“You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life.”
4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Gouache
My new adventure into Art Licensing has been a real eye opener. I am learning that much of the art we put out there is being stolen and others are claiming it as their own. My bubble has officially been burst. I was always taught that art created by another is not to be copied or stolen.
I am a part of a LinkedIn group called CopyRights – Artist’s Rights. Together, we are blogging today about examples of how you can be inspired by someone’s work without copying it. I do have to admit that I am a self taught artist and I have learned so much from watching all of the talented people around me. The example I am showing you today is part of my learning process. It has not and never will be for sale, but I want to show you the way I interpreted it in my own way.
I love the original pastel art by Susan Dunker that I found while looking into fauvism. I had a lovely tulip photo from Marionh from WetCanvas’ Reference Image Library. The photo is royalty free for use by artists to paint from. Keep in mind – You cannot sell the photo, but you may sell a painting that uses the photo as reference material. Also, no copyrighted photos may be uploaded to the Reference Image Library.
Here is my little example.
I mainly played with the color. I would not feel comfortable selling it as my own. I am going to show you what I am more likely to do in the next examples.
Both of these were painted from photos by my friend Dewi. I would have no problem selling either of these paintings as my own.
I hope this clears up some common misconceptions about what is not okay. I will be updating this post with links to other artists who are participating in our “Be Inspired” blog hop today.
Here are the links so far:
Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar (born 6 November 1926) is an American author, salesperson, and motivational speaker. He has published over 48 works, including the 2007 book titled God’s Way Is Still the Best Way.