I finished up this funky little painting yesterday evening and thought it would be fun to have my Instagram followers help me name it! Head on over to my Instagram account to put in your idea(s) for a title ~ Instagram: @madartstudios
I will choose the name I like best on Thursday and the winner will receive an 8"x10" signed print: can't wait to read everyone's ideas!!
I just listed my newest painting on pixels.com and realized it was my 800th listing there, WoW!! It's times like this that make me realize how prolific I've been over the years and how much more art I can't wait to create. Let's see if I can make it to 1,000 before the year is up!!
"Enjoy Life"© is the most recent listing that I just finished today, it is an abstract, PoP Art style painting that's fun and colorful and would look great in any setting for the home or office. The great thing about pixels.com is that I can create smaller paintings, scan them and then offer them on a variety of sizes, for instance "Enjoy Life" was created on 11"x14" paper and is available up to 60" on prints!! And it can be purchased on phone cases, cards and pillows too, love the options :)
Shown below are some mockups of how the print could look framed and in a room setting (for display purposes only), click on picture to see larger image.
Everywhere I look I'm seeing "The Blues"!! Blue is everywhere right now, especially the stunning combination of cobalt blues and white, whether it's in fashion, art, home decor, you name it it's all about blue.
Some of my favorite pieces of clothing are blue, and I just recently completed a blue and white abstract PoP Art style painting, my subconscious must have been talking to me. And then my dear friend Lisa brought me the MOST Beeeeeauuuuutiful blue Orchid!! I had never seen a blue one and it just takes your breath away, the colors are unbelievable, I could just stare at it for hours on end. And then to top it all off I received the most sparkly blue and gold necklace imaginable from Rocksbox, this is a statement piece for sure, and can be worn with jeans or dressed up for a night out on the town. I need to get my husband to take me out so I can wear it, otherwise I will just have to put it on to go to the grocery store, haha...it NEEDS to be worn!!
With all this blue coming at me from every direction, I knew it was the perfect set up for a new mood board, of which I included some of my "Deep Blue Sea" pixel designs from Deny Designs and found these lovely patterned blue pillows from Wayfair, one of my go to shopping sites for all things home decor.
See below for details on where these items can be found/purchased online.
ROCKSBOX: Rocksbox is a monthly subscription service for jewelry, they send new items monthly after you send back the previous month. They pick selections based on your personal style, and their jewelry is gorgeous!! Use code: aroonxoxo at checkout to get your first month free, courtesy of fashion & lifestyle blogger Aroon Melane.
Deny Designs MADART Collection: I have over 100 images to choose from on a variety of Deny Designs Products, including the trays and mirror shown above, here is a direct link to the "Deep Blue Sea" products.
"Blue Depths": The Original painting "Blue Depths"© is currently available through this site, and Limited Edition prints will also be coming soon!
Wayfair: Here are links to the two throw pillows shown above - Rizzy Home Print Pillow & Haestingas Pillow
One of the pitfalls of an artist that lists and sells on the internet, is the never ending copies of their artwork. I have fallen victim to so many unauthorized copies of my art it's just ridiculous!! I find them through collector's, fans and licensing partners who notify me of possible infringements and I also receive google alerts for my name and specific keywords that alert me of copyright infringements. I can also do specific image searches on Google that will often unearth infringements.
The constant need to police my art can be so very draining at times, but I have come to accept that it's an unfortunate part of the business of the internet these days. Having said that however, it is still wrong and should NOT happen! I follow up on each and every instance of these infringements, which can be very time consuming and frustrating, especially when many of these infringer's are less than cooperative and come up with all kinds of excuses; when there really is no excuse to use someone's art without their permission, especially when it's so very easy to contact artists through the internet.
One of the most common excuses I receive is the infringer saying they were only "Inspired" by my art, and it's not an actual copy because it isn't a direct print out of my art. This however is still NOT okay, only the original creator of a piece of artwork is allowed to create derivative copies, and the 10% rule, or any other percentage rule is not a legal defense. By the 10% rule I mean when someone claims they changed up 10% of an original artwork in some way gets them off the hook...uh, no it doesn't!
It's always so much better, not to mention more artistically rewarding, to create your own unique artwork than to copy someone's else's. I want to show some examples of infringing copies versus art that is inspired by someone else. There is a HUGE difference and it needs to be pointed out to so many artists, some who know what they are doing is wrong and some who innocently don't understand, but need to.
Inspiration can be anything that makes you want to create, whether it be a sunset you see, a painting of a particular scene, a photograph of a distant location, the colors on a butterfly, you name it, inspiration is everywhere! And I am constantly inspired by anything and everything around me. I recently saw this beautiful painting created by Walfrido on his Facebook page of a stunning tropical sunset. I've been a huge fan of his work for many years, mostly because of his subject matter of serene and peaceful ocean/tropical scenes, and his use of color is breathtaking. I instantly felt compelled to create a tropical sunset painting myself, but here is where the inspiration ended and my own unique style and vision came into play, which is how it should be when we are inspired. Inspiration is about seeing something and being moved by it, moved to create something completely new and unique, not about copying the inspiration itself.
Shown above is the inspiration of Walfrido's stunning tropical painting to my PoP Art Style Tropical painting. This is when inspiration works and is NOT a copy or an infringement of another artists work, this is about being emotionally inspired by something someone else created and creating a totally new and unique work of art.
Now, on the flip side of the coin there are paintings that take "inspiration" to a whole different level that IS copyright infringement. Look at the example below, my art is on the left and the copies on the right, the resemblance is too exact to be anything but a direct copy and no inspiration to create something new ever occurred. There is no excuse for this kind of copyright infringement, especially considering these copies were profited from!
I found this infringement some time ago when searching for paint party studios (many of which have a disturbing frequency of copying artists work without permission), and I saw the inset image as shown below labelled "Fall Moonlight" listed on a calendar for a painting class. The image is literally a direct copy of my "Fall Inspiration" painting from 2007 (to the left); I did some more searching and found their Facebook page where the larger image was shown as one of the copies from the class, as it had already occurred. This is a clear cut case of copyright infringement and shows a complete lack of disrespect for artists and the law. There is no inspiration here at all, it's just copying my art and profiting from it, no one asked my permission to use it nor did they offer to compensate me for it. I sent them a cease and desist and they discontinued using it.
The purpose of this blog post is to make people aware of the difference between being inspired by someone else's art and copying art that is a direct violation of copyright law. I hope this is helpful for many of you, and also a post that you can share as reference to anyone who might be confused about the difference. Thank you!!
I'm sure we've all heard of "The Dress" craziness by now, "is it white and gold, or, blue and black"??? The dress that broke the internet as they say...I personally saw white and gold, and I'm sticking to it! But, maybe that was because I've currently been obsessed with all the white and gold trends I've been seeing in Home Decor. Everything from candles, to tableware, glassware, vases, anything and everything!!
So, I thought it would be fun to try my hand at some products with my patterns using only white and gold, and so far I'm loving it! I've created numerous designs and already have two of them available on products, from pillows to phone cases in my Fine Art America gallery.
I wanted to showcase how the two prints created so far could look together in a room setting, as well as on pillows, and also feature some different golden finds I found searching Wayfair, one of THE best sites for home decor shopping :) I found this fabulous Fauxdermy deer head covered in gold leaf, it would be such an amazing piece over a mantel/fireplace! And as you know, I am in the process of completely renovating my new home, so I'm on the lookout for any amazing, contemporary finds. I love, love the look of pendant lights, and when I saw this I was in love...with everything except the price, hahaha!! I need to search and find something within my budget, but this is the look I'm going for...the search is on!