Way way back twenty years ago I built my own first website using the Dreamweaver program accompanied by a book, ‘Dreamweaver for Dummies” by Janine Warner, 1995. janhart.com. I started alone, completely crashed it all three times and then was accompanied by one of my sons, Jonathan who was also an artist – in pastels. To say it was tough going is an understatement, but eventually I wound up with my own domain (janhart.com) and my first website. And from that website, I began my HartNews newsletter that continues today with over 2100 subscribers. How could I have known then that my little website would began my outreach and enable me to support myself through books, art and workshops? There was even a time after my near fatal spinal staph infection and hospitalization when I photographed all the paintings I had in my studio and put them on my website in a personal one day auction to try to cover some of my medical debt. Through emails and promises to send checks I brought in $15,000. It proved to me early on how important the web can be for outreach and communication. And income.
After moving to Costa Rica I realized that I needed a new website that was more up to date with current technology. One web designer in the area told me that many of my links did not work. I replied that I my website probably matched me well since many of my links no longer worked either. He didn’t look amused. We talked and he built me a new site using a platform that I wasn’t really able to understand intuitively though the website looked great. After he disappeared, a next web master rebuilt the site in a more user friendly platform, but I still found it difficult to understand much of the terminology so I could feel confident. It was an improvement, but difficult for me to translate color and rhythm into his technical language. And how could I possibly expect him to understand what I meant by value change, color temperature variation and complementary colors?
I am now in the process of having a new website built from scratch and my website designer and webmaster is son, Jonathan – who never quite gave up after we both started the process in the 90’s. I am elated because now I am seeing how much I enjoy this collaborative process. Jonathan, who is also an artist and graphic designer explained so I could understand how the internet works with hosts and add-ons and dashboards. More importantly, how a website can be designed to personally represent who I am while it organizes information, photos, paintings, blogs, articles, workshops, events and items for sale for easy access and retrieval. Finally I see the big picture and the picture is looking like it represents me! And I love being able to talk about colors and shading and nuances as if I am refining and finishing a piece of fine art. My website. Thank you, Jonathan.
Here is Jonathan’s contact information and website as well as two of mine that he has completely designed…
Jonathan’s Fine Art Website
Jonathan’s Graphic Design Website
Jan Hart’s Website
Jan Hart’s Website