11Feb/19
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Drawings

Negative Space

I started revisiting learning to see. When I drew the spaces, the blossoms just sort of emerged. This exercise was good for me

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Realistic Dimensionality

After quite a bit of practice I was able to get a pretty good handle on putting a 3-imensional object onto a 2-dimensional drawing paper. It surprised me that they actually are fairly convincing.

 

 

08Feb/19

Trying Acrylics

So I downloaded the beginners guide to acrylics.

I live in a retirement community with a wonderful art room. Several of our residents no longer paint and have donated their supplies.

I gathered up a beginners set of colors and a few brushes. There was even a canvas pad for me to begin some practice work.

Following Will’s instruction I did a couple of studies.

Long and short of it is, I really didn’t like the way it felt on my hands. And although it dried quickly and it was easy to clean up with soap and water, the colors dried quite chalky. It did not have the character of oil paint which I really was after.

The results were so bad I destroyed all the practice work.

I realized quickly that I needed to learn more about drawing.

07Feb/19

But how do we begin this art journey?

Looking at the posts so far it seems that they are starting once the work has progressed quite a bit. It’s always good to start at the start! What about learning to draw before we worry about copyrights. In the next series of posts I will share some of my journey. The internet is amazingly filled with fabulous artists willing to share their extraordinary knowledge with willing students. Last summer I went looking around for skilled teachers I could learn from at a reasonable cost. (read FREE) One of those is England’s Will Kemp. He has a good background at the British Museum and the Tate. He uses simple step-by-step lessons based on Classical painting fundamentals, perfect for the absolute beginner. He offers wonderful instruction for those looking to begin in drawing, acrylic or oils. It’s a good place to learn some classical techniques. And so I did. You can find many free courses on his blog willkempartschool.com.

06Feb/19
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Consider Adding Watermarks To Your Images

A watermark is a logo or name that is placed on top of an image. Watermarks credit you as the artist of your image and it is very difficult for anyone to remove/change this. The one most used is the copyright notice, best known as the C symbol (©), plus the year the work was published, or the abbreviation Copr.

You should also include the year of completion as well as your name in the watermark. It looks like the image above.

 

05Feb/19

Protecting Your Art On Your Website


There’s no doubt that posting your work online can be risky. At the same time, in this increasingly digital art world, online exposure is often critical to an artist’s success. While nothing is foolproof, there are some measures you can take to help protect your art on the web.

Only Publish Small, Low-Resolution Images

A small, low-resolution image simply isn’t worth stealing for most people. However, before you run off to resize all of your images to thumbnails, make sure you do not save them over your high-res images.Once you save an image as small and low-res, you cannot get that file to ever be high resolution again. For all you hold dear, save the web-ready version as a separate file.

Windows or Mac, you can use almost any image-editing software to resize images. From Photoshop to Paint, the process is universally pretty similar. You’ll usually find the “Resize” option under the “Edit” toolbar. Converting to lower resolution can be a little trickier.

04Feb/19

Promotion – Print on Demand

I’m excited to share with you a promotion that fineartAmerica is offering  this month. When you buy any one of the gift items with my art image, you will get a gift certificate on checkout for $100 worth of wine from Naked Wines of Napa California.

These products make fabulous gifts.Take a peek at just a few of the many gifts available.

https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/karlene-ellsworth.html

This link spells out the details of the promotion.

https://fineartamerica.com/winepromotion.html

 

04Feb/19

How to Protect your Art

Always Sign Your Name On Your Work

This is the first step in protecting your art against copyright violation. Adapt the habit of signing all your works, preferably with the year of completion. You must always sign your artwork once it is finished. You could do it discreetly in a corner, or make you signature a part of the artwork. You can also sign the back of the artwork.You must always sign your artwork once it is finished. You could do it discreetly in a corner, or make you signature a part of the artwork. You can also sign the back of the artwork.

Register your work

If you are a well known artist this can be done online with the US Copyright Office of the U.S. Library of Congress. You fill out forms and pay a fee and it takes some time.

Keep Digital Records Of Your Work

A picture is worth a thousand words. Having a digital library of your artwork will save you a lot of hassle in the event of copyright infringement, as you can present this record in court. The great thing about photographs is that their metadata often stores the date that the pictures were taken. A professional photographer can also be used to ensure that two people have evidence to support any copyright infringement cases.

03Feb/19

So what is copyright? And why is it important to me?


One NY city gallery wrote about this back in 2017

For the art world, the internet is a lot like the American frontier: full of opportunity and promise – but also a place to be wary. Today, with just a few clicks, you can share your art with a worldwide audience, meet and acquire new collectors and fans, raise money for your art projects, and make life-long friends. However, along with this convenience comes a whole new wave of dangers and drawbacks, sometimes leaving artists exposed and vulnerable.

For many artists out there, the largest looming nightmare is copyright infringementArt is your craft and your livelihood, and it is a personal investment of your time, money, effort, and soul. Moreover, it is your intellectual property. Protecting your art needs to be a priority. There are a number of ways to help you do this, and we’ve laid them out for you in a quick, simple guide

In layman’s terms, intellectual property is your right to protect your original work while a copyright is established when an original work is created tangibly (not just conceptually). However, unregistered work can often be hard to prove as your own, which is why it is important to keep digital or physical records. If you ever need to take a case to court, think about how well you can demonstrate that you are the creator of the artwork in question.

This is the first step in protecting your art against copyright violation. Adapt the habit of signing all your works, preferably with the year of completion. You must always sign your artwork once it is finished. You could do it discreetly in a corner, or make you signature a part of the artwork. You can also sign the back of the artwork.You must always sign your artwork once it is finished. You could do it discreetly in a corner, or make you signature a part of the artwork. You can also sign the back of the artwork.

Register your work

If you are a well known artist this can be done online with the US Copyright Office of the U.S. Library of Congress. You fill out forms and pay a fee and it takes some time.

Keep Digital Records Of Your Work

A picture is worth a thousand words. Having a digital library of your artwork will save you a lot of hassle in the event of copyright infringement, as you can present this record in court. The great thing about photographs is that their metadata often stores the date that the pictures were taken. A professional photographer can also be used to ensure that two people have evidence to support any copyright infringement cases.

02Feb/19

Today’s Date with WordPress

I finally decided to bite the bullet and set up this WordPress website and blog.

It’s here. I have committed to it. Hopefully your enjoying and learning here.

I have already purchased the website artbykarlene.com on Google sites so I have much to learn about how to transfer that to WordPress.

Boy, all this is really keeping me from painting. Perhaps this gets put away for a day or two while I paint! Goodnight for now.

01Feb/19

How to catalog creations?

I have many of my works catalogued and safely copyrighted on Moi.com.
This is a wonderful Canadian site specifically designed for artists.

Their business model is ‘Pay what you can’. I love that! since I can’t yet pay much.

After I uploaded my creations, they do all the protecting stuff for me.

Moi automatically created a simplistic website for the first 25 of my pieces also for free.

You can see it at

They’ll also automate the linkage to a Shopify.com store. All this is good.

But by the time I pay for the extra website space and the Shopify store I’d be paying a lot each month.

Since I really don’t want to sell, box and mail my art anyway. I spent quite some time looking for another way.

At this time, I am still planning to use Moi.com to do the catalog and the copyrighting.

I have spoken with them about my need to link from Moi.com to Pixels.com. They said they’d look into it. I’m not sure how much bandwidth they have to do it.