About 1 Happy Artist

1 Happy Artist started out as the website I would have built for Claude Monet, had he lived in the 21st century. What fun it has been to think of the exhibition listing, the gallery and the prices that would have been listed and to watch his career soar!

It started out as a prototype for me to work out websites for visual artists, allowing me to demonstrate the various features of a visual artist website, which involves complicated features, such as a temporal exhibition listing that is easy for the website visitor to understand. It also shows a big categorized gallery that allows the website visitor to float through images and absorb the work, but also to click “Read More” about each image and go to the landing page for each piece, allowing visitors to inquire about purchasing it, or with full e-commerce Add to Cart button.

I then launched the Love Letters blog to start a project allowing any creative professional to write a Love Letter to Monet, learn about blogging and promote their digital presence through the author page.

About Claude Monet

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]

About 1 Happy Place

Hello! My name is Katie Ayres and I am a senior WordPress developer and owner of 1 Happy Place. I build and maintain websites for creative professionals, such as visual artists, musicians and authors. I also provide training through my YouTube Channel, a blog on my website and through online classes that are geared toward helping my clients feel comfortable with their website.

Designing and developing this website was a joy for me, as it is my passion to tell the story of a creative professional 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. Please feel free to follow me through my newsletter or social media by heading to my website 1HappyPlace.com. See you there!