Tuesday, February 17, 2009

. . . did other things




besides art. . . can you imagine? There are actually other things to do? I didn't completely avoid the studio and finished straightening it up, cleaned some brushes and tools, rearranged and puttered. Flicked some paint here and there, added some color, and just generally fretted and fussed until my brother and sister-in-law showed up. Vickie brought me a big bowl of chicken and dumplings. . . exceptionally good. I wish my brother Steve lived next door. . . he kept finding little things to do around the house, like reconnecting a gutter downspout, taking down a Christmas wreath (I know, I know, it's a bit late, but it was way up high and I kept forgetting about it); he would be handy to have around, plus he's amusing. . . just big funny 55-year-old kid.


So instead of art on canvas or paper, I'm showing you a digital collage I created, with Picasa, a long time ago. I can't even remember where I got the cell-like image, but the background is from a photograph I took. After reading on various website about the American Watercolor Society's controversy over the use of stock photographs as the basis for paintings, I'm a bit wigged out. . . but I don't use stock photos for anything that I would attempt to sell, and I don't enter art contests, so I think I'm pretty much in the clear.

6 comments:

Jazz said...

I think you're pretty much in the clear too...

But aren't stock photos copyright free?

Mary Buek said...

Jazz, oddly enough, according to what I have read, the copyright stays with the photographer. Free stock photos apparently can be used on things like websites and corporate promotional items, but not art that is to be resold. The artist who paints from a stock photo cannot copyright the work. The AWS has changed its rules to say that any entry in its contests must be "copyrightable". . . not sure that's a word, but that's the idea. I'm sorry I couldn't find the link back to where I read all this. I think it started with a post on Nita Leland's blog, though.

Martha Marshall said...

Great image, Mary!

I used to buy stock photos for ads for a company I worked for, but that was all. Right now I'm amassing a huge collection of great magazine pictures and big text, etc. If I use them in collage, they will be unrecognizable by the time I'm finished with them.

Mary Buek said...

Martha, I can't wait to see your collages made from the magazine images. I know you will give them your own inimitable touch. Glad you stopped by.

Regina said...

Love your image. Oh, that old copyright thing is a stinker. As long as we're just entertaining ourselves, it's not really an issue. Art societies will often have rules that are stricter than law. I belong to a state-wide group that is extremely strict about sources. That way there's no controversy about stock images, etc. I purposely stay away from much collage for my "serious" art so that I don't disqualify a piece in case I decide to enter it in competition.

Mary Buek said...

Regina, I use my own photographs for lots of things. That way there is absolutely no question.