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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Dear friends:Thank you so much for all your support and wonderful comments throughout the past year…nothing that I can say will adequately express how I feel so I will say simply this….the past five years here have been among the best of my life and it’s all because of you..
I hope all of you will have a wonderful holiday celebration and I wish you all the best for the coming year


The Machine Stopped

My Facebook feed has gone blank…no news…no connection to anyone for hours….it feels spooky…has the machine stopped?

Was Forster a seer?…if you have never read this short chilling story, you must not miss doing so

Anybody who uses the Internet should read E.M. Forster’s The Machine Stops. It is a chilling, short story masterpiece about the role of technology in our lives.
Written in 1909, it’s as relevant today as the day it was published. Forster has several prescient notions including instant messages (email!) and cinematophoes (machines that project visual images

I think he also foresaw the IPad as the main character looks at others from a disc in her hand and does what we now call Skype…

click here

It's not as safe as you think...

Did you think your work was protected by copyright in every single case?
Think again…read about one photographer’s horror story

“Usage of your creation and designs that you sell to your clients are not 100% within your control nor your clients, even if you copyright register your work and do all of the appropriate protocols to safeguard it.
This is true regardless if you are a graphic artist, illustrator, filmmaker, recording artist or photographer, provided that, you’re relying on copyright law for these exclusivity rights


Second Edition...

The second edition of my paper is now up and I have curated some very interesting articles on Painting, both digital and traditional especially for you

Enjoy and let me know if you found it interesting or helpful…you can also let me know what other topics you would like me to research for you


Specially For You

Articles on Art, Technology, Copyright, Art Marketing and Social Media, curated especially for you by me…from time to time I will be updating the information so watch this space for new articles….


More Sad News

Some of you might know, but I am sure that most of you don’t, that fellow member and great artist Reynaldo passed away on the 7th September 2013..
I just found out today and was asked by his daughter to pass the news on to his fellow RB artists…
I loved Reynaldo’s work and featured it many times in my groups, including a group of twelve features in recent months…I could always recognize his distinct style leaping out at me from the page, the strong colours and shapes, and the incredible eyes that seems to be his signature style..
Humble, despite his great talent, he was grateful for every feature, answering me with a simple “Thank you dear”, which always made me feel so young…
I will miss him…he and Joe are probably in RB heaven with the others looking down on us right now

Rest in Peace

In Memoriam..

Joe H. Beasley
Dec 1, 1940 to September 29, 2013

I am sorry to announce that I have lost one of my dearest Redbubble friends early this morning

To quote his beloved friend Carol Caldwell, Joe was "a powerful advocate, true friend and impassioned warrior….
He was a teacher, an artist, a photographer, a friend, a mentor and one of the most powerful voices for artist’s rights I have ever known…
His guidance and knowledge will be missed by us all

For myself Joe was the measured voice in the midst of the chaos of some of our forum discussions…he always brought us back to a sense of calm, his dry humour, and wealth of wisdom quieted the most raucous arguments…the private jokes he and I shared I will treasure forever..

Rest in peace dear Joe…

In memory of Joe…please listen to Deep Peace

You said..."I don't use Facebook so why should I care"?

Whether you’re a member or not you should care….
Facebook has amended it’s terms of service and of course it’s members, and I am a very active one are affected…so although Facebook brings me a huge audience, in fact most of my social media audience, I care about these changes very much…that being said, I have no plans to leave the site, but simply to be careful in the way I utilize the best advantages of the site while being aware of it’s drawbacks

“Facebook is now able to exploit your name, likeness, content, images, private information, and personal brand by using it in advertising and in commercial and sponsored content — without any compensation to you. Facebook is monetizing not just your images, but a sizable portion of your entire online identity"…

Let’s face it, this is not really


Remember this post from last year?
A Scandinavian Publishing Company purchased 85 of my works to publish in four books (in two series each of inspirational books), one with quotes from the Bible and another with verses from the great poets
….click to read the earlier post and view last years books…

Well they did it again this year…after purchasing a bunch of new works from me this past spring, four new books have just been published and I am thrilled to say that again they have done a marvellous job of them…see samples of some of the pages below

Book Covers

Sample Pages

If You Get Asked This Question, Don't Answer It

The question? "How long did it take you to paint that?
It is a loaded question and artists by and large don’t like it as it not only puts them on the spot it reduces the painting experience to a task with a time limit

A truthful answer will result in the prospective buyer taking the price of the work and dividing it by the number of hours it took to paint…so an experienced artist selling a painting for $6000 that took three hours to paint, will get this aghast response, “You make $2000 an hour”? …and by the look in their eyes you know they have now assessed your annual income..

It would be extremely difficult, not to mention time consuming, to explain years of training, practice, cost of materials, shipping, framing, gallery fees, taxes, studio costs, and maybe the 25 years or so it took

What's Up?

What’s up with being logged off repeatedly throughout the day?
I never log off…never have logged off ever…but suddenly over the last few days I turn on my computer to see “your session has expired” and I need to log on to RB….it has also happened in the middle of working on the site like writing a Bmail or uploading new work..
This is happening on every device including my IPad and Blackberry and only on RB, no other site..(.actually the Blackberry won’t log on to RB anymore)…others are experiencing the same logging off situation…any thoughts

Key Sites to Watch For....

“What do image-sharing sites, photo scrapers, phishing sites, spammers and careless bloggers have in common? All seek to benefit from other people’s creations, using images to draw attention and traffic to their own sites or to profit financially. These companies and individuals are exploiting our hard work without compensation or recognition"..…

This article is a must read for applies to everyone creating work and selling or displaying on line


Note:some of these sites are indeed dangerous places to visit…watch out for popups (annoying) viruses, (nasty) on the scraper sites…hard to escape infringement here, but vigilance and large watermarks do help…
However with regard to social media sites like Facebook, you can configure your page to protect your images…one way is nev


Where is the list under activity? I cannot find the comment button on the activity page…
Huge bunch of changes when I use a handheld device…it was fine a few hours ago, now I can’t use the site easily at all…
I can only find things when I click the word Redbubble and the activity page is different on the left side…no works, no posts etc. what gives?

It Doesn't Matter...

“if you link back to the source and list the photographer’s name
if the picture is not full-sized (only thumbnail size is okay)
if you did it innocently
if your site is non-commercial and you made no money from the use of the photo
if you didn’t claim the photo was yours
if you’ve added commentary in addition to having the pic in the post
if the picture is embedded and not saved on your server
if you have a disclaimer on your site.
if you immediately take down a pic if someone sends you a DMCA notice (you do have to take it down, but it doesn’t absolve you

A follow up to my last post, but this brings it down to the level of the average person, the blogger, the photographer or artist that might “borrow” what they think might be a free image on the net…you might have to pay for the privelege, a

When I Am Not Painting

When I’m not painting, or cooking, I garden and I use the same skills to compose the garden..
I have posted many garden photos here over the years, and I thought I would show you a small montage of some of my potted arrangements in the courtyard garden at the back of the house…
The Lilacs and the Peonies are finished along with the Clematis, so to bridge the gap I have filled a selection of pots along the path and near the pond with a variety of foliage plants…the kind I prefer that show texture as well as colour rather than flowers…
In a while the garden will be filled with tons of Hydrangea blooms and these foliage plants will blend in well

Click It’s a Lovesome Thing to see full sized flowers from my front garden..

Wonderful News...Two New Nominations...


Quiet Things…
by © Janis Zroback


Who Are You?
by © Janis Zroback


   Join me at the Juried Invitational Exhibition…

I am very excited to have my art selected, from over 73000 works of art, to exhibit in SoJie 22. SoJie 22 takes its name from the first letters of Solo’s Juried Invitational Exhibition. This month is only the 22nd one, ever, and 75 other artists, besides myself, are represented.

Winners of the invitational will be announced on June 27th, when a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded in three categories: digital art, photography, and traditional art.

Non members, as well as members, ARE welcome to view all of the work nominated. So I hope that you will click the show banner, above, and follow the link to view my fellow exhi

Indifference leads to Injustice...

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference"……

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest"..Elie Weisel.

Reading the news reports this morning about Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson and the reaction of the other diners, brought these two quotes by Elie Weisel to mind…
Have we now reached a stage in life where we are indifferent, or it is that we fear being embroiled, or was it because these were two celebrated individuals in the arts, that no one stepped up to intervene?
Is this a one off or are we all so hardened to injustice, we do nothi

Not All Likes Are Alike...

Or even safe to like….…

Do you know what really happens when you click a “like” button?
Have you heard of the term “like” farms?
Well I have been researching them for sometime now and Cindy Schnackel just sent me a link to a very comprehensive article on the topic which I thought I would share with you…
This is not an indictment on Facebook which I “like” and actually enjoy using, but simply information on the best way to use it so you won’t get caught up in it’s downside of liking and sharing things which might end up making the experience a horror, so that you run screaming from the place…
Used in the right way FB can be an enjoyable and profitable experience…read on

“I’m sure you’ve seen some of the pictures floating around Facebook that seem to make no sense. There seems to be no en

Black as Base...

A quote started it…“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.” Leonardo da Vinci

There is a lively discussion on Facebook right now about using black as a base coat over the canvas, before starting a painting….

I agree with Da Vinci and sometimes use black as a base coat even in Watercolour

What do you think? Is it a good idea?
Have you used black as a base coat in any medium? Oils, Acrylics, Pastel, Watercolour, Photography?
If not what colour do you use

Living in the Now...

Earth Songs…To Be
by © Janis Zroback

Our art helps us live in the now, but how many of us worry about whether the work is good enough, whether it will sell, win that challenge, or show in a gallery instead of enjoying the process itself

There is a poignant story of a Rabbi who learned the meaning of life from children building sand castles.
As he watched the intensity with which they built, he could not help but realize that in a few hours, everything they created would be washed away.
Yet it did not diminish their focus or joy

At certain moments we are gripped by a sense of the futility of all that we do. Stepping back, each asks himself the purpose of all these efforts and exertions.
A certain lassitude can grip us as we contemplate the inevitability that the tide will wash away what

"There Are No More Professional Photographers"

So said the CEO of Yahoo on discussing Flickr Pro after announcing the purchase of Tumblr

Quote: “Thus, like Google and the acquisition of Youtube, Yahoo has bought for $1 billion worth of stolen content, mostly photographs. They don’t care because, according to the law, the users are responsible for what they post and not the companies that host them. However, that is a lot of cash that is not going to the pro photographer community. No wonder then that she declares them dead".

Does the article outline the shape of things to come?…is it the end of professionalism?
It sure looks like it..let me know your thoughts_…


Pay the Artist

Next time someone asks you to work for free, paint for free, write for free or take a photo for free, watch this rant….it’s from a documentary called Dreams with Sharp Teeth


A Question of Privacy

In these days of the Internet and obsessive sharing sometimes things can go a little too far……

“The residents of a glass-walled luxury residential building across the street had no idea they were being photographed and they never consented to being subjects for the works of art that are now on display – and for sale – in a Manhattan gallery.

The works are being sold for close to $8000.00 and all with out a model release as they were taken with a telephoto lens through the windows of their apartments…
“the issue of model release forms and liability waivers is a legal area related to privacy and is separate from copyright.
Also, the need for model releases pertains to public use of the photos: i.e., publishing them, commercially or not
" Wiki.

Can this photographer be considered a peeping Tom?

Getting It Right..

This is part 2 of my post All your Pics belong to Everyone Now and concerns itself with the American angle, which will eventually have the same world wide impact as the U.K. law would…note this article is a bit long but is very important..
If these laws are passed it would mean mandatory registration if you want to protect your artwork which right now is against the Berne treaty, but considering the circumstances, what other choice would we have

Here are some quotes from the article..
Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) plans a hearing on Thursday before the House Intellectual Property subcommittee to pursue his worthy goal of copyright reform.
The hearing is called “A Case Study for Consensus Building: The Copyright Principles Project” and focuses on a group called the “Copyright Principle

Protect Your Images from Online Theft

Can images be protected online?
There are a number of ways to steal an image off of a website. And, yes, there are a number of ways to protect an image on a website. How effective is that protection? When it comes down to it we lose sleep over our images being stolen. So if that protection is not 100% we have a problem


One caveat: where the article states… “If you limit the image longest side to 500 pixels as a *.jpg image compressed to around 60% you will protect your image”.
This is not entirely accurate…small images can be converted into small items as some members of Zazzle have found when their images were stolen to make badges etc

More ways and means can be discussed in your comments and questions…

Urgent Update....

Re: All Your Pics Belong to Everyone Now

“As more people share more content across social networks, the issue of who owns that content becomes increasingly important.
Find out how the business practices of social networks mixed with pending global legislation could create the “perfect storm” of copyright-free chaos

Per Joe Beasley…There will be a live discussion on Wednesday the 8th May 10 a.m. Pacific time…check for the correct time in your area so you can watch and listen at home on your computer…Check the time on this Clock

Learn from the panelists what you can do right now to help….

Join IPTC Managing Director Michael Steidl; PLUS Coalition President/CEO Jeff Sedlik; and embedded-metadata advocate David Riecks, for this hour-long discussion that no content creator or copyright holde

All Your Pics Belong To Everyone Now....

Have you ever uploaded a photo to Facebook, Instagram or Flickr? (And other sharing sites by the way, and digital works are especially vulnerable)……

If so, you’ll probably want to read this, because the rules on who can exploit your work have now changed radically, overnight.
Amateur and professional illustrators and photographers alike will find themselves ensnared by the changes, the result of lobbying by Silicon Valley and radical bureaucrats and academics.
The changes are enacted in the sprawling Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act which marks a huge shift in power away from citizens and towards large US corporations.
“People can now use stuff without your permission,” explained photo rights campaigner Paul Ellis. "To stop that you have to register your work in a registry – but registe

The First Warmth...Solo Exhibition...


The First Warmth..
by © Janis Zroback


   Join me at the Juried Invitational Exhibition…

I am very excited to have my art selected, from over 73000 works of art, to exhibit in SoJie 20. SoJie 20 takes its name from the first letters of Solo’s Juried Invitational Exhibition. This month is only the 20th one, ever, and 91 other artists, besides myself, are represented.

Winners of the invitational will be announced on April 26th, when a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded in three categories: digital art, photography, and traditional art.

Non members, as well as members, ARE welcome to view all of the work nominated. So I hope that you will click the show banner, above, and follow the link to view my fellow exhibitors. The works are shown “gal

My Clematis on Youtube

A composer asked to include my “Clematis Summer” painting in a stream of other works accompanied by her original music…I am really pleased with the way it turned out..links to the video and painting are below

See the video HERE ….note my name appears on top left of the screen..

The Painting…Clematis Summer

Read This and Weep...


It’s not as bad as you think…there are ways to be active on social media and not sacrifice your privacy, (I am there every day),..
I will tell you how to get around this dilemma in my answers to your comments

It Does Happen...

I see copyright infringements every day, here on RB and around the net on blogs and websites…the most common these days are images grabbed from Google and pinned on Pinterest..most people are under the impression that they will suffer no repercussions except for the odd takedown notice…big mistake…
The following is a link to an article by someone who infringed another’s copyright, about her experience with copyright violation and how she got sued…an expensive lesson learned


The Past is a Bucket of Ashes..

This poem was written by Carl Sandburg in 1922…do you think it applies to any society today?…have things become better or worse?…is this a symbol of any city any nation?
Read it out loud…it has an astonishing timbre to it…
I will read it out loud over on FB but the clips are too short to do justice to it

The past is a bucket of ashes.”

THE WOMAN named To-morrow
sits with a hairpin in her teeth
and takes her time
and does her hair the way she wants it
and fastens at last the last braid and coil
and puts the hairpin where it belongs
and turns and drawls: Well, what of it?
My grandmother, Yesterday, is gone.
What of it? Let the dead be dead

The doors were cedar
and the panels strips of gold
and the girls were golden girls
and the panels read and the girls chanted:
We are the greatest city,
the great

My Host Gallery....


I am proud to have a Gallery featured in HOST HULLABALOO!,
celebrating the hosts of RedBubble. This 4th annual event
is produced and sponsored by the Solo Exhibition group.

Below is a clickable “tear sheet” from the Janis Zroback’s Gallery at the 4th Annual Host Hullabaloo!
please click it to go straight to my gallery there.

View all of the galleries!

Visiting the host galleries at Host Hullabaloo is a great way to support participating hosts, who also support your work with their volunteered time and features. Thank you! If you’re not a member of the group, you are invited to visit the public show and comment here, in this journal.

THIS JOURNAL IS ALSO PART OF A WEB RING. You can follow other host photographer and artists involved, by clicking on the WEB RING BADGE below, whi

Making Your Photos Work for You...

The article below was excerpted with permission from the writer Robert Genn, a very successful painter who runs an art listing site called the Painters Keys……

How to take photographic reference and make it exciting, instead of only reproducing a photo.

A lot of it has to do with the analysis that an artist gives to the reference prior to picking up the brush.
Here are a few ideas you might find useful
When you’re looking at a photo that you think might be made into a painting, clarify in your mind what was the main area or interest in the photo that attracted you in the first place.
Will this focus area make the transition into paint?
Which areas are worth keeping and which are to be left out?
Will other elements need to be added?
How and where can more “spirit” be added to this reference


A couple of announcements..

I have made three audio clips public for a short time you can see and hear them HERE then it will go back to friends only…scroll down and click older stories, to view the first two..
If you are not an FB friend you will need to return to this journal to provide any feedback…please let me know your thoughts…if you are already on FB and want to be privy to other posts, you will need to send a friend request…thanks so much

My latest book published a few days ago is called “Food Glorious Food” and can be previewed HERE Note:only a few pages can be viewed…Janis

A Milestone

On the 4th March 2008, I joined Redbubble and looking back it has been a very exciting five years…I guess I can now be titled a veteran member……

I joined Redbubble after reading good things about them in The Empty Easel blog…by that time I had become a member of several art listing sites, but I was still looking for the perfect one..
Redbubble was in it’s infancy then and I loved it’s sense of community and dedication to fine art…
As you all know things have changed a lot since then, but despite the changes, some of which I praised and others I deprecated, (I want that bulk edit screen back :) I still love it here…
The community, though somewhat eroded these days, is second to none on the web (I have high hopes of its recovery) and I have experienced a great deal of success through showing my

Thank you Home Page/Found...

I got this email from Redbubble today…"Your work, Still Life with Picture Wire is on the Redbubble homepage today.
One of our homepage curators picked your image because they thought it was brilliant.
Every day we add a handpicked selection of works to the homepage, and our new design allows visitors to look back through previous days’ selections, which means your work will be getting attention well past today

It was lovely to see one of my realistic Still Life Paintings on the Redbubble Found Page…….
It was also featured along with several more of my paintings in the book Watercolour Secrets published by Quarto Editions in the U.K. and Readers Digest in the U.S. available at

More Still Life Here

Still Life with Picture Wire
by © Janis Zroback

The Home Gallery..

Section of a wall in my kitchen
A home gallery is seen by family and friends and can even be open to the public…it provides them with the ability to buy on the spot, but also great ideas about how the works they purchase can be utilized and displayed, even down to the postcard size….…

“Photographer Alan Briot agrees…he says that "where you show your work is just as important as what work you show".

“Unfortunately he says, we don’t always have control over the setting in which we show our work. In fact, more often than not, we have to take what is being offered to us. However, there are instances where we have a certain amount of control over this setting..
One setting where we have far more, if not total control is at a gallery that is operated by us, a home gallery
". Alan Briot..

“Another i

New Audio Clip

I just posted a new audioclip to Facebook…How To Paint Rocks in Inks and Watercolour it’s for friends only at this point….check it out…

My AudioClips..talking about art...

I am adding a new dimension to my art this year…I am doing a series of audio clips on Facebook……the creators of the product asked me to test it for them and I am thrilled to be the first artist to do so…
My plan is to do a series of short blurbs on my painting methods, style tools and techniques, and I will also add links to articles I think you might find interesting……if all goes well, I will be adding video clips later on

The caveat: you have to be a member of Facebook and on my friends list to hear me talk about art, but that is easily remedied…just go there and request to be added as my friend…if you’re already and a friend, just check my page for the clip…I’d love to have your feedback ..

Staying True To your Vision....

The following article was written by Scott Belsky CEO of Behance (I’m a member there)…in light of all the protests over changes to this site, I thought it might help us all to understand that change should be welcomed and is often necessary to help us stay true to our vision

I have always respected Jobs’ clarity. True, the man has always shunned the status quo, but I believe his rebel ways were only a consequence of his efforts to stay true to an original vision. Jobs didn’t “think different” just for the sake of it, he just refused to conform to traditional expectations and limitations.
Some say Jobs’ possessed a “reality distortion field.” I’d argue that it was, in fact, a sense of clarity so powerful that no obstacle could get in the way of creating perfect products

Apple did not inv

Making Art That Connects

The following post was excerpted from the Fine Art Views letter which allows subscribers to share their contents..

I was watching an old episode of “Inside the Actor’s Studio” on YouTube and Chris Rock was the guest.
The part that really stuck in my mind was when he said that if a joke fails, it is his fault. He takes 100% of the responsibility for the failed joke.
It is easy to say that the audience was not clever enough to get the joke or that someone else thought it was funny but the fact of the matter is that no one laughed and Chris Rock only blames himself

I think this is an excellent analogy to the art we produce.
I have made a lot of pieces of sculpture in the last 8-9 years.
Around 6 years ago, I cast my first piece in bronze – a reclining woman on a couch.
At the time,

How to Make Your Marketing Posts on Twitter, FaceBook and LinkedIn More Effective

The information below helps you target your marketing posts to your audiences, clients or businesses including other artists, at the best time and with the greatest effect..
Believe it or not the stats are very significant…I have taken the time to edit this excerpt to suit your particular needs as artists and that includes all media…B means you the artist..C means client ..…

The following is drawn from research conducted by Compendium, a content marketing platform that helps organizations easily distribute branded content to a variety of marketing channels

You work hard to create great content.
Now you need people, businesses or clients, to actually see what you create.That means optimizing your social media strategy across different platforms. But how

The better you know your audience t

The Power of Abstraction, or Why Leaving Out The Details Might Be Best..

Did you know that our brains are hardwired to appreciate art? but apparently not just any old art…it’s abstract art we love…or I should say semi-abstract art…the kind of art where the subject is still recognizable, but elusive…apparently things are better when they are less visible..…

“Herring gull chicks don’t know much about art, but they know what they like. And, implausible as it may seem, their tiny brains love abstract paintings.
Newly hatched gulls get their food by pecking at a red spot on their mother’s yellow beak. The birds don’t even need their mother to be present – they are as happy pestering a disembodied beak as the real thing

“50 years ago Niko Tinbergen, an Oxford University scientist, made an extraordinary discovery. When presented with an abstract version of the beak –

How They Fake You Out...

The following are excerpts from an article in the Copyright Zone, elaborating the extent lawyers representing infringers, will go to prove they did not violate your copyright..very valuable information…read more by clicking the link below my excerpts..…

Attorneys in New York (and most other states) are required to take continuing education classes to keep their licenses to practice law.  
Recently I took one such class which dealt with copyright issues or more correctly, how best to represent a client accused of copyright infringement.  Likely 95% of the attorneys taking the class either represent infringers or are trying to snare such cases…read more

Here’s a look at what your clients’ attorneys do and what they tell clients in their joint effort to avoid paying you money….read more

He en

Can You Work Without It?.

No, not a camera or a paintbrush…can you paint or work without eating breakfast?

I can work on the computer till about nine or ten in the morning without eating, then I start to feel like I’m going to die, but I can’t paint on an empty stomach, or I can, but it’s painful…there have been many proven reasons to eat breakfast, and most are very important ones like lowering cholesterol and triglycerides…
I’ve jotted down a few below, which I have adapted (with a little humour), to make them more applicable to us

It restores your sugar level that was consumed while sleeping….chocolate is simply not good enough..
It supplies you more energy and nutrients that you’ll need for the day….you’ll need it to finish that huge commission…
Regularly having breakfast can increase your metabolism by as muc

Yet Another Scam...

For those also on Twitter…this might be new or not but I got it yesterday….
There is a message circulating supposedly but actually isn’t from one of your friends with a link to click ..
The screen is a Twitter message and is perfectly genuine..the message to me was from a good friend and said to look at a picture of mine on the web….see below.
However this site is a forgery, intended to trick you into disclosing financial, personal or other sensitive information..take note of it and don’t go there…

Note: the message itself is actually genuine which is the trickiest part of it, except your friend did not send it…if you respond the friend will get your answer..

Please pass this information on…thanks so much..

Well...this is a new one...

Everyday I am emailed examples of the old know the ones where they want to buy your art, they send you more than the art is worth, you send back the difference and suddenly you’re out money and art…they come in all guises, but this is a new one, (at least it’s new to me)..maybe some of you have received this already, but I wanted you to be aware of it anyway…
Unless it’s plain and simple phishing, I can’t figure out this particular game..can you

Hope you’re having a pleasant day today,
I’m a research journalist and I travel every now and then within and outside the US working on various independent projects ( Artwork ), this is why I need someone who can help keep up to date with all of my activities especially when I’m away and amidst my busy schedule.
I am married with

Idea..Vision..Creation..Market..Simple?..Not So Much...

The topic of pricing our art has cropped up repeatedly over the years and I have posted many articles about it..
The following post is really helpful in helping us to analyze the process of creating a work from the initial idea, right up to placing it on the market, in order to achieve a method of pricing that really works.
I have broken the text up with some very tiny works from my hidden Gallery to make it easier to read

The post is by Whitney Peckman and was excerpted from the fine Art Views Newsletter….the contents of these articles, do not necessarily reflect my own opinions, but have been posted here for your information and discussion….

It has always felt like an oxymoron to fuse money and creativity into one word – price..

As in, “What is the price of your painting?” What is the p

Poseurs or Artists...What do you think?

To continue the discussion on whether artists should be paid, and The hideousness of the art world, here is another side to the question…
Sometime ago I led a discussion in the PIMT forums based on a best selling book by Canadian writer, Sarah Thornton called 7 Days in the Art World..
One of the “Artists” whose works were discussed in the book was Takashi Murakami who never touches his “art work”, but has ninety assistants create them for him…the works sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars even though they are not “one of a kind” (50 or more ten by ten paintings of a childish looking flower sell for ninety thousand dollars each….are we missing the boat or what?)…Genn touches on this issue in the article below
…do check out our discussion…it’s really interesting, and consider gettti…

Your Rights in Other Countries..

So many of our images are being hijacked by scraper sites in foreign countries lately, that I thought it was time to do a bit of research on copyright in foreign countries.
So to continue the discussion of your rights started in my previous post, here is some information about copyright in other countries, the ones where the DMCA seems to have little of no effect…read on and get to know your rights in countries where U.S law has little of no effect

The article is by Brian Sherwin, regular contributing writer for FineArtViews, which encourages subscribers to share information in their posts.
Brian Sherwin is an art critic, blogger, curator, artist and writer based near Chicago, Illinois.

I often receive questions from artists concerning US copyright law in general. One common question inv

"The Hideousness of the Art World"

“Even a show-off like me finds this new, super-rich art-buying crowd vulgar and depressingly shallow"..…

“Being an art buyer these days is comprehensively and indisputably vulgar. It is the sport of the Eurotrashy, Hedge-fundy, Hamptonites; of trendy oligarchs and oiligarchs; and of art dealers with masturbatory levels of self-regard. They were found nestling together in their super yachts in Venice for this year’s spectacular art biennale. Venice is now firmly on the calendar of this new art world, alongside St Barts at Christmas and St Tropez in August, in a giddy round of glamour-filled socialising, from one swanky party to another"..

“Art critics mainly see the shows they are assigned to cover by their editors, and have limited interest in looking at much else. Art dealers very rarely

Map Your way into an Income from your Art

The following post is by Toronto artist Moshe Mikanovsky from Fine Art Views, a newsletter than encourages it’s subscribers to share information about art and fine living……

A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea. Mind maps are used to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid to studying and organizing information, solving problems, making decisions, and writing.
By presenting ideas in a radial, graphical, non-linear manner, mind maps encourage a brainstorming approach to planning and organizational tasks

I have started recently applying Mind Mapping, the brain-storming and organizing method that you can apply to any planning, in some of my activities while trying to

A Brief Overview of Your Rights

There have been enumerable forum posts on copyright and DMCA of late, and it seems that there is a whole lot of confusion about what constitutes a copyrighted material..…

The guide below addresses the use of copyrighted material and what is Fair Use as set out in the laws of the United States…in Canada it is much more strict and I will give a brief over view of those laws at the end..

What is a copyright?

  • A copyright is the set of exclusive legal rights authors have over their works for a limited period of time. These rights include copying the works (including parts of the works), making derivative works, distributing the works, and performing the works (this means showing a movie or playing an audio recording, as well as performing a dramatic work). Currently, the author’s rights begin w

Are You Rolling With The Changes?

So far we’ve talked about how to succeed, and even how to fail in your chosen field, you’ve got the list bookmarked, made a few changes in 2012, but this is 2013 and maybe it’s time to reassess the entire process in light of the inevitable changes that affect us all…to that end I thought it a good time to ask….…

“Are you rolling with the changes?

Changes to your art career are going to happen. …either you roll with them, or make them happen.

Life and technology continuously throw new opportunities, obstacles and big questions at you.

To keep up, you are changing on a nearly daily basis. While some changes are microscopic, others are monumental.

You get a smartphone and start texting instead of calling and emailing your family and friends. You get a Kindle and stop buying physical books.


New Stuff

I’ve been cleaning out and restocking my Zazzle store….since they eliminated shoes, (and I’m so glad I bought some of my own designs), the shelves have been pretty sparse..
Now in addition to using some of my designs shown in my gallery here, I am now designing specifically for my store and plan to expand the range of available products both on Zazzle and elsewhere
So right now this selection plus some other items are on offer, but over the next few weeks many more items will be available for sale in my signature style


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