Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sunday Snaps: Ground Horse

Took a long walk in Glen Helen and it was gorgeous. I always manage to see  little creatures and not just live one's but one's that exist in the mind's eye. My husband says I'm like that little girl in the movie The Fall, always full of imagination and collecting little boxes of trinkets.
This is a tree root; looks like a horse trying to break free and run wild in the woods.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Something Old, Something New

No, not talking about Nancy. I am talking about an old piece of knitting that Nancy and I stitched onto another pole (nancy did the hearts) on Dayton Street. Tried something new on Saturday . I was helping my daughter sell cupcakes at the Farmer's Market for charity and the booth next to us was selling buffalo meat. I tried some buffalo meat jerky and YUM it was good.
Okay, so I tried the buffalo meat, BUT
Squirrel Pasties?
Eating Grey Squirrels has become very popular in England and in some places they are flying off the shelves.


Bits & Bobs, This & That

Doodled in my sketchbook, made textile totem embellishments with foam, finished my vinyl record painting.

I got this from hubby on Mother's Day
Mother gets grumpy without her tea
In Case of Emergency Break Glass



PIZZA BOX COMPETITION
Art News Blog had a link to an art competition, I thought what the heck, why not give it a go! If you have time check it out and tell me what you think.
Design your own Pizza Box

Oooh, check out pollocksthebollocks pizza box design, I would buy pizza just so I could get the box :)
Or how about this one by the Bird Proofer David Howard
Here is Maria's (busy in London with her play-woo hoo) at Baaahhh

Classical Drawing and Hair


20 minute poses and our model had this classical look that made her such a pleasure to draw, alas she is moving out of state :(
Hair is always a problem for me, and the last thing I even want to confront, but I really like how the hair and bun turned out.

From the Virtual Instructor

I found another fan of Pierre-Paul Prud'hon and check out how his work inspired this artist, Kenneth Peters, at Brush Tips.
DROOOOOOOOOOL!
Gonna get out my Prud'hon book, which is filled with amazing drawings. 
 Not sure how I lucked out getting this book because it is out of print and now very expensive. I picked it up in a big old bookstore in New York for $30 many moons ago and have cherished it ever since.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Copyright: Twisted Wire Face

huh!
I did a blog entry about my twisted wire face in 2011.  
HELL-O
now removed

what the fudge is it doing on Vimeo
and wow, this  architectural firm exhibited at the Venice Biennale. 
A large enough company to know BETTER 
and 
used it to promote an event on their fb page







Copyright: what a peaCOCK- up


Look familiar?

Yes, my scanned feathers from 2010
How they ended up on a major publishers 70th anniversary edition book cover I don't know, and of course you GUESSED it, no credit to me, no payment, NADA. I tried emailing  thepublishing company but NO response, but here it is on amazon
and
here it is a

YA KNOW!
“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Like erm, getting paid for my work ;)


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Yarnbombing at the Corner Cone

and spuggy sez
 there's  a right yarn going on there too.
Oh, of course I had to put a bird on it ;)
Owner Bob Swaney commissioned me to do a yarnbomb and gave me free reign. I slowly knitted it over the winter. Probably could have done it in minutes with a machine, but there is something about doing it by hand and for a specific location that makes it personalized and special. 
Bob attaching yarnbomb flower

I am pretty pleased with the finished result, although I made the knitting a little too wide, but oh well! I never pretended to be a brilliant knitter. Sprayed it with a uv spray to help reduce sun fade.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Spin Art Theatre: NOT a Damien Hirst Butterfly


Imitating myself, imitating Damien Hirst, and back to myself.
If this is your first visit here, then here is the explanation for the title.




Alas my Spin Painting White Blossom by Damien Hirst NOT won't be seen in the Tate Modern, ahem!
However there may be plenty Not so cheap knockoff copies of my painting hanging in numerous homes around the world and people will be writing papers on it, and claiming they own the original ;) and maybe one day someone will be daft enough to try and sell a fake copy to Sotheby's.







Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sunday Snaps: Stone and Brick

more info
There is something about country drives that are so soothing to the soul and  last week I saw this graveyard statue when we were driving through Beavercreek Ohio.
Talking about soothing I won't pretend things have been soothing lately. The constant theft of so much of my work has been very damaging to my creative incentive and pretty depressing. Suffice it to say that whatever I create has been a slow crawl back, and certainly not something I can display on my blog straight away. Just FYI, if you want to bulk register your work with the copyright office it all has to be created in the same year and published in the same month.
That means whatever I create this year has to be saved into a collection and published in the same month. On the other hand you could just register each piece, but that get's pricey. Here is a link about it.



Saturday, June 22, 2013

Nice Try but it's still my art


BUT
 it's still MY art that was used, ahem!
Spin Flower
Oh I know, someone adjusted the hue and saturation, squished the image, and photoshopped it to look like it's sitting on hands BUT
I would love to see how anyone could possibly could have made an exact copy of mine? You see I did not use an ordinary spin art machine to create it and it took more than 5 minutes to create. It did however take me less than 3 mins to adjust the saturation on the original photo and hello!

I am sure there must be a misunderstanding, right!


Friday, June 21, 2013

Copyright Lawsuit BuzzFeed and Man fired from Job he Invented

Marie Kazalai at Artist Marketing Resources shared a link with me about a current lawsuit against BuzzFeed by a photographer.
Buzzfeed is estimated as a $200 million dollar company by the Wall Street Journal and makes it's money from advertizing.

The photographer was asked why he is asking so much and he should get a life(which is a drop in the bucket compared to the income this company makes) in his lawsuit, but really the bigger question is why should anyone/companies profit from the work of others?
When Artists try to protect their work and source of income, why take the side of lazy greedy companies or individuals who can't be bothered to do the actual work themselves?

Mutli Billion Dollar Company steals name and brand from Turner Barr who created Around the World in 80 Jobs

#make it right #80jobs

Meanwhile
One company continues to use the photograph of my spin art spin painting white blossom. 


and giclee copies are selling on Amazon as a Damien Hirst for a hefty price.
Apparently my telling them back in May that it was copyright to me didn't make a heap of difference. 
Be nice if Amazon let me know how many were sold and I could send them a bill eh!




Thursday, June 20, 2013

Copyright: It's not a DREAM, it's a nightmare

yep, another one of my spin art paintings Peacock Dream from 2010 used by a dj for a music video.

You would think all spin art looks the same but there is a certain technique I used with a  home built machine that distinguishes them.
And here it is
in the webcache dated 2011 on the jafagirls old wordpress blog a year before it got used on the music video.

Why can't people just have the courtesy of asking and crediting me? 

PS. thanks Gone Thrifting blog for removing my image.

NOTICE
This image  has been filed, along with many of my images, with the US Copyright Office
You want to steal it
Steal at your own peril



  




Tuesday, June 18, 2013

What a Yarn with Banksy and Planking on a Yarnbombed Bench

okay, this one lost me LOL!
What has my pic of the jafagirl flower power pole got to do with Bansky and Exit Through the Gift Shop and when did Banksy's movie become a disaster movie ;)
Must be another one of those mux up's, I mean MIX up's!


And some  had fun with our yarnbombed 
Carpe Diem Bench 

No sound on it, but go to 1.55

and here in New Zealand all about 
Planking at 4:27 
LOL!

I'm not even going to tell you where THIS image ended up
Let's just say the French enjoyed them a little too much on a particular forum
 oooh la la

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Feast for the Eyes

Mine and Others
This is my view from the kitchen, well not quite as dreamy as this
 BUT
 you get the picture. 
and those driving by will get a peep of this old yarnbomb jafapal Nancy and I put together. 
It was stored in the cupboard after being taken down from the Dayton Art Museum exhibit last year. Needed some fresh air.
AND
Peeps on the Bike Trail can enjoy the gorgeous view as they go round the bend ;0 Tweet!

Have a GREAT weekend

I am off to plot serious studio work for next week in preparation for two exhibits.



Friday, June 14, 2013

Image Licence: Yes, I have something to say UK Arts Directory

Thank You
Not only are they licencing my free art friday sceaming mouth image for their website  section If You Have Something To Say, they included a blog entry with links 

As an expat Geordie, I am chuffed as mint balls they wanted to use my work on their website.

Here is their about section and uk artists can
register for free.

*********
Licencing Info
For those who are interested in Licencing this image for use on websites, promotional events, music videos etc, please contact me at
jafagirlart (at) yahoo (dot) com



Thursday, June 13, 2013

Life Drawing: Such a Struggle

 We had a GREAT model at the studio yesterday, an absolute professional and knows how to do a range of classical poses. Boy oh boy though did I struggle, took me 20 minutes just to get this down and even then I wasn't getting it. I ask myself at times like this why the heck do I put myself through this, it's so frustrating and then I read THIS article by Judith Schaechter. It's a long read but so worth it. I particularly like the section where she talks about the artist Lino and how "process is a major factor in his inspiration". 

So as frustrating as life drawing can be at times, well most of the time, I love the process, I want to develop my skills and climb that mountain. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Drawing and Yarnbombing

And it's time for this spuggy to get on with her day, life drawing, and no doubt I will pick the most awkward angles to draw.
Okay this isn't awkward, but hands are a challenge for me and the other hand was really hard to made sense of visually.
Box-ism by corrine

 Then yarnbombing for Yellow Springs Pride

Have a GREAT day everyone!


Monday, June 10, 2013

Award Winning Artist discovers her painting used on pillows at TJ Maxxx

In April 2013 Kay visited TJMaxx and I asked her about it.
 "I discovered this unauthorized copyright infringement in April 2013 by seeing a pillow in TJMaxx/Home Goods store in Midland, TX. 
 I photographed its identifiers (face of pillow, tags front and back).  After notifying their customer service, TJX notified their designers of importer Devi Designs theft of my work.  I was told by TJX that all pillows with my floral art would be pulled from retail immediately, and they apologized.  Product was made in India and filled/finished in USA. Communication with Devi Designs has remained unanswered.  My zinnias floral has been online and copyrighted since 2007"

I asked Kay how she felt seeing her work used on pillows in a store.


"I'd just had a mammogram that day, so was feeling tired, and was wanting to check out the new TJX store.  I was stunned and speechless upon seeing the pillow.  I picked it up and looked it over carefully, saying to myself "this can't be my work...can it???" It could, and it was! The top and bottom few inches of my floral had been cropped so that my signature with the circle C for universal copyright designation was cut off and gone.  I examined a few other floral pillows there in a similar style to mine, but they were not my work; their identifying artists' signatures were also omitted.
I did seek legal advice from my lawyer niece in Phoenix, who advised getting an intellectual property attorney.  I have contacted a firm in Houston, TX, and am awaiting their reply if this is worth pursuing or not."

Kay Smith LINKS
BLOG and WEBSITE

Sadly it happens with companies like 
who are blatantly ripped off artists work
 I have heard the same convenient excuse, a vendor did it, oops sorry we removed it.

Fashion Designer rips off Jimbo Phillips

Marks&Spencers

Modern Dog Designs vs Target

5 Famous Copyright Cases 

and that is just the TIP of the iceberg

How a company gets away with it when asking employees to steal copyrighted work

So, no I am not the only one facing this onslaught of outright copyright infringement and copyright theft :(
Here is my Wall of Shame


Spin Art on Design Portfolio? Chicago Art Festival?

So back in 2010 I talked about how easy it is to set up your own spin art machine and do your own. I guess some don't want to spend actual time doing their own.  Don't they teach the students about copyright at Louisiana State University? 
Using it for a class assignment is one thing, using it for your online design portfolio website is another. 

Meanwhile in Chicago
my spin art
Is HERE





Friday, June 07, 2013

Strolling down to Street Fair

Each year it seems Street Fair gets busier and busier, and MORE garage sales lining the way down Dayton Yellow Springs Road. Thankfully we can just stroll on down and I spied a stencil on the way. Always love coming across odd things when you least expect them.
Meanwhile back in the studio

I am just about finished one embroidery piece, "i hate clowns", and had fun doing the flower. I just made it up as I went along, just as I do when I draw or doodle in my sketch book. The center is red velvet with french knots, and the yellow around it is couched.
well off to play with paint.
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The NOT Damien Hirst Painting AGAIN: Art in Motion Music


Yea, you know the one, this one
AGAIN
The one that is spread all over the net attributed to Damien Hirst
ta da here it is again

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