About 1 Happy Artist

Katie Ayres, web developer and owner of 1 Happy Place, LLC

This website showcases the work of an artist. Designing and developing this website was a joy for me, Katie Ayres, web developer and owner of 1 Happy Place, as it is my passion to tell the story of an artist and their craft. The website design supports and holds the information, but quietly drifts into the background, allowing the visitor to explore the art unencumbered.

I chose Claude Monet's paintings for this example website for many reasons. The primary reason is that his work is Public Domain, so it is legal for me to use the images, which you can see on Wikimedia Commons.

But I also chose Monet because all of my showroom website's start with the name, 1 Happy, so it was logical to pick 1 Happy Artist for this website. I once had the fortunate experience of standing in a museum room filled with his haystacks. This was an artist who knew how to embrace life and see the beauty in something as ordinary as a haystack and the lighting around it. I admire that, and I would hope that if he saw this website, he would approve.

Honfleur France picturesque port
Honfleur, France from Wikipedia

The impressionist movement started in Northern France and specifically in a city named, Honfleur. I also had the happy chance of staying in Honfleur on my husband and I's honeymoon. It is a beautiful town and I can see why it served as inspiration for an amazing artistic movement.

Honfleur discussed on Wikipedia:

It is especially known for its old, beautiful picturesque port, characterized by its houses with slate-covered frontages, painted many times by artists, including in particular Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin, Claude Monet and Johan Jongkind, forming the école de Honfleur (Honfleur school) which contributed to the appearance of the Impressionist movement.

About Claude Monet

New York Times 1922 picture of Claude Monet in his garden
New York Times 1922 Picture of Monet in his Garden

Oscar-Claude Monet (November 14th, 1840 - December 5th, 1926) was a founder of French Impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein air landscape painting. The term "Impressionism" is derived from the title of his painting Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise), which was exhibited in 1874 in the first of the independent exhibitions mounted by Monet and his associates as an alternative to the Salon de Paris.

Monet's ambition of documenting the French countryside led him to adopt a method of painting the same scene many times in order to capture the changing of light and the passing of the seasons. From 1883 Monet lived in Giverny, where he purchased a house and property and began a vast landscaping project which included lily ponds that would become the subjects of his best-known works. In 1899 he began painting the water lilies, first in vertical views with a Japanese bridge as a central feature, and later in the series of large-scale paintings that was to occupy him continuously for the next 20 years of his life. [From Wikipedia]

Impression, Sunrise by Claude Monet
Impression, Sunrise