Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Weekly Update

I'm feeling cranky today, so there may be a small rant on this post ;-)
I found some little imperfections in Lajjina, as I expected to, so I filled and sanded them. I think I still need to sand some little pinholes I filled in her tail.

Finn is looking more gold than red again. I'm really struggling with getting just the right color that I'm look for. I want him to have a really dark shoulder and neck with some light dappling, but on his hindquarter I'm trying to get a reverse dapple effect. He's slowly getting there, but I'm glad his owner sent him to me early because he's really taking a long time!

I worked a little more on Daffyd. I really love this sculpture.

I also spent time on Ravenhill and Vixen, and I was positive that I'd have the Bitty Bosco ready for sale this week, but I found a couple of little areas that I still need to touch up. Am I too much of a perfectionist nut? If it were up to me I would spend a year on every piece, just smoothing things out and making sure it was all perfect. I need to learn to just let go at some point.

Okay, now for the rant, and guess what it's about? Facebook! I did manage to make a page for my studio, but now I can't remember how to get that onto my personal page. Why isn't there a link to it on my personal page? I know I was able to post about my "regular" artwork on my wall (somehow), but that function seemed to be missing when I made my model horse page. Maybe I just couldn't find it. I know that I can see my pages under "Ads & Pages", but do other people see that? I am a "fan" of other people's pages, but they don't show up under "Ads & Pages" where it seems obvious they should be. I swear that the developers of Facebook don't want anyone to know how to use it, it is so crazy and seems like they just put things in there on a whim, or rearrange things without any thoughts to how people might actually want to use the things. I can't stand that I can't see what I'm doing or how my page looks to others. It's not customizable in the way that I like to customize things. I like to make categories and lists, and compartmentalize things in my own way, not this broad, vague way that Facebook forces you to do. I want all my links on the "Links" page to be separated by categories like I can do with friends, but it won't let me.  It's all very frustrating because I know I'm not an idiot, this shouldn't be so difficult, yet it is for me. I am a person who has learned how to use databases, I made both of my websites all by myself, I consider myself pretty savvy at learning new things, and yet Facebook has me flummoxed.

Anyway, I do have the page set up and it's under the name Prairie Dream Studio if you want to search on it and find it that way.  I'm pretty sure that you don't need a Facebook account to see it. Okay, I think this is a link to it. Like I said before, I will probably just try to link my blog posts there (if I can figure that out), and I will have a portfolio of finished works to display. I don't anticipate doing daily updates at this time, but you never know. It's very doubtful at this point. All my commission and sales announcements will still go through my Yahoo group.

One more small rant about my camera: I love my Nikon D80, it's an awesome camera, except for one thing: the custom white balance setting. There is a setting called "K", where you can set the color temperature that you want. I have figured out that the perfect white balance setting in most instances with my setup is 2900K. Well, guess what? The custom "K" setting only has 2850 or 2950! What the--! It's like they do this stuff to taunt me...


Sapokni said...

I will try again, see if this gets posted.

Becky Turner said...

I was able to see it.. and I had the same problem! I made my studio page then count find it! I also wish Id known about the games because Id have made a seperate account just for that.. I only play 2 but still, they show up in the feed and one you need to add members you dont really know to be able to play and so now i have a feed from people I dont know.. I only care if they were game related! now someone said there was a way to separate it I just haven't had time to ask how yet.. lots going on.. with my health.. I have tons to tell you.. but on my way to the doc to get a ultrasound of my uterus... let hope its not cancer.. sigh.. thats all I need on top of the rest.. anyways.. will email you later.. had a migraine yesterday and its not gone all the way yet so .. ttys I hope.
Becky Turner

elf said...

What if you clients are happy for you to keep a horse for year till it's perfect? *grin* Dafydd is coming along nicely Carol. He's gonna be stunning when you are finished.

Carol H. said...

Haha! Well, if that's what they wanted, I'd do it ;-)

Thanks for the comment!

HorseAndPony said...

Wow! I just found your blog. Your work is amazing!

Danelle said...

Carol, your work is just so breathtakingly beautiful! And your photos are gorgeous, too. What kind of camera do you have and use? Are you still using the Nikon from your 2020 blog post, here?