I like to paint. There was a time when I was scared to paint, thinking I wouldn’t be any good at it. I was used to drawing and liked the precision and control I had with it. Paint seemed messy and unforgiving. I can’t pinpoint exactly when I began to like painting. I think gradually I just learned to be less critical of my results thus allowing me more opportunity to work with paint. I like the tactile process of painting. I like filling in each square inch of a canvas, transforming it from a white blank space into a story. I like the toothy texture of the canvas. I like the look of the paint as it spreads across and fills in each crevice. I like the challenge of it even though it can be daunting. I just really like to paint.
I’ve recently finished another small painting in my In Our Veins series. This piece is titled Tethered and it is an acrylic on canvas, 4″ x 4,” $100. It is one of a few remaining 4″ x 4″ paintings I have available, as seen here:
I’ve just finished a new addition to my In Our Veins series. This painting is titled Equal and is an acrylic on canvas, 14″ wide by 11″ high. View the painting online here: http://amyguidry.com/equal.html.
My most recent painting is now online. The title is Preservation and it is an acrylic on canvas, 8″ wide by 10″ high. The deer and leaves illustrate the connection between animals and forests, and the need to protect nature as a whole. It is the latest addition to my In Our Veins series, and can be viewed online here: http://amyguidry.com/preservation.html.
One of my paintings from my In Our Veins series has found a new home. This piece was recently featured in the “Ouroboros” exhibition at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans. The title is Veil and it is an acrylic on canvas, 6″ x 6.” View more paintings from this series here: http://amyguidry.com/wolfpack.html.
My most recent painting from the In Our Veins series has found a new home. Circuition is an acrylic on canvas, 4″ x 4″ and was featured in yesterday’s newsletter. Circuition refers to the life cycle. The butterflies represent life- both are beautiful, fragile, and ephemeral. View the painting online here: http://amyguidry.com/circuition.html.
Well, I encountered one of an artist’s worse nightmares. I found a copy of my work on the internet painted by someone other than myself. I don’t know who did it or why they would do this, so I will limit any speculation for the moment. I would love it if they would come forward and explain themselves, though.
So I thought I should write a post about this topic now that I have some personal insight, and as I said, I know a lot of artists fear sharing their images for this exact reason.
Okay, so you find your art being used on the internet without your permission, or worse, find it being copied by someone else. What do you do?
– Personally I don’t mind if someone shares my work on Facebook or other social media sites, so long as they credit me. At the very least it should say that the work was created by [your name].
-Ideally if your work is shared on social media, it should include your name, the media, dimensions, year created, and a link to your website. **Note to everyone out there sharing other peoples’ images: please follow these guidelines. Artists work HARD to do what they do, and it is much appreciated when someone gives them credit for it.
-Always put a watermark on your work. I know this can’t always be done since most online publications want to feature your work sans watermark. Do what you can, though, to help limit uncredited images going awry.
-If you find your images shared without credit to you, first contact the person posting and send a polite request that they add your contact info. Send them the info as you would like it listed so it is easy for them to copy and paste, thus they will be more likely to follow through.
-In the event that this person ignores your request, you can go above their heads and contact their web host or Facebook, Twitter, etc. Explain that you asked nicely to get your work credited and since they refused, tell them you want the image removed.
-If your work is being copied by someone else… my condolences. This is aggravating, but something can be done. First, find out who did the copy. Just because someone posted it on social media sites does not mean they are the one that created it- it may be a re-shared image. Trace it back to the original “artist.”
-Contact all social media outlets and the website host of the copycat artist and explain your situation. Provide images and information regarding the copied art, yours and theirs, with links to the posts and direct links to the work in question on their website. Ask that the images be removed.
-Your original work is automatically protected under the copyright treaty law. If you need to take legal action, it will need to be formally registered, which can be done after the fact.
-Social media sites and the website host should comply, but if need be, you could contact a lawyer or lawyer friend, and have a cease and desist letter sent. Further action may not be required, sometimes this is enough. If not, you’ll have to take everything into consideration as to whether or not it is worth a legal dispute in court.
89.9 WWNO’s Inside the Arts program recently did an interview with curators Christy Wood and Jordan Blanton about the Ouroboros exhibit currently open at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans. Diane Mack conducts the interview in which they discuss several works from the exhibit (including mine) and the concept of the show itself. You can listen to the interview online (about 15 minutes into the program is the Ouroboros interview): http://wwno.org/post/inside-arts-yotam-habers-torus-ouroboros-exhibit-celebrates-rebirth.