As I am ahead in this crazy World Watercolor challenge, I am spending two days posting about other issues.
One is Copyleft or Creative Commons, or Un-copyright (which is discussed in depth on this page, including links to Gwenn Seemel’s Ted-X talk), and how artists are influenced by other artists (which is discussed in the very good video, above, also by Gwenn.) Subscribe to her video talks. They are good!
Because of this great video I am taking a moment to thank the artists who have influenced me in the last two years. Not the ones who steered me toward good materials or a technique — they get thanked too — as much as those that influenced me. Gwenn, for keeping it in my head that I might not want to get dragged into realism tho I was doing a lot of it to learn watercolors and Felix Scheinberger, whose chapter on developing your style is perfectly brilliant. Marc Taro Holmes — you can’t see it, but he has influenced me a good deal. Pat Southern-Pearce, whose journal style is amazing. Rueven Dattner, as I borrowed this idea of using colored ink lines. Sanjeev Joshi, who keeps me loose and playing with layers.
Gwenn is responsible for me looking at copyright two years ago, settling comfortably (mostly) with Creative Commons 4.0, and since, I’ve noticed a few things:
- Most of my favorite blogger artists do not put their names across their images, and make their images a decent size, which to me says “I want you to see my work and I’m not too worried about being ripped off.”
- A few artists I know have been ripped off in various ways — two by having their items created as wall art for a commercial establishment (who immediately took it down, without lawyers, which tells me decorators ripped them off, not the restaurant folks). A couple have had a person post their art on FB as if she did the artwork. (Kind of sad, no?) One of the artists then took to making their images so small, that now I don’t visit the blog very much. When I want to see an artists blog, I want to see how they did what they did — If I love them I want to study them. I don’t want to copy them, but I want to look closely at brushstrokes, color mixing, whatever.
- One of them got so snarky and defensive about the whole thing that it comes across in their writing even still, and is not a pleasure to read.
- And, btw, all of them had copyrights on their work, for all the good it did.
I don’t fault people for Copyright, and I go back and forth on it from time to time. I tend to hit copyright when I have a piece in mind for something else, so I am not quite where Gwenn is in her freedoms.
Anywho, look at her book (which you can buy or read online, free) “You Share Good.”