Is Quirky Art Real Art? Part II

Okay, so this art is really not in question at all. And the materials aren’t exactly “quirky.” And yet… something about the whole way these images landed in my inbox gave these the same aura of quirkiness as our Marzipan babies of last week.

Heather Jansch - untitled
Heather Jansch – untitled


After these driftwood and oak horses turned up in an email, without an artist’s name, I was compelled enough to go searching on Google.  “Driftwood horses” did not lead me to the artist’s website, but to another website,  where I did find her name and her website: Heather Jansch.

What I found most interesting, on this viewing adventure, was that the presentation of her images was so much better on the website that was not her own.

And herein lies a caution tale for artists:how you present your work online deeply impacts the level of how compelling your work comes across.

Just compare the two websites side-by-side. The first one is simple, fairly un-elegant, but her horses nearly leap off the page.

Whereas Heather Jansch’s website feels cramped and the horses don’t seem to have enough room to move.

This story ends well enough, since the viral aspect of how I learned about Jansch’s work has landed her here, on this blog.






But how much more mileage would she get if she followed the next artist we’ll look at next week?

6 Responses to “Is Quirky Art Real Art? Part II”

  1. Aloha Ariane,

    Wonderful blog and great newsletter!

    I love the work of Heather Jansch, I have seen it before and always wondered who the artist was.

    I think one reason artists and their images get separated from one another, is because people who use Stumble Upon add a pic, but fail to add the info. It is a real bummer I think, and just gripes the heck out of me.

    Once again, I love, love your blog here, great info!

    Happy Twittering, tweeting or whatever they call it! LOL.

    Aloha from Hawaii,


  2. Is Quirky Art Real Art?

    I say YES!

    I love Heather Jansch’s horse art and also discovered it in an email sent to me over a year or two ago. I too wanted to know more about the artist and did a search to find her site.

    It would have been easier if she had watermarked her photos with her website address (URL) and adding a logo in the corner is a good idea too.

    I thought her art was displayed well on her site and the photos were the same size as posted on the other site.

    I would have liked to view some closer details of her work in some larger photos. It would have also been nice to view a side show with music like the kind you make for free at

    P.S. This blog’s design is very nice! Thanks for displaying these wonderful driftwood horses – real art in my eyes!

  3. By the way, you should add the link to the first part in the posting above to make it easy for people to find:

    Is Quirky Art Real Art? –

  4. Rhiannon says:

    Interesting comparison…and it would seem to be a vote in favour of at least putting web address or name on all photos – so that finding the artist is never a problem. Not everyone’s work would be as easy to google as “driftwood horses”. I hadn’t seen them before…wonderful

  5. Laura Bray says:

    Congrats on the new blog!

  6. Ariane Goodwin says:

    One of the compelling aspects of this work is the context: unreal horses strolling, eating in natural “real” settings. Makes you realize the power of context.

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