Saturday, April 12, 2008

Calming sights

I haven't yet started on the grisaille pears - I've been too upset over finding out that one of my paintings is being sold on merchandise without my knowledge. A few years ago, I donated "the use of two paintings" to a project for a pet shelter in need of cash. The paintings were being put on a calendar and the calendar being sold with proceeds going to the animal shelter. I was flattered that my two paintings were going on the calendar and was glad I could help the animal shelter. Never was I informed that they would also be sold on merchandise! I hadn't even realized until I did a routine google on my own name. What a shocker and how upsetting. I wonder if the other artists know that the work they had accepted for the calendar is even being sold as small posters, greeting cards, postcards, t-shirts, buttons, mousepads, and a slew of other items.

And to top it all off, the same paintings are now being offered on a 2008 calendar! Without any notice at all. Does this artist not think it important to get permission first??? As an artist, does she not understand about reproduction rights?

I'm waiting until a friend arrives back from a trip to see what she says. Maybe her memory is better than mine. Her work is also there.

In the meantime, I'm posting a painting of a place where I need to go and meditate (painting is my meditation) and bring the blood pressure back down. This was painted after watching Tom Jones paint.


Ann Buckner said...

Deb, this is one of my favorites of yours. Beautiful light and movement.

Deborah A. Léger said...

Thanks Ann. I sure wish I could do landscapes like you, though!!!