We sit down with photographer Pauline Fowler.
Your work is beautifully textured and layered, and you describe your work as “textural photography.” Can you describe your process?
I use multiple photographs ( all my own nowadays unless stated! ) to overlay on to my original image and create an atmosphere and story. I often do water colour washes on paper, photograph them, and add them as textural layers….you could call it mixed media! The layers should enhance, not overtake, the original image, and the original image is the most important part!
I didn’t make too many changes to Victoria Pendragon‘s site. Her work is so vibrant and alive that a simple template seemed the best choice. I noticed that her signature–initials twined around each other–would make a great logo. I asked Victoria to send me a few examples, we chose one, and adjusted the font colors to match.
Evans Robinson Jr. has long been one of my favorite Artspan artists. I love his evocative, keenly observed landscapes and cityscapes. He was using one of our oldest templates, which showed up small and cramped on a regular computer, and was not viewable on mobile devices. I switched to a newer template, and updated the text to some of our newer fonts. I tried to use the colors on his original site, though by necessity they showed up in different parts of the design. I added a home page, with an image that draws you into the site. And with the new template, the galleries are automatically arranged in a way that makes it easier to view the individual artworks.
We sit down with sculptor Dan Murphy.
1. I like the combination of darkness and light in your work…your sculptures are sinister and humorous at the same time. Do you think about this balance as you create?
Definitely. Nobody likes getting hit on the head with a hammer, which is what happens when the work is too dark. The flip side is nobody looks at the work seriously if it’s just humorous. Since I see myself primarily as a storyteller, I have to have conflict, and that conflict between light and dark is as fundamental and universal as you can get.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to make use of the tutorials in your control panel.
Welcome to our group show NEW & NOW 2016.
Thank you to everyone who entered. We received much wonderful art! In the end we selected this group of five diverse artists, some trying something new, and some perfecting an established genre and medium.