Five Questions for Gerald Barnes

Artspan sits down with collage artist Gerald Barnes

Your collages are like boxes of memories. How do you choose your images? Are any of them specific to your life? Your own relatives? Or are they historical figures?

The images I use reflect the things that interest me – art, literature, architecture, history, travel, graphic design and the human condition. I have a large library of material that I’ve collected over the years, ephemera, old magazines and newspapers, stamps and notes. I also use my own drawings and photographs. Usually I select one particular image and then build around that.  I have in the past used family photos but there are only so many times you can use Grandma and Grandpa! Some images are of historical figures. Mario García Menocal was President of Cuba from 1913 -1921 and looked like a Hollywood movie star.

 

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Website Makeovers: Before and After

Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in having a Website Makeover! The response has been overwhelming. If you sent me a request to look at your website, rest assured that I hope to get to each and every site that was submitted, if only to make a few suggestions for how to proceed. In the meantime, if you want to take a stab at redesigning your own site, send me before and after screenshots, and I’ll give you some suggestions and feature your site here on the blog! Let me know if you’re working on your site at claire@artspan.com. Be sure to make use of the tutorials in your control panel.

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The Final Result

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Website Makeovers: Before and After

Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in having a Website Makeover! The response has been overwhelming. If you sent me a request to look at your website, rest assured that I hope to get to each and every site that was submitted, if only to make a few suggestions for how to proceed. In the meantime, if you want to take a stab at redesigning your own site, send me before and after screenshots, and I’ll give you some suggestions and feature your site here on the blog! Let me know if you’re working on your site at claire@artspan.com. Be sure to make use of the tutorials in your control panel.

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The Final Result

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Five Questions for Kay Smith

Light through paint.

An interview with watercolor artist Kay Smith

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1. You describe your watercolor technique as “transparent.” Can you explain what this means and how the process works? 

Being able to see light pass through clear paint on paper is the hallmark of watercolor’s abilities and allure. I use transparents such as alizarin crimson, thalo blue/green, and arylide yellow mostly in initial washes if doing traditional work, and a mix of transparents with a few opaques if painting in a direct one-application manner.

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Website Makeover

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The Final Result

Welcome to Artspan’s new Website Makeover! Each month we’re going to choose one site to spruce up. Working with the artist, we’re going to update the design of the site, and we’re going to do a little work behind the scenes to improve SEO. We’re going to share the process so that you can see how easy it is to use our design tools, and to inspire you to keep your own site as beautiful as it can be. If you’d like us to consider your site for a design makeover, which will be featured on our blog, in our newsletter, and on social media, contact claire@artspan.com.

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