Resin, I'm new here and the last thing I want to do is have a flame war. I appreciate the advice you give, but I think you might be throwing the baby out with the bathwater in this instance. Saying that, you gave an opinion on a blog design which has altered maybe 20 times since.
Classic quote = "'Artistically', it looks like a blood bath." Lol, tell it like it is. I see the point though and you've all persuaded me there.
I guess my mistake is that I've basically put up my own design meant for a specific location, i.e. Liverpool, when I ought to just be doing a blank theme release without the liverbird logos and so on and so forth.
I suppose not many people would want a blog with Liverpool splashed all over it, plus the red of Liverpool and some more red and so on. I suppose also that the Christian symbol and the star is not everyone’s cup of tea. Bear in mind the banners are not going to be included, they are my own and I use them in css theme switchers elsewhere, and now the excellent WordPress theme switcher.
What I'll do is concentrate on a plain version of the design, keep the structural side of it but not force my own aesthetic choices of red, red and more red.
I'd never actually wear red nor would I want wallpaper that was red. I take the point.
I'm glad the basic idea of a three column WordPress 2.02 blog that looks ok on an 800 resolution screen is at least a good foundation to start on.
In defence of the errors in the three column themes on offer - I'd say most would be the excessive use of widgets and simple mistakes like not including alt text with images.
I realise that 99.99% of people looking to use WordPress do not care about errors in the xhtml or the css, but it is the 0.1% who do care who are right.
I would not rest with one error and I avoid some widgets like the plague because they invalidate and spoil what was pretty much a perfect example of xhtml and css design.
The animated fire looks good I thought, but needs tweaking. The candle is as good as animated candles come, nice small file size and the flame looks pretty good.
I'll post back when I lose the images and the red in the 3 column theme.
Thanks for the input, it helps a lot.