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In need of some changes

In about me, art, crafts, good life on November 28, 2013 at 00:33

Why wait for the New Year to make resolutions? I have a good life but I want to make it much better. I want to declutter, I want to enjoy every moment, and I still want to learn to  be a breadwinner for my family.

Live your

Dream

your Life.

Join me on a mission. To be one of a kind. To be kind. Don’t vaste. Don’t be afraid to experiment. I want to be creative in every aspect of life, I want to improve my craft. To make my home a happy place, floating through time and space.

I feel the need to change what I do and how. More of this to follow (hopefully).

Greed

In Uncategorized on January 18, 2012 at 08:23

People are surprised by greedy bankers. But they are ones who choose to work with money, what do you expect? Far more surprising is greed among creative people, among artists.

It is obviously morally wrong when you take somebody’s else work as it is and call it yours, even worse if you start selling it as yours. Everybody knows that. People will turn away from an artist who does this.

But most of the rest of “copyright wars” is nonsense and greed. Art is impossible without derivative works.

This is how we are learning, this is how we preserve our heritage. As it was said by Picasso: “Good Artists Copy; Great Artists Steal”. All this “just you try to mention a character from my novel and you’ll be sorry”, “just you try to even remotely base you drawing on my photograph…”, “just you try to sing my song at home and put it on YouTube…”, “just try and press this share button next to my artwork”… and so on is pure greed and stupidity.

Its also an issue of being a famous artist: I’ve seen them using magazine cuttings, etc in their collages freely. An ordinary artist could be accused in stealing for that. Yet the law should be the same for everyone.

Greed

In art, legal issues, moral issues on January 18, 2012 at 08:22

People are surprised by greedy bankers. But they are ones who choose to work with money, what do you expect? Far more surprising is greed among creative people, among artists.

It is obviously morally wrong when you take somebody’s else work as it is and call it yours, even worse if you start selling it as yours. Everybody knows that. People will turn away from an artist who does this.

But most of the rest of “copyright wars” is nonsense and greed. Art is impossible without derivative works.

This is how we are learning, this is how we preserve our heritage. As it was said by Picasso: “Good Artists Copy; Great Artists Steal”. All this “just you try to mention a character from my novel and you’ll be sorry”, “just you try to even remotely base you drawing on my photograph…”, “just you try to sing my song at home and put it on YouTube…”, “just try and press this share button next to my artwork”… and so on is pure greed and stupidity.

Its also an issue of being a famous artist: I’ve seen them using magazine cuttings, etc in their collages freely. An ordinary artist could be accused in stealing for that. Yet the law should be the same for everyone.

Sharing art on the web: a bit of warning

In art, moral issues, relationship on December 11, 2011 at 07:21

You think because in all the art & photography places on the web I know there are “share” buttons next to the artwork you are welcome to press them? Think again.

It is natural to human beings to share their experience – that’s how our civilisation happened. In old days you might show your favourite book to your friends, now you share stuff on line. That’s often how people find out about artists new to them. As an artist I’m always very happy when this occur to my work. To my surprise I realised that not all artists are like this. You may think if somebody has a nickname LadySomething and does nice pictures there is a nice polite person on the other end. It may not be the truth. After pressing that highly visible “share” button you may end up threatened and offended by something who actually things that sharing is “using” and even “stealing” their artwork. And you thought you did GOOD to the artist, help them spread the message, etc. If you hate conflicts as I do you may even loss your sleep for a couple of nights if you get “i report you!!!” “DO NOT USE any other my work there!” ” i didnt asked your help!” “This has not been done with my permission and there is no credit for the image posted on the site (Although I will allow that the image is linked to the original) Doing this has removed the watermark of the image from the image and is in direct violation of my copyright. Please ensure that this image is removed from this site with immediate effect”  “It is normal to ask for permission which is sometimes granted to reproduce images but this is only allowed with proper acreditation and watermarking.” “i’m feed up with user who “share my works with the world” without asking me and my permission and uses my works below his/her name and sometimes earn money/points/credits/admission with them!!! so they stole! pitiable!!!” (and  a nice “Please, viste my gallery Thanks :)”  – after that!) 

I do feel pity for artists of this kind as it may be very difficult to live with such an attitude that everybody is trying to steal from them. People mostly just LIKE somebodies artwork and it’s a nice reason to be happy and get on with you life rather than be angry, chase innocent people across the Internet, threaten and wrongly accuse them. This won’t help with sales either.

On one occasion I contacted a site administration with that question: “Is there any single rule on whether people are allowed to share images (with links to the originals) on social media e.g. Tumblr, Facebook or Pinterest? I know lots of people do this and I know that a small number of artists is getting very angry about this but I can’t find anything about the situation in FAQ.”

The reply was as follows: “Our artists retain 100% of the copyrights for their images. If you would like to use any images, other than purchasing a printed product for personal enjoyment, you will have to contact the artist directly for their permission, as we do not have the right to give permission for the artists using our service. You will find their public contact information on their user page but please note, the artist decides what information is available to the public, and we are unable to give out any personal information.”

How it is possible to have a “share” button next to each artwork if  “you will have to contact the artist directly for their permission“? I realise that it is a common problem with many artists sites but as an artist and a consumer I would like to have an absolute clarity on that. Why not give that “share” button only to artists who want they work to be shared and prevent other images to be shared at all? Otherwise people will end up doing something they think they ARE ENCOURAGED TO DO and then have angry artists chasing after them. I hope it all will be sorted out somehow because at the moment there is a big lie in the air and this is disgusting.

Gold explosion

In art, mars, painting on October 5, 2011 at 12:34

I’m glad I’m moving my studio from the bedroom to the garage: I’ve just squeezed the tube of golden paint (it was called Pebeo and that was my first try of it) too much and most of it went everywhere. I’ve scraped it up from the floor, walls and boxes and put on the board – nothing is lost. The picture is probably going to be called “His last glimpse of the Sun” and the golden glow is quite appropriate, even on Mars…

Artfire is going Ebay way

In about me on August 20, 2011 at 06:23

Few days ago all my artwork in my Artfire shop disappeared. Apparently, they stopped their free service which they advertise so much when I have joined few years ago. Few other artists didn’t get any warning too. So to keep the shop I will have to pay monthly fee in future which I most like never make with my sales – like it happened on Ebay few years ago. That’s life… This could be even worse – if Zazzle do the same.

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