I am feeling very inspired by Maurice Sapiro’s photography. Maurice’s photos are like nothing I have ever seen before. They have a very painterly and impressionistic quality, with grain, blur, and fading. There is something so classical and timeless about these images that I just can’t get enough of. Maurice is also a very accomplished painter, but I will leave that for another post!
Yes, I am the person they put up those giant velvet ropes for in art museums. I admit I like to get up close and personal with artwork. I want to get right up in the artists business and see every brushstroke and detail. I am an artist, and my natural instinct is to examine for techniques and learn from these masterpieces. I figure if the artist painted it, they wanted people to see it. So I say, if there is no rope, I’m getting all up in that!
Well, this viewing technique varies from museum to museum. I have been berated for being too close to the artwork (even though was no rope, tape, or anything in sight letting me know my limits). I have also been told I was not allowed to point at a painting because it looked like I was touching it. I would never touch a painting, but I guess this lady ruined it for everyone.
The whole reason I go to art museums is because no publication can get every detail, color, depth, and scale of an original painting. Seeing works in real life is the best way to view art, but if I can no longer get close to a tiny 5x6in painting so I can see what was painted, then what is the point?
Well, fear not my art loving friends! You will no longer have to be yelled at in a classy museum. The Rijks Museum lets you view paintings at very high resolutions. The detail is so great that you can see brushstrokes! While it may not be as good as viewing in real life, it is definitely second best! I think all art museums should have a website like this!!
This logo is one of the many non-exclusive designs available in my Etsy shop for small business branding. The design is inspired by shabby chic home decor. My goal was a logo with a mix of country, vintage, French style cottage, and a dash of glamour!
Before I started designing this logo I created a mood board, or as some people call it an inspiration board. Here I chose a few images I felt represented the vibe I was looking to add in the final logo. I also put together a full color scheme on the right side which helps to solidify and tie the mood board together.
Once I had the mood board made, I started working on the logo. I chose a western inspired font, which creates a nice text block to design around. I added a little feminine glamour, by placing flourishes above and below. The flourishes changed the logo from rectangular to a nice balanced circle. To top it off, I gave the logo a texture for a weathered and worn look.
This shabby chic, vintage inspired logo is now live in my Etsy shop and ready to be customized with a business name and color scheme of the clients liking!
First off let me apologize to those of you who have been trying to keep tabs on me for the last couple of years through the web. It has been one heck of a ride! I have had SO many websites on SO many platforms, it just got to be too much for even me to keep up with. But each and every site was a learning experience. Now, for the first time, I feel like my portfolio and blog have a nice home. I am not second guessing my decision, the design really shows my style, and everything is in ONE place!! I could not ask for more!
I have used Wordpress, Tumblr, Blogspot (where I could not even get through the registration) and I have coded my own websites. Let me tell you, after all of those trial and error attempts, nothing compares to SquareSpace (my new home on the web)!
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with these other sites, in fact I still plan on keeping my Tumblr blog, but before this website, I had three different portfolio sites through Wordpress. One site for my artwork, one for my photography, and one for graphic design. I also had a Wordpress blog which I customized using code, and it would get wacky after updates, and I had to fumble around to fix it. Each of these sites had separate logins, each with different coding and templates (not to mention all of the social media sites to try and keep up with!) I found myself making excuses to not update my portfolio sites and blog. It ALL just seemed like too much!!! I was completely overwhelmed to say the least. I knew there had to be an easier way.
Through Squarespace, there is little to no coding required, and all of there templates are very well designed and professional. You can drag and drop content right where you need it. Upload imagery that is automatically resized to fit the template. There is easy access to link all of your social networks to the site. You can easily adjust colors, fonts, sizes, and quickly change the size of columns on your site just by clicking and dragging until you get it just right. I am thoroughly impressed at how easy it is to update! Squarespace is such a time saver, and that makes me one happy camper! (Oh and did I mention they also have a built in E-Commerce storefront so you can sell things right on your site!)
So, welcome again to my new Squarespace site/blog, take off your shoes and look around for a bit. I’m glad you came!