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Browsing the tags and other new features

A major event in my artistic life recently has been the re-launch of my website using WordPress, a much more sophisticated content management system than the one I used before. This involves a more direct and simpler presentation that gives prominence to the paintings and drawings without the presence of distracting decorative elements. There are also many improvements in functionality.

For example you can now browse images by such aspects as the year in which they were made or thematic elements  like the inclusion of boats, references to seasons of the year etc. The most reliable way to do this is by clicking on one of the words or numbers listed in the Tags list that appears below the Category at lower right of each image page as shown here.

Location of Tags

You can also try using the search facility at top right of each page. (Some tag names seem to work better there than others bearing in mind that such searches cover more than just the tags).

Another feature of the new website is the improved handling of images themselves. Hovering over the full frame image on a page may well give you a more close up view depending on the digital resolution of the uploaded photo that I currently have in place for that image. At the moment the most recent work shows this best, for example see https://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/product/goosewing/ as well as https://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/product/cornish-wrestling/and https://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/product/confronting-beast-lafrowda-2017/ . In each case you will notice a + sign at top right of the image as well. Clicking on this gives you a larger view of the whole thing and you may even be able to enlarge this to your screen size further using another + sign at  top right of the resulting pop-up. Clicking on the black surround returns you to the page containing all the information about that piece as well as the links to other pages.

Another feature to be found initially on pages about original paintings still available is a view-in-room image which you can access by clicking its thumbnail below the main picture. This means that you no longer have to visit the painting’s page on Artstack to see such a visualisation.

To keep this brief I am not here going to write about the personal symbolism for me of each of the three new paintings whose images you can reach through the links above. Suffice to say that all three spring from my response as an artist to aspects of my current fight with cancer and that further descriptions will appear on their image pages in due course; that too is a useful feature of the new content management system that I intend to make full use of as my website continues to grow.