1. You happened to stumble on this place blindly.
Or more likely...
2. You're here because your looking to see what I'm doing now that FTW has been retired so to say.
Both are okay and I'm glad you're here.
With this new site, it will not have anywhere near the bells and whistles that FTW has. Of course it will not do the job that FTW did either. That's not the point of this site. The purpose of this site is so that I can share my commission work with my Clients (friends really since I do so much work for them) and those other folks who are interested in seeing what I do.
The real focus is going to be on sharing what I've done and what I've learned. This place is not going to be as polished as FTW. Those that know, that kind of thing requires a huge amount of work to do. I'm really going to just be sharing what I do over each week (hopefully once a week) with some pics of what I'm working on at the time.
There will be no regular features, no daily columns or mandated posting.
Just hobby content as I make progress on my projects.
I've taken stock in what I'm doing and what I want to do from here on out and I'm determined not to let this blog become the priority over my work and even more importantly, my family. I love this hobby, but it will come and go over time. Family will always be here and they will always be first for me.
So, I figure the best thing to do is for you to toss this site into your list of blogs to read and when you see something new, swing by and see what I'm up to. I plan on trying to post once a week with an update on what I've been able to work on. I'd like to share the things that I've learned, tried out, experimented with and let you guys know what worked and what didn't. I don't think I'll have all the super in-depth tutorials here like I did on FTW, but I will continue sharing the tips and tricks I use in my work.
Those huge tutorials require a substantial amount of time to put together (as most of you all already know) and I'm going to be more focused on simply sharing what I do here. I will say that I'm not running away from them though. If it works out that I can post one here as part of sharing what I've done for the week, then I'll certainly be doing that.
I'm hoping that by keeping the focus very limited with this site, I can spend my time with my family and the hobby time I do get will be put to it's best use. Maybe now I can start really enjoying the hobby and look at it from a spectator standpoint instead of a business.
And for those who are curious, the name for this blog comes from how I used to paint gun barrels. I used to put a black dot on the end of them and I always thought it would make for a cool sounding painting studio name.
edit: I struggled with whether or not to add the Followers widget to this blog. I opted to leave off the traffic coding on this site as that's not the purpose here. I want to say thank you to everyone who is signing up to follow this site. It means a great deal to me.