24 April, 2014

Last days of "For the Birds," and Grand Ave's artwork

ICED, Acrylic, 48 x 36 in., Cindy Schnackel

April has been a fun month! It's been a wonderful opportunity to be in a two person show at R. Pela Contemporary Art. Scott Wolf is also showing there.  Our show comes down Sunday, so there is still time to see it by appointment.  Above is "Iced," a large acrylic palette knife painting, $1000.

It was great when, earlier this year, gallery owner Robrt Pela came to visit my studio and asked me if I'd like to do a bird themed show. Of course, I said 'Yes.'  I was pleased with his choice for the other artist, as I really enjoy Scott's bold style and humor.

If you're on Facebook, R. Pela gallery has a page there, and below is also the gallery's website.  Hope you'll give Robrt a call and set up a private viewing during what's left of this week!




Some of my local friends who do mosaics are doing amazing mosaic work on concrete planters in central Phoenix, along Grand Avenue.  There are also artists doing paintings on some. This area has been getting a real sprucing up. Below are some links (that I believe are all public pages), so you can see what's going on there. There are good galleries, too, and restaurants.





17 April, 2014

Friday is the night!

Friday, April 18, from 6 to 9 pm! If you're in Phoenix, I hope you'll stop by the reception of my show, For the Birds, at R. Pela Contemporary Art.  Located at 334 W. McDowell.  Also showing is Scott Wolf. Our styles differ greatly but it's clear we both have a warped sense of humor! The show is up thru most of April, by appointment, if you miss the reception. 

I may also have a (non-bird) painting in a July show, details TBA when I know more, assuming the painting has not sold before I commit.

10 April, 2014

This is why more people are watermarking their images online

Amazing that people in professions that really require them to understand copyright basics hold such misconceptions!  "I found it on google." Puh-lease!!!

Be sure to read the comments in this article, too. When I last read them, by far the majority of readers showed the same lack of knowledge of copyrights as the infringers in the article, and seemed to have a sense that they're entitled to take anything they find online and use it for free.  Wrong!

Attorney sues hundreds over use of Indy skyline photo


Putting a copyright notice or any other mark on your work hasn't been required by law for decades. Lack of a mark does not mean it's free! At any rate, you can see why more artists and photographers ARE permanently 'marring' their images with giant watermarks. It does deter many infringers, partly because some wrongly believe it's required to mark images. Even so, if an infringer removes the mark, I guess the people in this article think that means it's free. Idiots.

31 March, 2014

April Show, March Governors Arts Award purchase


This Friday, April 4th, is the opening reception of my show, For the Birds, at R. Pela Contemporary Art!  If you're in the Phoenix area I hope you'll stop by. A second reception will be held Friday, April 18th. The gallery is also open by appointment. 

Artist Scott Wolf is also showing his wonderful mashups of unrelated things in delightful combinations. His style is very bold and graphic and the pieces are beautifully done. That's Scott's telephone/car/camera in the show ad.

R. Pela is located at 335 W. McDowell in Phoenix, AZ. It is in the back, as is parking, but there is more parking available in nearby lots, and it's a short walk from parking on Central and McDowell area, at the Phoenix Art Museum and Burton Barr public library.  

See the gallery site for more info: http://rpelagallery.com/


I've been uploading more new work to my Redbubble site, much of it to be in the show.  Above is Some Sort of Sparrow, an 8 x 10 mixed media painting on panel, that will be available at R. Pela's.

Also included will be the whole six painting group of the Royal Poultry series.  Each is 5 x 7 inches and framed, acrylic. There will be more sparrows, more birds of all kinds, chickens of course, and sizes from itty bitty and very affordable framed original drawings, to very large, (and up to $1000).   Robrt has a great idea of offering some small pieces from artists that can be purchased and taken home right away. He calls them the Boutique pieces.  Many of my little drawings and tiny paintings are framed up or mounted on panel for this, and I believe prices for boutique items are around $25, give or take a few dollars depending on size. So, something for every budget and space!

Check out my page on Redbubble, where I still primarily display new art, and see what else is new! http://www.redbubble.com/people/cschnack


Last month, one of my paintings, Birds in Wigs, was purchased though the Arizona Commission on the Arts, as an award for an as yet unnamed recipient, for the Governors Arts Awards! The winner of the Arts Education Organization category, Rosie's House, A Musical Academy for Children, received my painting at the Awards March 25th, for their outstanding work providing music lessons for children in one of the toughest low income neighborhoods in the city. Most of their students go on to college, quite an accomplishment! http://frontdoorsnews.com/2014/03/the-33rd-governors-arts-award/  The painting may be in my show in April, I think that's still a detail to be worked out.

(All of my work, here and from other sources, is copyright Cindy Schnackel, all rights reserved.)

17 March, 2014

POD sites may not qualify for DMCA's safe harbor; Gardner v. Cafe Press

My comments on article, "CafePress, Self-Publishing and the DMCA," from Plagiarism Today, 17 March 2014. RE: Gardner v. Cafe Press:  http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2014/03/17/cafepress-dmca/

This is very interesting and should make all POD (print on demand) sites sit up and take notice. For years, real artists, (as opposed to thieves and copycats), have been saying the sites need to do better 'due diligence' in preventing and removing infringements and terminating repeat infringers.  All this time many PODs claimed that by responding to takedowns they have safe harbor from liability. Maybe not. Even before Gardner v Cafepress there have been holes in that theory.

 With reverse image search technology, plagiarism checkers, etc, it is not impossible to do, it's just that none (that I know of) have done it yet. And it does not take special software to recognize when a member's entire portfolio is full of Disney characters. Why are such members there for years on end?

 Sadly, it seems infringement is profitable, as apparently is turning a blind eye to it. 

 Unless you get sued, like this site has been, (and this is not the only case). Many sites Terms say they can hold members accountable for legal costs. That is a message that infringing members need to receive, too.

Another case against the POD: Parker v. Cafe Press: http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/11/04/62592.htm