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It’s that time again. I’ve gone ahead and submitted a few pieces to the American Art Awards. This is an online art competition where 25 of the best galleries in the US judge the submitted artwork. Anything from traditional, photography, photo-manipulation, digital, and even sculpture have a place to be seen. 300 pieces of art will place 1st through 6th in each of the 52 categories. It’s an awesome way to get your artwork seen! Last year I entered for the first time, although it was the second year running for the contest. I didn’t expect to place at all. Of course, I hoped…but never outright expected anything. Imagine my surprise (and yes, shock) when I found out I tied for 4th place with one piece and also tied 6th place with another in the digital category! The two pieces that placed are below. Placing was only the first bit […]

Just some random thoughts… When did artwork become “for use” instead of just to look at and enjoy? We don’t walk into an art gallery, see a piece we like, take it off the wall and leave (unless we legally purchased it). So why do so many assume that online art galleries are any different? Because the access is easier, perhaps? Because it’s anonymous and no one knows they took the art vs. in a brick-and-mortar gallery, they’d be caught red-handed? There are so many who assume that once the work is online, it’s free to take and use as they wish. But they wouldn’t be caught dead doing that in a real gallery. Why the double standard? The art is put into a gallery, physical or digital, to be viewed, not taken and changed/altered to the viewer’s satisfaction. Now that digital art is becoming a bigger and more widely-accepted […]

Due to the increasing amount of people who think that once something, anything, is put online it is free to take, I thought I’d write up an article about what copyright really is and how it protects the artist, author, musician, ect. Please feel free to pass this article around to anyone who has a misunderstanding of copyright. The more we can educate people, the better. From the U.S. Copyright PDF – “Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. Section 106 of the 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following: reproduce the work in copies or […]

When you’re an artist, one thing you have to deal with on a constant basis is your artwork being stolen. These days, with the Internet and having your artwork online, it’s that much easier for thieves to take your work and post it anywhere else online. Not only do they take the artwork and post it to places like Facebook and wallpaper sites, they don’t bother to credit the artist – no name listed, no link back. And then, when the artist finds their artwork has been posted by someone else and they simply leave a comment letting that person know they should have asked permission before posting it and link back to the artist’s website, the thief has the audacity to call the artist rude, delete the comment, and proceed to say how grateful the artist should be to them for “sharing” their artwork. Um…excuse me?! I should thank […]

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