Three Generations of Asturian-American Painters
The Arte Asturias site began as a means of exhibiting the paintings of three generations of painters. As the site developed, it became a storytelling medium, too.
This site recycled features originally developed for www.RealistPainting.com, including the gallery pages, the contact page, and send an e-card feature. The most popular pages on this site are those which tell the personal story of each artist.
Each artist's "gallery" has a main page which shows all of the paintings with thumbnails. If the visitor clicks on any of the images, this opens another window with a larger version of the same image. The visitor may then click through the gallery painting by painting, in either direction.
The greeting card feature allows users to send a friend a digital greeting card using one of the images from the galleries. The sender chooses an image and writes a message. The program sends an email to both the card's sender and recipient. Either person can click on a link in the email to view the card. To encourage guests to visit the rest of the web site, the complete card appears on the web site, rather than in the recipient's mail box. Data for the card is stored in a database on the web server.
The contact page on this site uses software I've written to verify that required information is included and that the email addresses are formed correctly and use valid domains. Emails are sent to both the sender and site owner through the site's web server rather than through the sender's email client. Without this feature, many visitors using a public computer would be unable to send an email.
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