I had fun designing this one, if you couldn’t tell. It gave me a chance to flex my (rapidly deteriorating) Photoshop muscles and better familiarize myself with the WordPress Theme structure. A huge part of this redesign is not only design, but a re-branding of sorts. I decided to treat Sixhours.net less like a photography portfolio and more like a personal Web site… and so the design is a little more me and a little less Serious Business ™. Speaking of which, it’s been eight years (!) since I first bought this little nook of the Web. I think this is the domain-equivalent of a birthday at the spa.
I’ll be the first to admit I’ve been in a rut, and I know it’s because I’ve defined my creative life by my photography, but photography isn’t doing it for me lately (there’s also that pesky new-baby-itis problem, but I’m recovering). When I allowed myself to apply my creative energy to other tasks, I found I had a lot of ideas and more motivation to work on them.
So now I have a list of projects that should keep me busy for a while. I’m already working on a new look for Calobee Doodles which will hopefully be up soon. Another thing I’ve been meaning to do for a few months is doodle a desktop calendar/wallpaper for each month… and now is the perfect time to start those for the new year. In the same vein, I may open a new “downloads” section on Calobee Doodles. The problem is I’m always working on someone else’s projects and I don’t make enough time for my own (tsk tsk!)
I’m also working on a “bucket list,” a la Mighty Girl, and that has me thinking about the big picture–the things I’d like to do that might seem too big or too scary to accomplish at first glance. One thing I’d love to do is write and illustrate (and maybe publish?) a children’s book. I’ve been thinking about that since Elspeth was born. Even if no one else ever read it, I’d love to make something for her to enjoy when she’s older.