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Mary O'Reilly <[log in to unmask]>
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Definitely not too many cooks!  I am excited about the revamping of 
my website over the past couple of days, all thanks to this input.

Point taken about painting from photography.  With some evening art 
classes coming up next month at UCSD extension, I'm looking forward 
to hopefully updating that portfolio.  It will be nice to have some 
dedicated time for that.

Thanks again!

>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:
>>Thanks again for many good ideas - I will get to work on a splash page.
>>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.
>>>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 
>>>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 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.
>>>>Mary O'Reilly wrote:
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