Sunday, November 27, 2016

don't like doing this, but.....

I want to protect my art work. Of course the painting for sale in my shop doesn't have this blazing across it.
I am trying so hard to make a go of being an artist who makes some money. I don't use Facebook for this, or Twitter. I just use my blog.
It's scary to put your self so much into your art, and then have it stolen. I have a sweet friend who told me about her own work being copied. It was awful to see and hear the pain in her heart as she told about it. I have blogged about this topic before, a little bit....It's not easy to do it. For one thing-I am saying my art is even worth copying-which is just one of those 'eye of the beholder' things. Most people just like to see what you're doing-they have no malicious intent.
But-there it is-and I'm not trying to insult or anything.....
Oh golly-have a great day!!!


8 comments:

Studio Maywyn said...

Your artwork is so perfectly folk art, I wouldn't be surprised if others copy it as their own.
Marks across our work can be digitally removed, and screen photos can be taken. One has to do the best they can being vigilant. If its overseas copying, as it has been for several years, best complained about on the eBay art discussion board, then there's even less an artist can do. People will buy those copies/support that stealing.
Splash whatever you want across you artwork! The beauty shines through!

Barbara said...

Debra, I am far from being insulted. This is a very personal decision, and no explanation is necessary. Everyone has different priorities, and yours are as valid as anyone else's. If it helps you relax and have more peace in your life, it's an extremely valuable choice. After all, it is YOUR art. :)

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Smart move. For all the reasons you're doing it. I love to see your art and your copywright on the pictures does not bother a bit. Now, I'm going back to look at the pic a bit closer. You know how much I love birds!
xx, Carol

Penny said...

This is a problem everyone who creates has and it never gets easy. I think its worse now than ever before because of computer access and people thinking that if its on the computer it belongs to everyone. I think its a good idea to put your name across the work. We an still see the art but its protected, at least in this way, from copying or even just printing on an individual printer somewhere. Hang in there -- you are doing what you love and what you're meant to do and I'm sure it will all work out.

jenclair said...

There is a difference between inspiration and copying. Especially when someone does so for profit! This is an ongoing problem and always will be--you do what you can to prevent it.

A bird in the hand said...

Like you, I work hard to make a go of it to make some money through my work; it's part of my living. Some years ago, I started putting my name on all my work. Even if it doesn't deter, at least it shows the ownership.

Deborah Nolan said...

Ah friend don't apologize. Your art is wonderful and this protects it. You deserve to do this sweet one. Hugs!

Jeri Landers said...

It's a shame we artists have to deal with unscrupulous copycats, but that's the way it is. I could tell you lots of stories. I'm often reluctant to put my work online, and yet, that is how we must promote ourselves. I nearly always splash my name and copyright over the artwork. My biggest problem is at artshows where people are photographing my fiber animals with their phones, from every angle. There would be no reason to do that, unless they are trying to copy. But it is so easy now with cellphones, I see them, trying to be so sneaky. Keep up the work and keep your name across the piece!