Out with the Old, In with the New

by Lacy Vannatta

Well hello there friends!    
    It has been too long since I have posted a blog; because I have been working on a better website theme! The old theme was nice but this new theme is so much easier to navigate and  much prettier, better all around. Sometimes you just have to throw away the old stuff and start anew. I am a perfectionist, as many of us are, so when I heard from family and friends that my website wasn’t that easy to navigate. I knew I had to do something, but what?            

    I spent about a week looking at my website, just thinking and looking over everything to see what I could do to make the viewers experience better than it was. I had looked at the site for way too long. Usually when doing any type of art it tends to be beneficial to have someone else look over it and critique the work since looking at it for too long hides aspects that could make it so much better, almost making the piece blurry in a sense. 

I just couldn’t see everything that needed to be fixed. 

    Then, a few weeks ago, I had decided to reach out to my old Graphics Teacher from college to see what he had to say about it since he always helped my other artwork. Everyone needs help sometimes and it’s better to ask for help than to just struggle on your own. I wasn’t sure if he would have time to message me back since classes are currently in session but to my surprise he did and looked over my site to give his critique. He had so many valid points, as per usual. I have grown to love and respect the critiques he gives me since they are honest and useful which is why he was one of my favorite teachers.  

    He gave his critique and I mulled it over for a few days then decided the only logical thing to do is start over. If at first you don’t succeed, right? -Right! Sometimes starting over with a fresh outlook can be beneficial providing you with a better alternative. 

    This is the part where I tell you the moral of the story; after rereading what I already wrote I can see there are actually 2 morals to this story. You should never feel like you can’t ask for help, there is always someone that can lend a hand that may have a bit more experience to offer. Then there’s my favorite, if at first you don’t succeed try and try again. If you learn from an experience in life it isn’t a mistake, merely a learning exercise. Life is full of surprises and we are not all expected to know how or what to do about everything, that’s just impossible. So ask questions and take those answers into consideration and think things through. 

To my entire community thank you, I appreciate you all and have a wonderful November day!