This update continues my customization of the blog feed.
The featured image now alternates automatically from right to left for each post in the loop using the CSS
nth-child(odd) pseudo selector. The solution was far simpler than I was making it out to be. My takeaway: Can it be done in CSS first?
The featured image for each post is now rendered as a background image inside its own div. This tutorial by Jesse Rand (which I adapted to Genesis) got me set on the right track. The approach is how desktop publishing software like InDesign and Quark Xpress have always dealt with images—and might I add, far more intuitively. There’s the box and there’s the image that goes in the box—each can be independently adjusted. I need granular control of the scaling, positioning and cropping for each of my featured images. I’ll probably create a simple gui so I can adjust my background image properties directly in the post editor, but for now, adding the properties to my style sheet will suffice.