We are 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 Ronquillopaints 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.
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.
Maurice Sapiro, a longtime painter in Connecticut, paints landscapes, still life, and dreamscapes and uses a customized Nishitatheme 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.
Veteran art lovers and novices alike will pause with wonder at the innovative, engaging work over at Subatomic Tourism. Here, the artist/blogger places small figurines in unexpected locations, from parksto museums, and takes their photograph, using our everyday world as if it were a theater set designed for inanimate miniatures. The result is at once humorous and unsettling.
The sparse Twenty Ten theme, with little more than a custom header and a lightly populated sidebar, amplifies the eerie effect: we start to question, after spending some time on this blog, whether it’s possible the figurines really have taken over.
Working in oil painting, artist Anita C. Miller breathes new life into a traditional medium, infusing her landscape and still life work with bold colors and even bolder textures. She occasionally invites her visitors to witness her work process, showing not only finished work but also the sketches and photos on which the paintings rely.
The Truly Minimal theme allows the artist to foreground the natural splendor of the prairie with little visual distraction. The ample white space lets her commentary and images coexist in harmony, without competing for the visitor’s attention.
If you’re thirsty for another behind-the-scenes look at the creative process, you should also visit Drawing the MotMot, the blog of an Oklahoma-based nature lover featuring sketches, photos, and commentary about her work, on top of the drawings themselves.
Street art is notoriously difficult to curate and archive: you can’t take down a wall whenever you see a cutting-edge mural, after all. Enter TOKIDOKI, a globetrotting traveler and avid photographer, who documents the textures of urban landscapes from Mexico City to Beirut. Stencil art, stickers, tags, posters: the blog channels the raw energy of the city with loving attention to detail.
With an unfussy look, long streams of images, and an easy-to-navigate sidebar, TOKIDOKI uses Forever — a theme primarily geared toward wedding sites — to emulate a stroll through streets waiting to be discovered.
For another international take on street art blogging, don’t miss the aptly named graffiti, a blog by a Sweden-based graffiti photographer.