• (AA)  Marginal gains

    In a bid to make myself look more like a real-life artist I have decided to put sizes in the captions to my work.

  • (R)  Isola Del Giglio

    Fat white outlines on flat colour backgrounds, an innovation indicator, a black-eyed, dancing frog and a strange old magician.

  • (KB)  Create an archive page of all the media on your WordPress site.

    As I had partitioned all of my work into posts I wanted somewhere I could view the images only and then click through to the post with which the image was associated with if the image piqued my interest.

  • (AA)  When in doubt, scribble wildly

    Draw a limb before drawing the rest of the body, that way there is no way you will get the proportions right. That is the aim.

  • (KB)  Stop users adding terms to a taxonomy

    I used this to stop anyone adding terms to a taxonomy that we needed to be set to a set of specific terms. Once they were added to the databases across all environments the below was added to the functions file.

  • (KB)  “Disable” a WordPress post type archive page

    We will not actually disable the page. As far as I can tell these cannot be disabled (please do let me know if they can). We will redirect it to the home page. Good practice, no, good for the user, no, time saving, yes. Please! If anyone has any ideas that would make this nicer please share.

  • (KB)  A vanilla JS structure for hover states on more than one element

    If you want to do some crazy hover effects using javascript on multiple elements on a page then use this structure. This technique is useful if you want to use something from the mousemove event, like the mouse position.

  • (AA)  Persistence is paying dividends

    Scribbles, swirls and stripes are all things I was not really thinking about at the beginning. But those marks, combined with the greyscale are starting to give the drawings a bit of zing. They also make it look more toy. Important. Very important.

  • (KB)  Adding inline SVGs in WordPress

    Finding the best way to include SVG files in Wordpress can be a little confusing. There doesn't seem to be a clear answer anywhere.

  • (AA)  The light

    I always pride myself on being pragmatic and not wallowing around in a dirty bath filled with self pity, but sometimes I find myself in that bath.

  • (KB)  Using a direct SQL query in place of the wp_query loop

    This means it isn't running through all the Wordpress functions that are not relevant to our particular scenario thus increasing the speed of the query drastically.

  • (KB)  Correctly setting a different number of posts per page on a WordPress archive page
    Correctly setting a different number of posts per page on a WordPress archive page

    I found out recently that you should not be using a custom WP_Query on an archive page if you don't want to cause major issues with your pagination. However, for this particular Custom Post Type archive page I needed to set a different number of posts per page than was set in the admin settings for the blog page.

  • (AA)  All children can paint

    They never miss or let you miss the important things, like the scar on your forehead in a  family portrait. They know exactly when a drawing is finished and they are always happy with it.

  • (AA)  The darkness

    I need those likes. I'm a confidence player and I'm low on gas.... Ergghhhhhh. This is dark man. How can I carry on?

  • (R)  Elite Removals
    Flower Saturday Market

  • (KB)  Writing an admin notice after saving a post in WordPress

    I recently had to write an alert to a user after the saving of an ACF options page. I did so by using the Wordpress admin_notices action.

  • (CS)  Futurity
    Mafia Tabak

    I tried not to think too much about it when I was doing it. I didn’t want negative thoughts to scare me off trying anything.

  • (R)  Adlay Artbay
    Cream, window display, Surry Hills

  • (AA)  A new job

    A change in medium is probably necessary. I can't set up in the park with full set of paints and an easel - I'll get paint on my suit.

  • (AA)  I might try a wall

    I drew a few more trees because someone made an off-hand comment about liking them.

  • (R)  Team Roo

  • (AA)  A new commission

    A painting doesn't have to be good for someone to take it, you just have to talk it up. It does help if it is free though.

  • (CS)  MSXTOU

    There is something very satisfying and refreshing about the colours being selected by something out of our control – it often throws up some great pairings.

  • (AA)  A new pad of paper

    I am painting the drawings I did earlier in the year. It is great because you aren't looking at a photo or real life, which means you aren't caught up in realism.

  • (A)  Track your downfall with a simple cashflow forecast.

    Better to prepare for the worst than to put jobs that are only pie in the sky. Wait till the contract is signed (if you have one…) and the schedule is in place before you start counting the money.

  • (A)  Set an hourly rate using maths!

    It is actually based on what you need to earn to survive and not just what your mate down the street is charging or what you blurted out in a panic whilst having a coffee with the client.

  • (A)  Receive money BEFORE you work

    Despite the promise of quick payment in exchange for bending our rules this has always led to the opposite — huge delays in the final payment.

  • (AA)  A new set of paints

    Picasso's widely acclaimed blue period was not a conscious decision by a brilliant artist or a reflection of his state of mind after his friend's death — there was only blue paint left at Bunnings.

  • (KB)  Getting Google Maps API’s to work with Advanced Custom Fields

    Google map embeds have recently become a massive pain in the butt. You need api keys to embed them, which is fine but the documentation is seriously disjointed and overly complicated.

  • (R)  Inside the box