Have you ever seen a really beautiful photo on a web page or even in Instagram? Have you right-clicked to save that image or taken a screen shot? Did you know that what you just did is theft? I know, that sounds harsh, but the truth is, you just took money out of the pocket from the person who created that image, especially if that person makes their living creating art and images.
Social media has been a great tool for artists to gain exposure to a world-wide audience. But this has come at a price, and most of it is just innocent and a lack of understanding of intellectual property rights. Most people just copy for “personal consumption,” meaning they save the image as a screen background or to look at in their own home. That is okay, until you use that image on your own webpage, facebook page or in any way that could be deemed “advertising.” And if you make a print of that image yourself, rather than buying it from the person who created the image, well, that’s not cool either.
UpWork has a great article that talks about licensing rights when you are looking for content to use in your advertising in print and online. You may have heard the term “Royalty Free Images.” This usually means that you can “use” the image a certain way for free. But read the fine print, you may be able to use it for personal consumption, but not for a commercial use.
If you are interested in some really great royalty free images, check out the New York Public Library Digital Collection. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/
Most of us artists don’t mind if you share our images on your social media pages, in fact, we encourage this behavior! But when you do, just make sure you tag or insert a link back to the artist so anyone else who is interested in the work can find it from the person who created it!
Hello everyone! I’m starting a new video series where I give a peek into my working art studio! This week I’m sharing a project I did at a Play-shop with Janet Strickler. These “junk journals” are made from 100% recycled materials. I am a huge fan of recycling and reusing materials. This is why when you receive a shipment from me, you’ll most likely see re-used materials in it.
If you’d like to make your own, here is a link to a process that is similar to what I learned this weekend: Recycled Mini Notebook
A gift from Grandma Lee who painted my kitty Prissy in 1983.
It’s been awhile since I’ve made a blog post. I feel bad that I fell off my 52card PU art. At this point in the year, I think I will just start planning to start again next year!
Coming up on October 19th, I’ll be the featured artist for Arts & Ales at Lefthand Brewing from 6-8pm here in Longmont. I’ll have some of my pet portraits, greeting cards and other art available for purchase and I will be revealing my KITTY FACE 20×20 painting! Stop on by! I’d love to talk art with you while sipping a yummy beer from LeftHand!
I’ve been busy this summer working with the Longmont Artists’ Guild working at the Boulder County Fair where we were in charge of the art contest there, the Lyon’s Art on the River event at the end of August, Longmont ArtWalk in mid-September.
I’ve also been working with Lisa Larsen on our GYST (Get your S**T Together) workshops for creatives. It’s been good for me to work on my own art business while coaching others to do the same! This project is in it’s infancy, but we both know it will grow and become something much bigger! We’re looking for late 2018 early 2019.
I’ve also been busy with my digital media business. I work for a real estate team doing their newsletter, website, social media and other marketing tasks. I’ve been growing this business in the last month. Which is good, but leaves a little less time for art.
I’ve recently updated my “About Me” page which is a bio/artist statement about why I create. Check it out here! In case you didn’t already know, my mother and grandmother were oil painters too! Mom was more into landscapes and barns, while Grandma did landscapes, portraits, still life and animals! The picture above was a gift from her to me in 1983. It’s a portrait of my kitty Prissy.
Thanks to everyone for the tremendous support you give me. Because of you, I can create and that means everything to me.
Today I spent the afternoon preparing images of my paintings for entry into art shows this summer. It’s a lot of work to properly photograph (or scan) your images in a high quality format. Then you must edit your images to the size and format (ppi) that the exhibitor (or the website that handles the entry) wants. Luckily, that’s one of the services I provide, so I know what I’m doing!
I entered 3 shows this afternoon:
Gone to the Dogs 7 – Which is put on by Niza Knoll Gallery at 915 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. I entered my “Portland Pooches” painting and my “Sunny Day Lunch” painting. The show runs from August 4th through September 16th. I will hear back from them by next week if I made it in.
Louisville Art Association National Fine Art & Photography Show & Sale – 801 Grant Ave, Louisville, CO. www.louisvilleart.org
I entered my “I’m Feeling Koi,” “Lonely Fox,” and “Hunter’s Lunch.” The show runs from September 1st through September 10th.
Boulder County Fair – Boulder County Fairgrounds at 9595 Nelson Rd., Longmont, CO. This is not a “juried” show, meaning everyone who enters, gets in! The fair runs from July 29th through August 7th. I entered my “Piggy Toes,” “Blue Ribbon Rooster,” and “Garden Bunny.” All artwork is for sale by contacting the artist directly. Free Admission! http://www.bouldercountyfair.org/
Yep, shameless plug! Tonight (Friday, March 10th) starting at 5pm at the Great Frame up at 430 Main Street in Longmont, the Longmont Artists’ Guild is having their annual show. There will be a reception starting at 5pm with voting by public opinion for “Best in Show” as well as “Best 2D” and “Best Photography” ending by 7pm.
I entered 3 paintings and 3 photographs! (because I just couldn’t decide!) . ALL ART IS FOR SALE!
Some com on down and give me a vote…er um… I mean vote for your favorite art! There will be finger food, drinks and wine to purchase.
Hope to see you there!
Photography: Spirit of Antelope Canyon
Paining: “I’m feeling KOI” and Photography “Pent Up”
Photography: “Colorado Sunflower”
Painting: “Sunny Day Lunch”
Painting: “Lonely Fox”
I am honored to be one of the participating artists in this year’s Boulder County Home & Outdoor Living Show at the Boulder County fairgrounds March 24, 25 & 26.
I will be displaying and selling my oil paintings, giclee prints, greeting cards, mini-pet portraits & more!
Stop on by our booth which is sponsored by Left Hand Artists Group for some great giveaways!
This week I was hanging with my pal Meg just “doin’ some art” and I came up with the idea of making book marks from the beer labels I received from Left Hand Brewing for their annual Beer Label Art Auction event at the end of January (details will follow when announced).
I tore up a bunch of the beer labels and glued them to a piece of heavy duty water color paper. Then I cut them up, and taped the edges with decorative tape and attached tassels. I really like these! So much I’m keeping one for myself for sure!
I’m getting excited for my 52 – card – pick-up art project for 2017! I’ve primed my 53 (yes one joker) cards in preparation for painting one a week! I took a deck of cards that I got for free at an event and I primed the back of each one today using house paint primer. Looks like some are bending a bit, but I don’t mind; this whole idea is just an experiment!
As for what I’m going to paint on these cards, I have no idea. I think I’ll just let the mood of the week decide. I will also mix up the media I use. I may use oil paints, acrylics, pastels or other media. Maybe even try something with textures. Who knows! I’m excited to see that happens!
Whoa! The holidays got away from me! Sorry it’s been 3 weeks since I did a post. Oops.
What’s going on now:
I am now solo in my studio/gallery space downtown. My friend Meg was not able to continue the partnership, but that’s okay! I still have some of her wonderful mosaic multimedia art pieces for sale. I will be changing the name to “Jill’s Impressions” later this week.
I’ve been working on more “Cat Eyes” (previously known as “mini-cats”) series. These are 5″ or 4″ square miniature paintings displayed on a mini easel. I am happy to do a custom painting of your pet as well! They sell for $25 or $30 shipped.
I’ve been busy working for LAG (Longmont Artists’ Guild) keeping up with all of the events, managing the website, social media and newsletter. I am now going to be in charge of our latest venue at the Old Town Marketplace starting in January 2017. I figured it was easy for me to manage since this is where my studio is. LAG artists will be featured in the main lobby starting the 2nd Friday of each month. (2nd Friday’s are Longmont’s Art Walk events all year around.)
I’m also a member of LHAG (Left Hand Artist Group) and we are holding an art auction on January 28th at LeftHand Brewing here in Longmont (supporting the Left Hand Brewing Foundation.) The art is created with and inspired by breweries, brewing and beer labels. Below is my submission for the auction. I will share details about the event when they are published publicly. I’m super excited about this event, and not just because there will be free beer….
Lefthand Brewing Beer Label Art. Acrylic painting with beer label collage, bottle caps and a sticker.