Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My watermarked image is being used by a seller on Amazon

well the saga continues
after a dmca notice to Amazon
after it was supposed to be removed
after asking Amazon UK why it wasn't removed 
after the company increased the price
then I find this
YEP, the company is using my OWN watermarked image on their listing.   
Their explanation in regards to the original listing is that they found it
on facebook.
oh and they never sold any of the art, they say ;) Really that is beside the point, but it does beg the question why they even keep putting it up for sale on Amazon and their websites around the world.
 The spin art that keeps spinning and making ya'll dizzy.
Wheeeeeeeeeeeee, let me off this ride!

Just a wee note
the fair use disclaimer on the company website doesn't legally cut it

on a commercial website selling copies of current artists work. 

thank you Amazon UK
listing is now removed

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fence Art Gallery in Yellow Springs, Ohio

The YS Arts Council started getting the panels up yesterday and it is looking fantastic. I decided to call my troll painting "morris" (as per KAOS Queen's suggestion) and he is happily hanging around on Xenia Ave along with the rest :)  My sponsor  is the gallery that represents me ♥ "would you, could you," IN A FRAME. Thank you Sheryl for your continued support. 

April Group Show
 Waiting for Spring Blossoms
Opening Reception Friday April 18th, 2014 

More info coming soon
but it will include a troll painting ;)

I've gotten a lot of mileage out of this little troll doll my mum ♥ bought me. Been photographed, painted, and embroidered.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Behind the Camera

I've been exploring how I can take photographs for the POWA! Project that shows a time,a place or mood fitting with the theme of the blog. It's going slow, partly because we (Nancy and I) are waiting on a grant application (woo hoo, just heard we got the grant), and a need NOT to rush it along.
In the meantime I thought I would apply the same approach to deconstructing one of my own photographs as a good exercise. I have done some nice photographs in the past, which I would call happy accidents. Taking the time to really ask before I go out the door with the camera what is it I want to say with my photographs is a different kettle of fish.
I tried that with the Rainy Day Series of photographs in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Camera Model: Iphone
Backstory: you can read about it on the Rainy Day Series link.
Preparation for the Shoot: remembering to take my brolly
Challenges: NOT dropping my flipping phone, seriously, iphones are already slick enough without the help of rain.

Thoughts behind these photographs: 
I wanted to convey the grey wet Ohio day, and there was something about the  bright balloons waving around in the breeze that appealed to the child in me. I used photoshop to alter the background and make it fuzzy black and white.  Not sure if it gives anyone the sense of place, but perhaps it does in regards to main street America? 
Keith's Alley 
I just loved how even with paint peeling and  the dilapidated building, the old graffiti and rain made the colours just POP. 

I didn't plan it this way, but all in all I think many of the photographs I took that day were about colour. It is one of the things I love about this quirky little village in the middle of Ohio.

Photo Tips
20 questions to ask yourself 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Nature Morte

In the studio Nature Morte

So I joined the Instagram crowd and I had this inner dialogue Monday with the muses babbling away about the millions of photos  on there.  Can I make my images interesting?  Can I make the ordinary extraordinary? Artists paint a simple banana or take a photograph and make it so interesting. Can I do the same?  I don't know if I succeeded, but I gave it a good try. 

I have always adored the Dutch Masters and was inspired by the amazing photography of Guido Mocafico showcased on Model's Own. I know, you would think I could have ironed the lace, right?  It was intentional, something about the crumpled look with a torn bit showing worked for me. 

Anyway BACK to Bananas
I thought this story was cute and I am sure his daughter enjoys all the banana art.

Top Banana Keisuke Yamada And His Incredible Banana Art

Wednesday, April 09, 2014


I love that name Succubus, the seducer,and so fitting for my clay rabbit. Sucking on a fag, no worries, no hurries, just sitting there on my shelf mocking me. Suck! suck! suck! in that smoke, oooooooooooooo yeh! I don't smoke now, quit many moons ago, but I still miss sitting in my studio puffing on a ciggie and soaking in the studio work of the day.
My fave cigarettes, Sobranie Black Russian.

Oh well! 
Time to get in the studio with a cup of tea.