Sunday, February 20, 2011

Artists must never live in fear of being copied... Let us be fearless and friends...


The picture above is part of a painting I did on being Fearless...A Wistful should be able to peek- out without my fear of being copied to hinder the inspiration she gives...

Ideas are not something an artist should fear sharing... either in blogland, in publications, in mainstream production, anywhere. It should be like inviting a friend over for tea in your home and having fun together creating, dreaming, giving...


Hello every dear artist and friend! I have a little gift of information to send...



Did you know that if people who love, say my Vrai Elf, to the right on my sidebar or my "Home Sweet Home" cottage, my faery pumpkin carriage featured as "Inspirational Quote" and art of the week by Jo Packham or my artistic style or my "Wistfuls" or any of my drawings and decided to make art in the same style, using the same techniques and media and then, not mention how I influenced them, or worse, sell the art they create, that it is against the law?
I am not being copied, this is just an educational post to help us all. Did you know? Many are fuzzy on what is right or wrong when copying and selling art. Many artists get a warm, wonderful, feeling from an artist, buy the artist's work, admire the artist and begin painting like the artist, sometimes technique for technique, stroke for stroke. It is usually, such an innocent mistake on the part of the artist who is copying someone else. The artist doesn't understand copyright. The artist doesn't understand how it affects the licensing, rights, and feelings of the artist being copied. I know it is a mistake any could make, but it is like calling one of my Wistfuls, yours. A Wistful spoke to my imagination and I brought her forth with her sisters after. She was from my heart. I was fearless in showing her to all and should be, just that "Fearless." I love how we all share information, technique, inspiration in Bloglandia! It is a miracle to me. So, with that in mind, this post is only that... informational and sent with love. It is a foggy area for some what the line is between influence and copyright infringement. This link will clear-up any questions about what is ok and what is not. Kelly Rae Roberts wrote it out with such firm clarity, compassion, and even kindness. http://www.kellyraeroberts.blogspot.com/2009/03/what-is-and-is-not-okay.html
It is such a loving thing, usually, to have someone emulate what you do. I know how much artists can make you feel, inspireyou, make you want to create... so use what they teach to find your own heart path. If you love how something looks, look inside yourself and tell your story with say, a paint technique or a use of media or crumpled dictionary pages and show us your light. It is so bright, you know, your story... So gorgeous, unique and yours... so divine. I want to see you shine. Take your wick to those whom inspire you, light it at their flame, if you need to, tell your story, as a result, but don't take the whole candle... please... and call it your own...

11 comments:

faerwillow said...

~insight in the most gentle of ways you have shared...what i find most interesting is that this partly a reason i never finished an online art class...though unbelievably wonderful it was and i did learn how to draw faces...there were an bundance of us creating very liked minded images...and in this big wide world that we live in how would anyone find us apart from thee other...besides us having our own little spark added to our drawing they were all along similiar lines...so when one teaches another do you forever list them or credit them as to the artist you became...cause eventually you find your way and style and become your own...yet it possibly was taught from another...don't know if this was a bit of a ramble and makes no sense at all...but a reason i did not continue to finish the class...i draw from my mind and want it to be unique to me...anywho...once more i thank yo and look forward to reading the link you haev shared...be well and much love light and blessings be with you always~

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

EXCELLENTLY PUT DEAREST! Yes, of course, we are all influenced by each other, but it is always safe to give credit to whom it is due, and shine the light from which the inspiration came. But to take the WHOLE CANDLE, you so rightly said it, is clearly stepping over the line. How wonderful however, that we can look at one another's styles and grow and develop our own. THANK YOU!!!! Anita

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Hi Amy..gorgeous art as always..very uplifting..and beautiful words. I create from an inward place...so for me creating is internal..and i feel blessed by that. Ideas and inspiration can be universal and collective..and many people may create on a similar thread but always uniquely in their own way..but yet..there are those out there...sadly...who will take from others...some not realizing and some quite disrespectfully with that very intention.
but yes..you must keep shining. and as creatives we all should support and celebate one another and enhance the energy of integrity and respect..this will make it bloom strongly.. for those still learning.

wonderful post

Terri Kahrs said...

Excellent post, Sweet Amy! Giving credit where credit is due - such a simple thing! Hugs, Terri xoxox

Georgianna said...

Only you, dear Amy, could present a sometimes indelicate subject in such a gentle and delicate way, with such a gracious and generous heart. I think your post should be the required reading for anyone who fears putting their creations out there. Those who take wholesale do know what they are doing, perhaps not at first but before long they must recognize it. Instead of censuring you are gently guiding them to look instead for their own message, their own light to share. Beautifully written and so timely. xo – g

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Thanks dears! Your words are balm. No one should just shrug at copyright infringement. It is part of the artist. To say that an artist should not mind and if he should not mind for if he was a great artist he would have moved on by now is like saying when someone is mugged and robbed that the person should be rich enough to just not care and should move on and to heck with the law. If you are a great investor, you can stand to lose some money, so being robbed isn't such a big deal. There is no logic in that. To say an artist should just let people copy her works, as some believe, and sell them as her own, is wrong. If you stole a manuscript for a book someone else had written and everyone knew who wrote the original, you would call it stealing, so why do some say that artists will always be copied and they should just let it go? Strange.

Jessie said...

The fuzzy area comes in when something is accidently copied unwittingly. We all have images around us throughout the day and sometimes things creep into the subconscious without us realising! Of course when an artwork is blatently copied that is a different story. I've heard of musicians having the same problem. I would always make it clear if my work was influenced by someone else as long (as I am aware of it!) :) xx

Sheila said...

Amy...such a **true** and much needed post. I've spent countless hours admiring others' work. But to "take" from another, creations from spirit, is to me innately wrong. I love the outlet of sharing and think it's wonderful to discuss technique. But I find great joy in creating something that I know manifested from my soul. It was once a thought, now it's my little creation. And we should not be afraid to share. I have a great lesson in that aspect I will share with you soon. Hope you are doing well!! All the best to you :-)

http://afancifultwist.typepad.com said...

Lovely Amy, not only is your post beautiful (not taking the whole candle really touched me) - but your comment herein is really true too. Love your analogy.

It is a very tricky line, both for the over zealous person who might be toppling into copying, and for the artist. Both feel mashed up if it all comes to light, I think.

But, the bestest part, is having discussions like this. So that we can all learn and grow, and understand more and more....

Love, Vanessa

meandering pearl said...

i haven't had a chance to visit here lately since we moved to America & have had to care for friends, but it so refreshes my heart to visit here, i love your work!!!

Melissa said...

Just. perfect. You are a true inspiration! xo