Recently, Michelle announced the launch of WordPress.com/portfolios. If you take photographs, record music and video, illustrate and paint, or design things, you can build a portfolio here on WordPress.com, using one of our portfolio themes.
I was curious to see how painters use WordPress.com as an ultimate canvas to compile and display their masterpieces. If you’re a painter looking for ways to build your online portfolio, find inspiration from these artists:
Born in the Philippines and now living in New Mexico, self-taught painter Fatima Ronquillo paints classically inspired portraits. Yet her body of work also evokes magical realism — it’s playful and even eerie. Fatima’s gallery of paintings covers seven years (click on “Works” in the menu to browse back to 2007), so take the time to browse her collection. She uses Portfolio, a premium theme in our Theme Showcase.
Under the “Representation” tab, she’s created pages for her work in galleries in New Mexico, Utah, and Texas; and under “About,” you’ll find links to her biography and a detailed résumé listing past exhibitions and press.
In addition to the evergreen content on these pages, she has a blog, accessible in the main menu. (You can set up your site this way, too; read about the Front Page option on our Support site.) On her blog, she announces exhibitions, shares new paintings, and muses on her craft. And she does so beautifully: in “Love for one’s work,” you’ll see her words are as delicate as her brush strokes:
As for myself, I love my work but rarely do I enjoy it. Drawing is pleasurable because it is immediately gratifying. Perhaps this is why I jealously guard my drawings and am reluctant to show them; they are my private joy. Painting on the other hand is too difficult and slow going. So why do I paint? For the same reason why Proust’s narrator pursues writing: love. If drawing is the seed of an idea, then an oil painting for me is that idea fully realized.
The goal is a water colour painting a day, regardless of what’s going on. The purpose is to seek out 20-30 minutes of unplugged quiet time every day. . . . The world around us is getting busier all the time. In what ways might I create that meditative space for myself?
Ian Rosenfeldt approaches Zany4Days as an experiment: to step outside of his comfort zone, to create something artistic on a regular basis, and to carve out personal time each day. He uses a free theme, Hatch, which is perfect for his painting-a-day project. Hatch is a minimal theme, yet the grid-style design displays bold images, and the colors pop against the solid black background.
If you’re interested in creating a visual layout like this using Hatch, you need to set Featured Images in each of your posts. To do this, find the Featured Image module on the bottom right when you’re creating or editing a post and select the image to appear in the grid.
We also like how Ian captures the spiral binding of his notebook in each shot, which creates a visual motif as you scroll down his front page. He’s invited us to peek into his artistic process, page after page. It’s a unique, personal touch.
Maurice Sapiro, a longtime painter in Connecticut, paints landscapes, still life, and dreamscapes and uses a customized Nishita theme to display his moody and ethereal pieces, inspired by the outdoors as well as the human figure. The Nishita theme works well with big images — its default “photoblog” layout is super-wide at 1024 pixels, which puts the focus on Maurice’s artwork.
You can also choose between a light and dark color scheme, and here, the white background showcases the delicate shades of his paintings. With large images, the viewer can see and appreciate the subtle layers and technique and movement of his brush.
Unlike Fatima and Ian above, who use a front page-style and grid-like design to present their paintings, Maurice opts for a traditional blog layout. At the top, he has an extensive custom menu to various pages, categories, and custom links to his other sites so you can easily explore his breadth of work spanning 60 years. To start, take a look at his collections of watercolors, “poured paintings,” and skyscapes.
To provide space for his super-wide images, he skips a sidebar but takes advantage of the three widget areas in the footer, using Image Widgets to link to his work on eBay, as well as the Top Posts & Pages, My Community, and Posts I Like Widgets to display notable content and the online network he’s built.
Check out other painters making a splash on WordPress.com:
- Lisa Kairos: Open Studio (encaustic painting, mixed media)
- Joshua Dildine (spray paint, mixed media, acrylic)
- Lina Raymond (acrylic on wood and canvas)
- Art by Ken (abstract and organic mixed media)
- Justin Beckett: Canadian Painter (acrylic landscape and nature)
- Art of Jodi Magi (great use of the tiled gallery on her Paintings and Drawings page)
Feb 6th at 7:46 pm
Hi Cheri, Super useful information on creating portfolios for artistic and educational work. Well done article. Thanks!
Feb 6th at 8:08 pm
Hi Cheri, are there any themes (preferably free) that prevent your images from being R-click downloaded? That’s one of the great things about Flash. Thanx !
Feb 6th at 8:23 pm
Painters with portfolios on wordpress soooo cooollll!!! And for musicians too! Woweee! Check it ouuuttttt! Love,mali
Feb 6th at 8:27 pm
Thanks for this. My daughter is an aspiring painter!
Feb 6th at 8:34 pm
great stuff as always, certainly not grim, in a global sense.
Feb 6th at 11:30 pm
¡Qué bella galería!
Fortunato is incredible!
Feb 6th at 11:56 pm
Not much point in posting portfolios with Google stealing all our work.
Feb 7th at 2:39 am
Reblogged this on coreymanning and commented:
This is fantastic. I have been looking for a blogging format that is conducive to an artist’s portfolio and it looks like I found it. I like the content as well – very original and cool. I hope to be getting this premium version soon – for now, i just have my regular blog.
Feb 7th at 9:41 am
Thanks Cheri for introducing me to some new artists and their work. Would be pleased for the critical eye of any of the WordPress community to comment on my art – it’s quite a step to put things online – I think Fatima’s comment about her drawings is so true – they can be intensely personal and hard to share. I’m happy to have managed to get started and to post for a couple of months – but even happier to be able to see the process of other artists at work here. Hope to move onto WordPress102 and sharpen up in time.
Feb 7th at 12:57 pm
As someone who loves art and art history, I really enjoyed this blog and learning about the painter. Paint is my favorite type of art so I really connected with the work!
Feb 7th at 4:01 pm
Greate post, the art works are wonderfully made!
Feb 7th at 4:58 pm
That was an excellent post. Thanks.
Feb 7th at 5:30 pm
Thank you for this post. I’m working on a gallery in the memory of my father, Arie Cohen (arie-arts.com), with his artworks, and its nice to see others who share their great arts on wordpress.
Feb 7th at 9:04 pm
Another artist’s site – madhulikajindal.wordpress.com.
Feb 8th at 10:31 am
Very cool. I love watercolors but understand drawing is much quicker. I liked the female artist from the Philippines… that is how she expressed herself. (Fatima)
Feb 8th at 4:20 pm
Thanks for sharing a great story.
Feb 10th at 12:32 pm
Thanks Cheri! This is very useful and I’m going to try to apply some of it. I’ve been on wordpress for around three years, showcasing about 25 years of work, and rarely get a hit. Can’t figure out why. Perhaps this will help.
Feb 11th at 6:47 am
So lovely photographs.
Feb 11th at 2:46 pm
Wrong link on first line.
Feb 12th at 2:52 pm
Thanks for the info Cheri!
Feb 13th at 1:31 am
Nick Lassiter of nickillustrates.com is another up and coming artist
Great idea this seems to be a nice little network of artist sharing art. Thank you for taking the time to blog this!!
Feb 15th at 4:52 am
I enjoyed it all. I’m really drawn into the “Zany4Days” watercolors…especially the painting featuring the octopus.
Feb 16th at 2:51 pm
Thank you for this information! It’s really valuable and inspiring for me as I am stille learning to use web and my blog efficiently.
Feb 17th at 10:47 am
Feb 17th at 11:10 pm
This is great, thanks! X
Feb 18th at 5:31 am
great to see artists in the bloggosphere!!
Feb 18th at 7:49 am
Thanks for sharing the article. I might look at changing my theme now.