Right now, I am in the midst of reorganizing my studio. I am in the midst or putting together some inspiring outdoor venue painting workshops for this summer where everyone can be inspired and play without boundaries. Since I’ve decided to bring in some huge canvases to play with new ideas and techniques, that means making some room. For a limited time, any piece not currently associated with a gallery will be offered at a “downsizing” price. Shipping and handling fees are extra. Scroll through your favourites, and send me an email when you’ve chosen the ones you would like. First come-first served. No holds please. Have fun! Annie
Every once in a while I will google search myself. No, I am not a narcissist, but it helps me keep tabs on how I am managing my art and its publicity. Imagine my surprise today when I found out that I could buy a reproduction print of my own art work from a company based out of Russia.
Did anyone ever contact me from this company asking me to use the image of my work? No.
Did anyone ever ask me if I wanted to make cheap reproduction prints of my work? No.
At no point in time did I give anyone permission to use my works for any reproduction or copying purposes. Now, I obviously have given galleries permission to use my art work for promotion purposes when I have done shows, but I have specifically and purposefully avoided contests or shows wherein I would have given away the legal rights to my work to the companies involved.
So now I have a company in Russia, illegally using my work to make cheap, unauthorized copies for profit. Nice. Assholes.
I had considered at one point having reproductions run of a few select pieces. The company I had discussed this with based out of Toronto came highly recommended by a friend in the business and was a high end facility who makes extremely high quality products. The process to make such a product was very involved, use specialized high end scanners of the original work etc etc. I chose against doing this for the moment due to the inherent costs involved with making a beautiful high quality reproduction. Had I wanted to make cheap low end prints, I am sure I could have, however that was not I wanted for myself, my art or my potential customers.
The fact is, when we buy prints at a low cost, inevitably we are getting what we pay for in terms of quality. I can guarantee you that this company did not scan the original work, but rather lifted the photo image of it from either this web page or my Facebook page (or someone else’s if they decided to share something that they liked with their friends). So, the quality of the image is not there when you buy this way. As well, the original artist likely has no clue that there are reproductions of their work being sold off at discounted rates. The artist (even while they may be credited for the original image-and my name is ANN not ANNA thank you oh so much) receives no proceeds from the sales of these cheap reproductions from these companies. Why should some company in Russia (or wherever) reap the profits from my artistic property when they are illegally stealing what came out of my head, created with my hands.
I am not naive enough to believe that people don’t take images off the net for their own purposes. It’s part of the hazards when you post anything. That said,someone pinning my work to Pinterest, a student using it for a project, an artist using it for their own inspiration is one thing, a company stealing it to profit off it, something altogether different.
So, lessons learned. Always search for your own work once you have put it out there, whether it’s images or words. Google yourself, image titles, or phrases to see just where your work has ended up, who is using it and how it is being used. If you are buying works of art or reproductions, always google the original artist to see if the original work is available (and what it looks like to compare-because if you check out the image in high def on their web site it is a joke and I sure as hell would not buy it even for that cheap price because it looks like a cheap photocopy compared to the original piece). When at all possible, see if the artist is offering prints or reproductions of the piece. Chances are, you may pay a few more dollars for it, but the quality of what you will be getting will be highly superior to some cheap run off version. And remember, yes it’s great to get new art, but it’s also important to support the artists who create these phenomenal images, whether it’s buying the original or copies that the artist supports.
As for that web site, please do NOT purchase any of “my art” from Images2Love as I did not give them permission to use my art for any purpose whatsoever. When you compare th”detailed” image they offer to the original painting, the run off is truly crap in comparison. This is artistic theft plain and simple. If you are interested in my Northern Lights Shoreline, contact me directly.
Apparently this is the path that I am meant to work for the next bit. Large, bold, colourful creations with fluidity and powerful movement. Enjoy.
It’s back! On January 25, at KW’s THE MUSEUM, join 20 artists, about 4 or 5 hundred guests for an exhilarating evening of live art. You vote for your favourites after every round, and each piece of art is up for auction immediately after each round. It’s a fun evening with amazing art and electrifying energy. Get your tickets soon as this event has sold out every year!
New ideas, new colours, new works and it’s time to refresh. For a limited time, selected works will be offered at a reduced price. Gallery credited works are not included in the promotion. Please send a message to inquire about your favourite work and starting living your life in colour this year. Regards and best wishes in the new year! Annie
So says the artist as she tries to figure out a better, more user friendly way to put the art out there. After some suggestions from viewers, I’ve tried to make this just a tad easier for someone to try and find specific pieces, themes, etc. The “galleries” have been revamped a bit. I tried as much as possible to group them by series, or failing that, style. Let me know if this works better!
On another note, I am still taking a few more commissions. After the Art in the Yard show, I have had requests for variations of what I am dubbing my “Canadiana” series-the landscapes, endangered species and all the rest. I still have room for a few more, however keep in mind, that all of these are completed using oil paint. Oil paint naturally takes some time to dry, so while you might want your piece tomorrow, it’s gonna take a wee bit longer before I can let you take it home and put it on your wall.
It’s that time of year again. The excitement is building, paintings being ready, decisions, decisions!
This year, I will be brining select series of paintings, almost all exclusively new work that has not been shown before. If there is something you would truly love to see up close, then don’t hesitate to ask, whether it’s to check out technique or colours, or you just like it. The “lily” series and some of my more abstract works will not be coming with me unless by special request.
Don’t be surprised this year to see me with the easel set up, me covered in paint,finishing off or starting some piece or another. The one thing that I have realized about me is that sitting still and I don’t get along that well. So, pop in, say hi, wander around and I love to chat about what I have been doing and where I might be going thematically or stylistically.
Hope to see you all there as it is such a blast!