Annette Graham’s work is so strong that I thought a simple design would be best. So the changes I made to her site involved removing design elements rather than adding anything. I made the font of her site title much larger, made the navigation bar font much simpler, and let her arresting image speak for itself!
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!
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.
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.
Numbers Series #79
Light through paint.
An interview with watercolor artist Kay Smith
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.
An interview with abstract painter Kelly Burke
Your work seems very personal and connected to your mood or your view of the world on a particular day. You strike an interesting balance between feelings and ideas…the vague and the specific, the soft and the harsh. Do you paint in response to specific events in your life or the world around you? Do you find that your mood changes while you paint…that the very act of exploring your state of mind changes your state of mind?