26 February, 2014
Recently, I was honored to have one of my paintings chosen as a purchase award by the Arizona Commission on the Arts Governors Arts Awards! There will be an awards ceremony in March at the Mesa Arts Center. About the awards: http://www.governorsartsawards.org/about-the-awards/ The painting is Birds in Wigs.
Today, when I checked my email, there was a new blog post from Ask Harriete, ("I love your work and want to make one for myself"), an arts related blog I just recently started following. From what I gather from her blog and a few others, apparently it's become fairly common now for workshops and paint parties to use artist's work without permission. This is not flattering, and is not legal. I can't imagine why anyone operating a class, workshop, or party, would risk it. http://askharriete.typepad.com/ask_harriete/2014/02/i-love-your-work-and-want-to-make-one-for-myself.html
And to end a post on a good note, (because infringement stuff never is), last I heard, the buyer of the 3-bird commissioned portrait was still thrilled with it! He bought Cardinal, too, and likewise has said he loves them. This is always good to hear!
07 February, 2014
It has been a good winter so far. Not too cold, no bad storms, am making and selling artwork, and we are happy so far with the house we just moved into. When we moved here, first thing I did was set up essentials to start the bird painting above. Now that it's gone home with its new family, I will finish organizing my studio. Will also be getting out ALL of my artwork for a studio visit later this month by a gallery owner. One thing I quickly discovered was that I needed a higher work surface. My old back problems cropped up again when I spent so much time working over a standard folding work table. I need it to be about kitchen counter height, when it's not on an easel.
If you want to read about the process a little, and see some WIPs (work in progress pics), I blogged about it more on my Redbubble page today. http://www.redbubble.com/people/cschnack/journal/11499595-making-of-3-bird-portrait
Something else we did when we first moved in was put up wild bird feeders. Our birds love to watch them, and so do we. I liked the shadows on the wall behind this otherwise crappy shot of what was probably the first bird to find the feeder in January.
Have a good weekend!
(All work © Cindy Schnackel)
31 January, 2014
22 January, 2014
|"Swinger," acrylic on canvas, shown in buyer's home. Photo courtesy of buyer, used with permission.|
FINISHING THE OLD YEAR ON A GOOD NOTE
The above photo is from December 2013. I participated in the outdoor Phoenix Festival of the Arts mural project. Each artist had a 6 x 3 ft canvas, and the event set the price of $300. Before the event, participating artists and others built and stretched over 100 of these! Much of the credit for making the canvas stretching happen goes to event organizer Hugo Medina who does much for the arts in this area. The event sold the paintings for $300 each, with 80% of that being paid to the artists. I like projects that contribute to the arts while still valuing artists and their work. There was no fee for artists to participate. It was really nice to have it sell so quickly, (within hours of my posting an iPhone pic on Facebook).
A NEW LOCATION, MY FIRST DEDICATED STUDIO SPACE, FIRST PAINTING OF THE NEW YEAR
|A tiny bit of a work in progress is visible on the work table. Essentials are there, more organizing to do!|
We moved to Tempe, from Phoenix, over the holidays. Discovering the advantages of our new area is fun. I should be able to get back into ceramics this year. It's great having indoor space big enough to work on more than miniatures. I do love making miniatures and painting outside, but there are times I want to work big, or the weather isn't conducive to art making!
Right now, I'm working on a large commissioned pet portrait painting. I accepted the commission back in December. After we moved, I got my new studio-room well enough in order to begin the painting. I'm enjoying it, as it's right up my alley. (Birds!) As soon as it's done, I will be finishing the organization of my studio. THEN I may have some prettier pics of my working space!
I love the light in this room. It's true about a North facing window being the best.
Can you believe I worked on everything from a bed to a kitchen table in the past?
A series of miniature paintings that I began in 2013 is almost done. They got put aside to look for a new place and then move, last year. I see now that the last painting in the series of 5 is about half done. Sometimes it's that last little bit that seems to take forever! Of course, I might think of another piece to add to the series and then it'll be longer. So far I'm sticking to my decision not to display any of them until the series is done. Not sure if that will win out in the end.
First, I want to express thanks to people who respect copyrights. Those who ask permission, read and honor artist's copyright policies, take the time to learn copyright truths instead of perpetrating myths, and 'share' correctly. They are a breath of fresh air.
More artists watermarking their images
I enjoyed several articles and blog posts recently on copyrights. The following two are by artists who've had to deal with increasing infringements like I and so many artists have.
Many artists welcome, or used to welcome, true 'sharing,' (a link, often accompanied by a thumbnail, that provided automatic attribution to us). I am not alone in noticing a correlation between certain types of so-called sharing sites and search engine changes, and the jump in damaging infringements. These sites enable infringement and mislead members about what's really ethical or even legal.
Users adopted a sense of entitlement. Sites adopted Terms that hold members accountable for legal costs if sued for members' infringements.
The myth of 'Public Domain'
Public domain refers to items that are off copyright due to age, or source (like govt documents), or owners voluntarily giving up rights. Being publicly viewable is not the same thing. Read: http://library.case.edu/copyright/cmyths.html
Images are products
We talk about not wanting to deface our images to protect them. I also cringe in doing it. But then, (screeching wheels sound effect), I thought, "Wait a minute!"
These images are a tool to market what we are selling. We're not in the business of giving away work any more than plumbers or doctors. Even food stores only give out samples, not the whole box. The fact we promote online like other professions is irrelevant.
Not sure when the idea took hold, that we had to put our art images out there unprotected. Sounds like an idea hatched by people who just want free stuff! Even before the internet, ads for art prints were often on cheap paper, small, cropped, marked, or in some way NOT near as good as the real reprint being advertised. Given that the reprints for sale were often mass produced and on cardboard, you can imagine that the ad was not frame-worthy.
That's how our internet images need to be thought of; a sample, not the product itself.
A digital image is by it's very nature a product. Even small ones are very usable as ads, etc, online, or as small products like keychains and cards. Sold in volume, loss of sales of those things adds up! A mark effectively makes the image the sample that it should be. A real problem exists for those who sell on PODs, (Print On Demand sites). They can't upload a marked image, because reprints and products would then bear a big watermark. And if they upload a clean image, it's easily infringed.
That is exactly why I stopped selling reprints on a POD, and that is money damage to me due to infringement.
Infringement can be as costly or even more costly than theft of actual artworks.
Read one artist's story: http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/11/04/62592.htm
Marketing info on art needs to be updated to address copyrights
You will still see posts or articles saying watermarking is 'unprofessional,' but IMO that opinion is losing ground fast. One of my measuring sticks for marketing info is whether or not it's up to date on this subject. A marketing expert should be among the first to recognize that copyrights (essentially, reproduction rights), can be worth more financially than the actual artwork. To be able to devote full time hours to creating art, artists have to be able to make a profit, and reproduction/licensing are often a big part of that income. Unauthorized uses can damage an artist's ability to profit from their own work.
Watermarking can't prevent all infringements, but it seems to prevent, (or at least minimize the damage of), the majority. That translates to a lot more time and mental energy to make new art.
02 December, 2013
Birds in Wigs
Acrylic on Canvas
We're moving in December; I'll finally have a room for an art studio!
If you're in the Phoenix, Arizona area, and can pick up the art and pay cash, I have some fantastic values for you, just in time for Christmas shopping! From Dec. 2nd to 15th, (2013), I'm taking 25% off my regular prices for buyers who can do this.
I'm giving it until the 15th to leave it unpacked/unmoved, for buyers who can save me the hassle. Sorry I can't extend the offer to out of area buyers, but packing and shipping is, well, pretty much the same as packing and moving.
See details of my moving sale here: http://www.redbubble.com/people/cschnack/journal
I have art in a wide range of sizes and prices. If you want unframed art there is lots to choose from, too, small to medium on up to large paintings, and even tiny drawings, which in a small stock frame you can buy at craft stores would make nice affordable gifts. Also many miniature and small paintings for very reasonable prices even regularly. Most of the miniature pieces are around 5 x 7 inches, give or take. The largest work is 4 x 5 Feet, and there's just about everything in between! Small unframed drawings are a few dollars, up to about $3000 (sale price) for the largest.
I am EVEN selling my Giant Coffee Drinking Chicken, (4 x 5 feet), and for local cash buyers who can haul it themselves, it is only $3000 for this short time! This is an "impact" piece in our dining room right now. It has given us a lot of pleasure, and I would probably not even be offering to sell it if we weren't moving. I don't often hang onto pieces but my husband really loves this. He agrees though, we need to sell it if we can now.
Hen Party, and the other large coffee drinking chickens are 3 x 4 feet each, and are also on sale, same terms as above.
The smaller "Cracked Chicken" series posted just previously are also on sale.
As we get more things unplugged and packed it'll be harder to reach me via social media or my site. Then, best way to reach me is by email, which is in the link above giving details of the sale. If you see a pic of something that seems to have been left out, not priced, etc, just ask.
(All work © Cindy Schnackel)