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

26 February, 2014

Upcoming show, unexpected honors, sharing an interesting blog post

As details become known to me, I'll post more, but it looks like I'll be having a bird themed art show thru the month of April in Phoenix!   This is the result of a gallery owner I'd worked with  before, coming to visit my studio.  I hauled out everything so he could see a pretty good range. The majority of my work anymore is birds, so it's not surprising that will be the theme! It's to be a 2-person show. I think I know who the 2nd person will be, but will wait until the gallery creates its own announcement before I say much more.

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.

I had no idea selection for this was going on nor did I know how it worked. I was called one day by the Arts Commission's director, and asked to send him a few images of bird art that were within a certain price range. I did, and shortly, he informed me they were buying this one! That was followed by the documents etc that I needed to fill out. It was so nice of him to remember my work and contact me!

UPDATE 17 Mar. 2014, recent article on the awards: http://www.broadwayworld.com/phoenix/article/Tucson-Phoenix-and-Scottsdale-Artists-Selected-For-33RD-ANNUAL-GOVERNORS-ARTS-AWARDS-325-20140317#

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

Finished a pet portrait

This 48 x 24 in. acrylic painting on canvas went home with its new owner today, along with Cardinal, a small painting I did a couple years ago.  I will be updating my price/inventory lists on my Redbubble page, to reflect that Cardinal is no longer available.

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)