“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.
More about Zig here.