I can’t believe how long it has been since I have bloged but I have been so distracted. Due to several things, Moving my mom’s things from California, the holidays with a house over full with family, finding them a home here and getting them moved in. In the midst of it all I ran into another artist that just doesn’t play nice. She was selling collage sheets with my images (not just vintage images but some I had made) on etsy and was quite nasty with me about it. I think she thought they were just vintage images. Anyway, it just kinda burned me out on sharing to find someone like that. Not only that but someone else accused me of blogging just to sell my images.
I guess I just have to face that fact that every once in a while there is a charlatan in our midst. Having said all that I do have to admit over the years I have met so many wonderful artist. There is something about creating art that draws a certain type of person… my type of person :)) So I came to the mindset that I do want to continue sharing images with all the wonderful artists out there. I started this blog a long time back… well before I started selling my digital artwork. I wanted it to be a place to share my artwork, little snippets of my life and home much as many of you do. The collage sheets were born out of my love for art. As I created images for my own projects I copied them to sheets and shared them with my friends. Several of them pressed me to sell them as well so I gave it a try and found it was a great way to feed my insatiable appetite for art supplies :)) But for me it is not about the money but creating art, as I hope it is for you too. I do try to keep them inexpensive and post lots free images too. That way everyone can play :)
I know that a few of my images are totally vintage images but most of my artwork just looks to be vintage. Most I have created or I have major changes and have been changed enough to retain there own new copyright. For instance, I have used vintage image parts to build my images...a person from one image a background from another, changed faces, changed colors, changed clothing, bodies, arms and legs. If you noticed, unless it is a holiday postcard, most of my "vintage postcards" have no greeting as well. I have done this so that the artist can add their own greetings to fit the piece they are working on. Below is a vintage image that I reworked. The top image can be printed rather large without distortion. However I would not try it with the bottom image.
After and before :))
To elaborate, even on the few that are vintage as the image above, I have spent many hours digitally rebuilding the images. I am sure you would agree a vintage post card with the printing techniques available then would never have the clarity or the ability to print as large as my images do. Many also required extensive repair of any creases, tears scratches and even replacing any missing parts, clarifying them to better than original. Although this one is not really a great example, I am sure you can see. Many hours have gone into producing my digital artwork, these images are my own so I do have to maintain my copyright rights. As a fellow artists I do hope you can respect that.
Have No Fear!
I don't want you to have any reservations about using my images either. So I thought I would go over my copyright with you again :) My copyright states it these images are for hand made items only... So if you are printing the image and incorporating it into your artwork then that artwork is yours to sell. You can photograph that item and blog it as well :) However the copyright does not apply to any mass produced printed products or digital reproductions large enough for printing. It may not be included in any digital download of any kind. They my not be shared with friends or sold to a third party. You can link to them and send your friend here to get them. As I said, I have spent many hours scanning and creating or digitally enhancing each one and I now leave them in your charge please protect them.
Now for a little bit on edict:
So what is public domain. A lot of my images come from my collection of antique papers. And although they are antique images they are not commonly available for download on the internet. Many of my items were started from scans of things that I paid a lot of money to acquire the originals to be able to have the graphics to work with. For instance, I paid over $400 for my vintage Halloween “House Of Fortune” game. So how fair would it be for one person to pay sometimes hundreds of dollars to acquire an image to work with for another to just take it for free? I would like to add that I did not buy it so I would have the graphics to sell. I bout it for my collection and then scanned and reworked it for printing to share it with those who could not afford to buy the originals. I seriously doubt that I will ever make the money back selling the graphics that it cost me to acquire it. Most of us artists do play fair so I really appreciate those who take the time to be sure they have done so :)
I guess in the end I just needed to take a break and get my focus back on the main thing… creating and sharing art. My life got busy and maybe I did get to far off with just posting free images but it really was not just to sell a collage sheet. I did it because I felt a lot of good artists out there looked forward to getting fun images to create with. So I am back :) I am sorry I missed posting all the holiday images that I normally do but maybe I can make up for that these next few weeks :)