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.

Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 4.20.45 PM.png

The Final Result

Continue reading

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.

Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 4.15.59 PM

The Final Result

Continue reading

Five Artists Who Kept Their Day Job

y1pykvaayi5xmsdvghrmb5yw43c2tjuiianfkiyrwzefyown8vmpvtuwunzlrfrcijort9ysgwmzjw

Henry Darger (1892-1973) Henry Darger, an outsider artist, was orphaned at a young age, and grew up in a succession of boys’ homes and asylums. At the age of 16, he escaped, and found work as a custodian in a Catholic Hospital, a job he held until he retired in 1963. Larger compiled stories thousands of pages long, and made beautiful inscrutable illustrations for them.

Continue reading

Fifteen Female Photographers You Should Know About

Fifteen female photographers who have helped to shape the way we see the world.

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) A British photographer known for her painterly, softly blurred portraits. She began taking pictures when whe was 48 years old and within a year became a member of the Photographic Societies of London and Scotland. She wrote, “I longed to arrest all the beauty that came before me and at length the longing has been satisfied.”

Unknown-1

Margaret Bourke White (1904-1971) Born in the Bronx, Bourke-White went on to travel the world. She was the first woman to work as a war photojournalist, the first female photographer for Life magazine, and the first photographer to be permitted to take pictures of Soviet industry. She photographed Buchenwald concentration camp, Gandhi at his spinning Wheel, and Joseph Stalin with a smile.

American photographer and journalist Margaret Bourke-White (1904 - 1971) perches on an eagle head gargoyle at the top of the Chrysler Building and focuses a camera, New York, New York, 1935. (Photo by Oscar Graubner/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

American photographer and journalist Margaret Bourke-White (1904 – 1971) perches on an eagle head gargoyle at the top of the Chrysler Building and focuses a camera, New York, New York, 1935. (Photo by Oscar Graubner/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Continue reading

Five Female Artists You Should Know About

This week: The Painters.

Artemisia Gentileschi  (July 8, 1593 – c. 1656) an Italian painter, is today considered one of the most accomplished painters in the generation following that of Caravaggio. In an era when women painters were not easily accepted by the artistic community or patrons, she was the first woman to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence. She was known for her powerful naturalistic style, and for her involvement in a rape trial. Her painting of Judith Slaying Holofernes shows a remarkably violent struggle, in contrast to many other paintings of the same scene that show Judith as weak and shrinking.

250px-Artemisia_Gentileschi_-_Giuditta_decapita_Oloferne_-_Google_Art_Project

Continue reading

Ten Places to Submit Your Jewelry or Craft Online

Bird Box #9

Bird Box #9

A few weeks ago we published a post listing sites that will share a photo and a link of your artwork. Many of our Artspan members also make jewelry, textiles, and decorative arts, so we assembled a list of sites that will accept jewelry, wearables, and other handmade items. If you can think of any that we should add, let us know!

Bracelet by Clare Marshall

Bracelet by Clare Marshall

Continue reading

Inspiration: Mary Ann Willson

Unknown

We know just enough about Mary Ann Willson that we want to know more. What little we know about Willson comes from two anonymous letters and a short biography in Richard Lionel De Lisser’s Picturesque Catskills, Greene County, which was first published in 1894. We know that she lived in the early nineteenth century, we know that she was one of the earliest American watercolor painters, we know that her style was untaught, naive, primitive. We know that she and her friend “Miss Brundadge” moved from Connecticut to the wilds of New York State, bought a few acres and lived in a log cabin.

x_mawillson12

Continue reading

Art on Film: Séraphine

 Séraphine tells the true story of Séraphine Louis, a maid who has a secret passion for painting. She’s “discovered” by Wilhelm Uhde, a noted art critic who happens to be renting space in the house where Séraphine is employed. That’s the story of the film, but the film is truly about Séraphine herself; about her slow, quiet movements, about her passions and fears and loneliness. The film itself is slow and quiet, following Séraphine as she collects the materials to make paint, which is a mysterious and beautiful ritual.

dyn007_original_800_541_pjpeg_2633411_6a790e5107fc13fe0ca3ce8ef19af9e4

Séraphine is happiest outdoors, and her almost religious love of nature translates into her paintings, which are wild and vibrant and beautiful. Séraphine doesn’t paint for wealth or fame, she paints for the glory of god, and because she has to paint. She has a lush, vivid world inside of her head, and it spills out onto the canvas with a sort of ecstasy. She paints with her hands, with the power of her whole body, and the fervor of her fevered soul.

Exit Through the Gift Shop and Vivian Maier: Inspiration

Unknown-1

Exit Through the Gift Shop is a film that may or may not have been directed by elusive British street artist Bansky, and is about Thierry Guetta, who may or may not be a real person and who may or may not also be an artist named Mr. Brainwash. Is the whole film a mischievous hoax? A straight documentary? A mix of fact and fiction? I believe it is, of course, the last one, as are all films. (It’s clearly not, as Banksy claims, a re-edit of hundreds of hours of Guetta’s footage of street artists at work, because Guetta is in at least 90% of the shots.)

Continue reading