11 January, 2016

Other artists' chicken art!

Just a reminder that in addition to my own wordpress art blog, about my art, I have a wordpress blog about OTHER artists' work, at least if their art is about chickens! That blog is called Found A Chicken, because wherever I go, I notice chickens. Whether they're real ones, in art, on signs, or just a vague chicken shape in a cloud, my chicken radar sees them.

After a few months of neglecting Found A Chicken, I again took it up this week and have a couple more artists in line to feature soon.

This week I featured the art of Claudia Hall O'Driscoll: https://foundachicken.wordpress.com/

My art is here: https://cindyschnackel.wordpress.com/  I've set up a domain name I bought years ago to default to this blog now, but that may change when/if I set up a "real" website some day. In the meantime, I'm questioning whether it is really all that important that I have a separate site. The domain name is: www.bycindy.com and because it's similar but not the same as my art email address, I have often given it out wrongly as arbycindy but it's just bycindy.

06 January, 2016

Favorite Intellectual Property Law Related Links

Intellectual Property information, especially copyright.

"False Creative Commons" https://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2013/06/11/the-problem-with-false-creative-commons-licenses/

"Copyright Myths" http://libguides.trumbull.kent.edu/content.php?pid=465045&sid=3811281

"Fan Art and Copyright" http://graphicleftovers.com/blog/fan-art-vs-copyright-infringement-legal/

"Public Domain Sherpa" http://publicdomainsherpa.com/

"Orphan Works, United Kingdom" (does not exist in many countries) http://copyrightuser.org/topics/orphan-works/

"Trademark Parody" http://www.lfiplaw.com/articles/trademark_parody.htm

"Publicity Rights (using the likeness of a person e.g. celebrity art)" https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/Publicity

"Make a Secure Watermark"  https://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2013/08/01/how-to-ensure-your-watermarks-are-secure/

"Find and Remove Infringements of Your Work"  http://www.redbubble.com/people/cschnack/journal/7750976-art-theft-copyright-infringement-find-it-act-on-it

"Safe Harbor and DMCA requirements" https://www.rcfp.org/browse-media-law-resources/digital-journalists-legal-guide/protection-infringing-material-posted-oth

"Criminal Infringement" http://www.justice.gov/usam/criminal-resource-manual-1847-criminal-copyright-infringement-17-usc-506a-and-18-usc-2319

28 May, 2015

Dear Media, stop getting copyright wrong!

I may keep adding links to this post, every time I see a news article that perpetuates the bullsh*t MYTH that once you post something online it's 'free for anyone to use.' And/or, an incorrect interpretation of a famous infringement case, (which often has the same effect as perpetuating the above mentioned myth). As well as all too common stories of media taking images from social media without permission, (instead of finding and paying the actual owner a fee to use them, which is how it's done legally and ethically).


The Guardian, 27 May 2015, Richard Prince v Suicide Girls in an Instagram War, QUOTE, (re: the outcome of the lawsuit Cariou v Prince): "Though Prince was ordered to destroy the pictures, he won an appeal, with the court ruling that Cariou’s copyright had not been infringed." 

Um, no...the appeals court ruled SOME of the images were not infringing, and sent some back to the district court, but the case settled before there was a decision. One of the images sent back was the guy holding a blue guitar, which some media sources use as an illustration for the case without stating clearly that it was one of the images sent back to court. The misinformation tells the public that you can take anything you want and change it little or not at all and it's ok. This is wrong. Furthermore, Cariou was very unusual compared to similar court decisions, and mostly carries weight in its district, not everywhere. Expect future cases to argue that the court got Cariou wrong. Same goes for the other articles that got Cariou's outcome wrong.

Washington Post, 25 May 2015, A reminder that your Instagram photos aren't really yours, Quote: "This month, painter and photographer Richard Prince reminded us that what you post is public, and given the flexibility of copyright laws, can be shared — and sold — for anyone to see. ... Although Cariou won at first, on appeal, the court ruled that Prince had not committed copyright infringement because his works were “transformative.”"


See above re: Cariou. As far as what you post being public, this is another example of someone muddying the waters about the difference between publicly accessible and public domain. See the links on copyright myths, etc, for info on what the public domain is, and isn't. Absolutely no excuse for journalists not to know this.

PBS, 25 Nov 2013, Photographer awarded 1.2 million from Media companies that lifted images off Twitter


The Copyright Zone's duo of photographer and lawyer also seemed to be annoyed at the repeated myths in the media. Quote: "It is not accurate to state that putting something on Instagram makes it Public Domain"

US Copyright Office FAQ's:

Copyright Statutes, Title 17 of the US Code:

Ruth Carter, attorney, 25 May 2015, Richard Prince's New Portraits; Art or Infringement? Carter writes on why she feels Richard Prince's use of the Instagram photos without permission would not likely succeed in court as "fair use."

Kent State University, on copyright, Fair Use, Plagiarism:

Attorney Lloyd J. Jassin, Ten Common Copyright Permission Myths:

Public Domain Sherpa, 10 common misconceptions about the public domain:

Plagiarism Today, 13 May 2015, "Does Facebook Really Own Your Photos?"

02 March, 2015

Spring 2015 shows and news

A couple of my brick chickens, 2015

This year, gallery owner Laura Dragon, {9} The Gallery, asked me if I was going to enter anything in their theme show, "MOVE!" 

As usual, when presented with a theme, I drew a blank. However, my husband remembered I'd made these wheeled sculptures out of toy building bricks last year. I sent Laura a picture and she wanted them in the show. So, I rebuilt some old ones and made some entirely new ones, and showed 10 of them in her gallery on Grand Avenue, Phoenix, in February! I'm leaving them there at least thru Art Detour weekend, (Mar 6-8), since there should be some great traffic then, and they are tiny and priced right for impulse purchases. They are glued so they won't fall apart just from picking them up!

Show poster for Everything After, Mar. 2015, Phoenix

I'll also be having a 2 person show with Jared Aubel, at R. Pela Contemporary Art, 335 W. McDowell, in Phoenix, thru the month of March! 

Jared has several large paintings that he's offering reprints of. I will have over 100 pieces! Most are small, my miniature work. But, 19 are 'thriftstore makeovers,' where an artist alters a second hand find, putting a modern spin on it. I used mostly reprints of old classics from the 1700s thru 1800s. Ah, if only I could find one of those rare original paintings worth a million bucks when I'm in a thriftstore! 

This new bent started last year when I was starting to comb thriftstores for the frames, since some really nice, even vintage, frames could be found very reasonably priced. As opposed to the imported junk in stores that I was becoming increasingly unhappy with as far as quality. Anyway, I had bought a frame that had a Rembrandt reprint in it, in kind of bad scuffed up shape. But on a whim I added birds to the reprint and even was able to fix the scuffs by retouching them with paint. I popped it back in its frame and it sold right away. I did another and that sold too, so the gallery owner of R Pela, Robrt Pela, asked me to do more for a 2015 show. I did, and that's what you'll find at "Everything After," in March. There are extended weekend hours for Art Detour.

Creature drying, wet clay stage, 2015

I've been getting back into ceramics since last fall. 

So far, I've made a number of usable bowls, creatures, chickens, and birds. I plan to keep taking it, and since I'm getting into more 3D stuff again, hope that by next year I'll have enough significant sculptural pieces to offer them in a show, too!
I blog about my art more often on my Wordpress page: https://cindyschnackel.wordpress.com/

10 December, 2014

Changes coming for 2015

Our newest adopted family member


Above is our newest adoptee, as yet unnamed. We got her from Ginger's Parrot Rescue and we don't know how old she is, only that her former owner gave her up to someone who didn't really want a bird but felt obligated to take her in. He then contacted Ginger, who then contacted us.  In the pic, she's playing with the favorite toy she came with, and this is her first day in her new home. She is very sweet, fairly tame, and she was company for me today as I updated my web pages. By early-mid Jan 2015 she will have been thru the 'quarantine' and be able to meet our other birds, but so far no problems found by our vet, so we hope that all will go well with that! We had always had budgies but when our last one died a couple years ago, we didn't for awhile. It's good to have one again, I love their personalities and singing! Of course, I still love our other birds just as intensely, too! They know she's back here in this room, they just aren't sure yet if it's a real bird or a video from Facebook!


Tentatively planned art shows in January and April 2015.

In the former I may have only one piece, or maybe several small ones, not sure yet, nothing's firmed up.  The gallery owner liked the 'sample' pic I emailed her, so I'm encouraged that in the coming week I'll have definite pieces to commit to it.

For the April show, which will probably be a 2 person show like this year's was at R. Pela, I was asked to do it and am waiting for the printed schedule to even say for sure that it's April.

I won't be showing images until things are confirmed. I want the art itself to be seen at the shows and not be old hat by the time they open!

I've been remiss in trying to get into more shows.  Anyone who knows me thru art business discussions is aware I dislike vanity shows, and that I care about things like the contract, reputation of the gallery, whether they're insured, etc.  All that takes time to look into, and often the deadline just passes. Other times I don't think it's a good fit for my work.  Sometimes, if it's a themed show I may draw a blank until the deadline passes, then get a great idea! I'm not really a planner with art, since my method is more spontaneous and does not lend itself well to 'coming up with themed ideas' by a deadline!


Changes to the ways sites work will be affecting where best to find me in the coming year! I tend to use the sites that work well for me pretty heavily, and just keep the alternates on life support unless there's a reason to switch (again). Since sites do change, I try to adapt. It helps if the account is already here, and it certainly helps if I want to connect, follow, comment, etc, on another member's page.

One of the sites that is changing how artists and others can self promote is Facebook. You can read about it on Katherine Tyrrell's Making a Mark blog, she has posted more than once about it and goes into detail and provides links to back up what she's talking about. http://makingamark.blogspot.com/2014/11/marketing-communication-facebook-pages-2015.html

The simplest thing is to go to my Redbubble page and see the links there to sites I'm most active on (besides redbubble) at any given time, e.g. Facebook, Wordpress, etc. http://www.redbubble.com/people/cschnack

Me holding a mug made from one of my paintings.


Redbubble has added new products this year, mainly under the Home Decor category, such as throw pillows and mugs. I ordered some of them to ensure that they were good quality before making them for sale to the public. Happily, they are really nice, and above is a pic of me holding a mug made from a large and detailed painting. I felt this would be a good test of the print quality and it was. The ceramic mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe according to info on them.  They come in two sizes, the larger one having sloped sides. As you can see even the 'smaller' one is still a good size. Granted, I am a small person with small hands. The pillow covers are dry cleanable, and one of these days I'm going to throw mine in the washing machine and see what happens. I just haven't been able to make myself do it yet, because I like it, and don't want to risk ruining it, but eventually it's a part of reality testing I want to do, LOL!


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