Be Your Original Self

“You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life.”
–Zig Ziglar

Red Tulips

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.[1]

More about Zig here.

25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. pjhornberger
    May 06, 2011 @ 11:52:18

    Thanks to all of you for doing this. Ya’ll have said it so well.


    • Beth Parker
      May 06, 2011 @ 12:24:07

      I’m so glad you posted here. I went and checked out your blog. I love it. As soon as I read about the crows and Mr. Macho’s truck, I immediately subscribed. You are too fun!!


  2. Robin Pickens
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 23:04:53

    Beth, what lovely work! I especially love the cat you showed. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this hop- it’s been a delight to get to “know” you all more!


  3. Chris Chun
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 21:12:39

    Thanks for sharing Beth. I love seeing your inspiration and where you took it for your art!


  4. Aaron Christensen
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 19:28:06

    Your delightful fish have me dreaming of those days when the thermometer inched above 50! Come on spring! Thanks for sharing your perspective!


  5. sue zipkin
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 18:28:50

    What a great post & lovly artwork. The best to you in your budding career….
    I love what Brenda shared above!


  6. Terri
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 18:10:03

    hi ya beth,

    just popping in to your creative world to see what inspires you! I’ve been wanting to try guache. Oh can we ever have enough art supplies?


    • Beth Parker
      Mar 03, 2011 @ 18:14:10

      Thanks, Terri! Oh you are so right about the art supplies! I love mixing a little gouache in with watercolor when I want a little more opacity in spots and it’s fun!


  7. brendapinnick
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 16:56:35

    Hi Beth, thanks for sharing your inspiration and your wonderful art with us! Sorry your bubble has been burst but at least you go into art licensing with knowledge!

    BTW- check out my husband’s homebuilt plane, a Pulsar, on my blog.…resting-spring/


    • Beth Parker
      Mar 03, 2011 @ 17:11:27

      Thanks, Brenda! I am okay with the bubble bursting and will be a careful poster and an avid supporter of this group. I will not be deterred from my passion. 🙂

      That plane is soooo cool!!! I am almost able to take passengers up, too. It’s very very exciting. I want to take my husband on some adventures. Please share some of your travel news and pass my congratulations on to your talented husband! 😀


  8. shelly kennedy
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 16:14:33

    love the FISH!
    i just visited the Aquarium in New Orleans –
    i was very inspired by all the water life!


  9. Vickie
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 16:00:38


    Love your fish! Great explanation on how you are inspired.


  10. Molly Smith
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 15:40:10

    Beth, your art is amazing! I love how you explained your inspiration process. Thank you for linking me, visiting my blog and commenting. I am happy to know you. ~Molly


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  12. Joan T
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 11:13:51

    It is really sad that the creative ideas of people are stolen so often. And the internet only makes it easier. You must be learning lots about licensing…and speaking of licensing I see you are flying a bit again. Did the nasty winter weather keep you grounded?


    • Beth Parker
      Mar 03, 2011 @ 12:03:29

      Hi Joan! Yes, I was grounded all but one day in February, due to snow or wind. I hope to finish up this month and get my Private Pilot’s License. YAY!!!


  13. Phyllis Dobbs
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 10:53:10

    Great post and I love the ZZ quote. We never know how we will inspire someone as well as being inspired whether its words, a smile, or art.


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