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Your copy is much better as it now illuminates the academic  
credentials and places them in your career. Just from these exchanges,  
I think you must be a delightful person with whom to work. Go, lady,  
go.   joan

On Dec 15, 2009, at 7:27 PM, Kathleen Garness wrote:

I like the header much better now, Mary! Lightening the area just  
behind the type really makes it stand out without losing the splashy  
and exciting feel of it.

I hope you don't feel this is a case of 'too many cooks' - but it's  
been really interesting to see the different kinds of input each  
person suggested, isn't it?

What I would love to see more of in your online art portfolio is work  
that you've done from life, not photography. : ) It's so hard to  
really convey the fullness of dimension when looking at pictures. I  
think you caught some really nice naturalistic effects with the little  
girl with blue eyes, though! When I teach a class, at first people  
often bring in work they have done from photos and it's interesting to  
see their styles of doing so. The first and all subsequent classes, I  
always assign them still life work, both from ordinary things found  
around the house as well as objects from nature: simple exercises at  
first, then more complex. What's always a delight to me is seeing the  
difference in their work after six weeks/six assignments! : ) Give it  
a try! : )


On Dec 15, 2009, at 6:12 PM, Mary O'Reilly wrote:

> Britt,
> Thanks again for many good ideas - I will get to work on a splash  
> page.
> Joan,
> Thank you so much for the great feedback.  It is hilarious to think  
> that I might have come across as a hotshot. I guess I was  
> overcompensating for my dearth of formal training in art.  I am so  
> glad you pointed it out.  I gave it all a major overhaul and hope  
> that it comes across better.
> I love your analysis of the photo,  btw. I chose it because it made  
> me think of the sense of wonder you get from science and nature.   
> But I enjoy your description much more.
> Thanks to Kathy, Gretchen, Jeremy, Bruce for tips and  
> encouragement!! This listserve is such a fantastic resource.
> Best,
> Mary
>> I have no trouble whatever with the header. If you enlarge it to go  
>> across the page it is going to look too large and lean. There is  
>> nothing at all wrong with asymmetry.
>> If your emphasis is science illustration and you want to reach  
>> buyers of sci. illus. you have done a good job.
>> Your bio is OK. Not smashing, but it does convey information and  
>> your broad goal. The last sentence, if I were an art director  
>> looking at this, might give me a tiny moment's pause -- is this  
>> person going to be a hot shot? You might reword the sentence so  
>> that you convey the information that you can work with minimal  
>> supervision, that you can can also independently carry projects  
>> from start to successful conclusion. Just a matter of how you word  
>> it.
>> I like the woman standing in that architectural setting. She is  
>> miniscule yet she stands confident in this huge space. The massive  
>> space is non-threatening because of all the rhythmic arches. Nice  
>> touch of poetry there, Mary.
>> The fine art is weaker than the illustration, but it is going in  
>> the right direction. Love the sardonic expression on the dog's  
>> face. joan
>> On Dec 15, 2009, at 12:46 PM, Britt Griswold wrote:
>> The header is now more readable.  I am seeing a very wide  
>> navigation bar below it that seems not to be properly positioned.
>> Using you science Illustration collection as your front page works  
>> OK. But I would encourage you to work on a design for a splash page  
>> for your site that conveys your mission and stills and might  
>> include a small amount of text.
>> I would encourage you to make your header/banner equal to the  
>> maximum width of your site page, in this design.  If you can  
>> control the page width, I think you could narrow it to the width  
>> needed to contain your thumbnail previews. That would make a good  
>> maximum width for your site page.
>> Britt
>> Britt Griswold wrote:
>>> Two general comments:
>>> You need to make the text of your site banner bolder, or the  
>>> background image lighter/less contrasty, or a combination of both.  
>>> It is too hard to read now.
>>> On your homepage blog you need to talk up your art a big more. I  
>>> was not even sure from the text if this was your art or just stuff  
>>> you found interesting that you wanted in your blog.
>>> Britt
>>> Mary O'Reilly wrote:
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