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about the Art Catalogue

about the Art CatalogueI am writing a post about the Art Catalogue, as the art catalogue does not appear in the Post Archive loop – it has a separate portfolio category.

This all started with me searching for an alternative plugin for the gallery to show my artwork. I wanted to show the artwork in a neat and small scale. Many days / weeks later not finding one, via google, asking in forums, testing different plugins, I came up with a possible solution using the existing full galleria plugin which I already had and happy with.

I enquired with the plugin author what I needed to do – have a single image open up to show the gallery screen, instead of rows of thumbnails. He gave me the solution.

I went ahead with creating the background banner, adding images and text. Anyways the long and the short of it it has taken me weeks and weeks of work, and that’s ok.

I have left each artwork page simple, as in, I have not added a load of introduction. I let each image within the galleries speak for itself and have included title, year, medium, and size, etc.

I have not included work from 2013 – 2015. I had hoped to put in an application in Autumn 2015 for a show in 2016, as I had started to work with a few ideas in September / October 2015, but I had to get honest and say the house I lived in was not going to support me in it. So until the next time.

I have copied pasted most of my comment notes below which I made on each artwork post while I was putting them together, and am going to leave them there for now. They are in random order.

Joan Walsh 2016

 

Under construction comment notes –

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Have to find out why the slider is been showing up again on the posts page. It use to not be there and therefore looked neater. One slider on the front page is enough. I think I am just tired out today from all this relentless work on this catalogue, gone on for weeks.

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Be nice to have two galleries on this one post – 1 monoprnts 2 ink sketches, but I dont think it will work with the gallery plugin, they will all show up. I will try it. but i dont think it going to work.

temporary gallery first –

have to get that image paler to fit with the other one.

first just the monoprints. 2nd townland houses.

I think it will cause a conflict, having the two on the page and they will stick. will see. here goes – great it works. Only thing is 1st gallery too many images and that not even the half of them, I left lots out. Solution – room 1 and room 2, like at the exhibition. Move id numbers. Done. Hum. Pity though small monoprints in with sketches. 3 galleries? seeing that this works? what of all the stuff that was in folder at exhibition? maybe just the series of foam prints? sure feck it another 2 folders – 1 small monoprints, 2 foam print series.

Do I want to make those houses smaller? means alot of redoing.

Gallery images needed for these two too.

and then there is the do your head in google analytics that has gone array. needs searches for solutions again.

Sorted, I hadnt selected the ‘portfolio’ template for the page. so now the page is acting as the holder for all the artwork posts. thing is do i want to use subcategories also or not now?

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Joan Walsh 2016

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Test post.  Have it now out of the general post loop. portfolio now under ‘art catalogue’ category, only. Good. The gallery will open by clicking the image on this post (not now, this is just a test)

titles, and then in each post – the explanation re exhibition and work done.

Too many categories showing in footer. Drop down menu version looks shite. what to do? I will have to get rid of / make private ‘update post’ and the general category so. cos if i get rid of general category it will automatically show uncategorised category and it will be still there in the category list.

copy for test – SEO doesnt like it, this title. I really do not want to change it to just 1990 cos it won’t make sense, as the gallery will contain work from 1990 ish to 1995. As I dont want the gallery to be too big as in if it was from 1990 to 1999. OK now after writing all that the SEO has improved. It was just word hunger. Good. Will have to have as much script when I come to write it for real. Artwork 1996 – 1999

Testing 332 x 205 image instead of full scale image. This size can not be used as a sticky for the home page slider.

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Going to add below here all that I wrote to myself while working out the previous post artwork 1991 – 1995 before I deleted it from it – Just to show myself all the steps I had to do to get the post sorted. Taking a break now. Work in progress.

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Don’t state the obvious, ‘this is gallery of a selection of my work between 1990 – 1995 bla bla’. clicking on image will open the gallery…eventually when I have that sorted. maybe the image needs a big f.o obvious click on symbol?

Testing. I think I better to go for the 332 x 205 image for that. and forget about the sticky image. though the horses head looks good, i want to use other image for gallery. defo crops it down to 205 height.

< I think that image is too big for the page. / medium size instead? 300 x 203. i think i have 300 x 203 format in exhibition posts too.

SEO doesnt like it, this title. I really do not want to change it to just 1990 cos it won’t make sense, as the gallery will contain work from 1990 ish to 1995. As I dont want the gallery to be too big as in if it was from 1990 to 1999. OK now after writing all that the SEO has improved. It was just word hunger. Good. Will have to have as much script when I come to write it for real.

Testing full size feature image that can be used as sticky. It shows less of the image in the small box in catalogue. I knew it would. Its just I need that full size image ‘if’ I want to add it to the home page slider or not.

Right. I have to go around about way to upload photos for gallery cos i need them to not have titles, otherwise they show in gallery screen and get in the way. I need the id’s for them and …too much to explain. But i may have to few upload them as a thumbnail gallery first so I can get rid of the titles in each image and than go get the ID numbers for them to put in a faq link something or other.

1st upload images, go collect each Id number in each image. then do a temporary thumbnail gallery to get rid of titles, it wont allow me to do in each image edit. then mock faq link url thing and post in text. delete thumbnail gallery. update.

I looked high and low for an alternative gallery plugin to do what i wanted it to do weeks ago, and nothing. so with enquiries re the plugin i do have, i have a solution and its a lot of work. and that’s ok.

39 images..on this one alone.

Glad I cropped onto that – number sequence, save alot of time.

temporary gallery now – / delete gallery / add link to main image /

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That’s better, all those individual posts for each year instead of  Artwork 1991 – 1995  Artwork 1996 – 1999  Artwork 1984 – 1989. And keep SEO happier.

I am being extremely generous sharing my work online to show – both the paintings and some recordings, for no direct financial gain. Up til now I live on 218 e a week which I am grateful for. However the aim was to catalogue it and show it, for myself included. Had to be done. I have had to keep my paintings at a small enough size, as this is the internet, say no more. I have thoroughly enjoyed putting the hours into this.

I said to someone once (maybe said it a few times ) I never get to see my art unless I have an exhibition. Cos I always have had to have my artwork stored away. I lived a life of living out of f..ing storage boxes, still do. No hooks on the walls in houses I have rented. Except for here the last year, there was hooks in hallway, a few in sitting room, so I said great I get to put up my own work. Little did I know there was going to be a damp disaster from the foundations. 50 framed paintings of mine that were in bubble wrap, stored I thought safely in front sitting room and the ones I have hung up – all there panel pins were rusted in the space of a few weeks, from November – December 2014 – thanks to a irresponsible and couldn’t give shite estate agent and the same again landlord. From what I can see the work is not damaged but I had to move it all to Co. Kildare. I left the work in up hallway – it had got damaged too and warped – the work from 2002, all the canvas boards are slightly warped out. lovely… All this framed work, I will have to re panel pin and re brown tape again. This too shall pass.

This catalogue is taking alot of work, weeks, and that’s ok, I don’t mind the work. i get to see my work. and that was the aim to catalogue a selection of work over the years.

Having an off the cuff type there.

Time to take a break. Mug of tea.

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Looks abit niffy naffy ? mickey mouse?

I think I better add the two pieces from 1999 that is really the beginning of this series. It was december 1999. Go and upload them. Course it not that simple, I’ll have to go through the rigmaroll of doing a temporary gallery to get rid of the titles so they dont show in the gallery screen. and that ok. and that was easy enough.

I am not sure if the acrylic paintings were painted in 2000, I do not have them here to check them as I had to move them to Kildare for safekeeping, cos of my not lovely landlord and his damp from the foundations house.

For the posts  Artwork 1991 – 1995  Artwork 1996 – 1999  Artwork 1984 – 1989 –

Should it be 1990s 1

and then 1990s 2  ?

By year? 1992?

1991 – only have one item in that. I know I did other work in 1990 / 91 but it was more design for craft and I dont have photos for them. Could put the one item from 1991 in with 1992 ?

Artwork 1992

Artwork 1993

Artwork 1994

Artwork 1995

Artwork 1996

Artwork 1998

Artwork 1999

Start over.

But it seems like way too many posts for not enough paintings. and then I have to write in each, I’ll be repeating myself. Keep it really simple.

And what of the 80’s ? well seeing i have only two photos and both I think were 1984 – I should Just do that. Artwork 1984.

then I’d have to delete all the photos and rename them all and reupload them all again  and go through the whole process, etc etc.

And then what of redirecting? now that I have had these public

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(Do I really want to be listing where they were shown. Yes / no? Yes I do need to. Another job to do, to sort that out)

(made gallery image smaller to be in keeping with gallery screen, but not in keeping with feature image in d’art catalogue. better / worse? have to compromise somewhere)

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Images are taken from slides that were digitised, some were pale / faded out, some were dark. The watercolour paper looks all pink, which of course it isn’t, it’s white. tried brightness, contrast, etc, just have to leave as is.

I think they all need to be shifted to the end and the others start. I cannot check if the acrylic paintings were infact painted in 2001, they could be 2000. move the id numbers. That better now, more clean.

………….alot of work, i need to step away from the computer and go to the post office…

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They all in wrong order now on catalogue page.. they were in the right order yesterday. i hope i can find a solution and get them back in order. Sorted once I got all the feature images in, back in correct order again.

These I have hung in the hallway..

The man in the Waldorf Gallery told me to paint flowers. They’ll  sell. Well I dont know which came first. I know I loved georgia o’keefes work and I love close ups. There were roses outside where I lived at the time. So I zoned in on them. I know I did sell two there, First two shown in the gallery here. That the only photos I have of them.

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testing size should be 300 wide  for gallery, but for some reason it looks smaller, why is that? – defo smaller, it in the link in the text probably. it is. have to take a break. all gallery image for each post will have to be checked. Sorted. Rest to check.

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don’t know if that the image is the right one to use for gallery link. ? but i do like the cropped feature image. photo abit pale. another one? leave for now. a few choices. next version abit bluer. back to the other one.

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I thought I would add an 1980’s gallery – Artwork 1983 – 1989. Way back in the last Century. However, I only have two photographs of work from then.  I do still have some of the work though – needs photographing.

I studied art in school and then also in college there was an artistic element to the design course I attended. Namely in fundamental design and fabric design.  The two images are from 1984. SEO does not like the dash between the 84 – and 1989.

Maybe infact I should change that to Artwork 1980’s ? or to just 1984. The years on this might change.