Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Introducing the new and improved website

I am happy to announce that I am "done" (for now) with the overhaul of my website!!! It is not going to be redirected to until probably next week, due to some technical issues. However, you can still see it by clicking here. I chose the second header, since that one was voted most popular by all of you, my beloved blog readers. I did get a little help from a good friend on the font. You will be able to see it in action! This will be so nice, because I can update the website myself. My husband used to all of my web work, and he did a great job, but it was time for me to take it over.

I celebrated by buying some of this incredibly decadent ice cream Starbucks makes called Java chip. This stuff is dangerous, but amazingly good. It probably has absolutely no nutritional value, but I will say it is good for the soul. And it will cool a person off on a hot day. We have plenty of those here in Joshua Tree. (For example, it is currently 6 pm and 99 degrees F outside.)

Pono the dog and I came across a jojoba bush (photo at the top) this morning on our daily run/walk. For those of you who aren't familiar with Simmondsia chinensis, this bush is most famous for the oil found in the jojoba nut. It is often used in fragrances, lotions or other cosmetics. Coincidentally, I just bought some body butter today that has jojoba oil in it! It is also being researched for use as a biofuel. How benign it looked, just sitting there in the sandy ol' desert. For more reading about the jojoba, click here. Here is a close up shot of the jojoba nut, which is still green. Eventually, it will turn a dark brown color.


Melissa & Emmitt said...

hi karine!
oh! your website is wonderful! i love the piece you chose to feature and your artist statement is perfect!
great job!!!

Anke said...

Thumbs up!!!! I agree you did a great job with your new webpage you must have been so excited and satisfied after posting it! Enjoy the success doing all by yourself!
Jojobaplant, hey you make your own cream from it, smiles, Anke ;)

priya said...

all your pictures look wonderful on the website karine. and by the way, you are very skilled with charcoal, your anatomy studies are great. but my favourites will always be the prints.

kate smudges said...

I have never seen a jojoba tree ... it looks interesting ... I'd love to be able to see the vegetation that you get to see on your walks with Pono.

I'm glad you chose the header that you did. That's what I would have voted for. It looks great on the website ... you've done well and no wonder you celebrated in style. (Ice cream is always nutritious, in my books ... it does have some dairy product in it which means calcium, so just think how you helped build your bones ... I can rationalise eating most everything I love!)