you want a web gallery? (for a some good examples, see David’s site, Steve’s site, and Franklin’s site)
- Do you want a blog, an online version of a diary?
I think many artists would like to have some kind of combination of these (unrelated) things. The problem is that the off-the-shelf solutions such as WordPress or Blogger are not designed for artists’ needs. That is why a lot of us spend/waste a lot of time tinkering with our websites, to customize them for our specific goals.
Recently Rex brought something exciting to my attention, a new version of WordPress that allows one to host many blogs. That is to say, if someone designs a good artist website template, they can allow other people to create their own blogs with this template on demand, for free — much like you can already get a WordPress blog for free.
To be useful for many artists, such a system should address the various issues that artists consider in a website.
What do you want in an artist website? Can you give examples of sites that have good design features?