Monday, July 21, 2014

new size for photos

So many people are requesting photos in a larger size.
This one turned out beautifully!

16" x 20"
 in the shop

Sunday, July 20, 2014


new original watercolor 
8" x 10"
in the shop

Friday, July 18, 2014

recommend this one

I finished this book and could not start another for awhile.
It really stayed with me.
The novel takes place during the Chechen War.
Not a light read, but a beautifully written book.

Loved this one!

What a perfect summer read!
A romantic comedy with characters that you'll love and cheer for. 
 I couldn't put it down.

Monday, July 14, 2014

in one week

So, after a week of digging deep into the internet,
 much of the thanks going to my daughter who helped tremendously
 we have work taken down from offending sites, 
more artists notified that Noteable Expressions just "loved" their work, 
and 4 apologies from companies and graphic thieves, I mean designers.

Noteable Expressions is NOT one of those apologies, but her inventory selection is WAY down. Needless to say, the most beautiful of her "designs" are MISSING!
Go Artists!

Thanks for the support and kind words from the few of you who read this blog.  
It was very much appreciated.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

this is my peony

This is my peony.
I painted this peony is 1999, 
on vacation, at a kitchen table in Ocean City, NJ.

This is MY peony.

It is not your peony to use in products you are "designing".
It is not for your wedding products, your packaging labels,
your avatars, your "designer" pillows,
your coupons, your links to porn,
or your poetry page.

I have found MY peony in all those places.

This is my peony that I now have to cover with watermarks because my
signature was cropped off.  That did not make it yours.
It is My peony.

I am a watercolor artist and this is my peony.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Order is restored

Zazzle removed all my images from the shop site.  
I found one more today on her web page and sent the link saying TAKE IT DOWN.  
Within an hour it was down.
She had also pinned my design to Pinterest to promote her products.  I commented on
that pin that it was MY work and was stolen.  The pin disappeared from her board just like that!
I hope the Zazzle seller had a miserable two days and has learned not to lift other people's work, 
but I somehow doubt it.

I found that another person had also used the same image,
an art director in Turkey! It was part of his/her portfolio of packaging examples.
I contacted the host company and now that work has been removed as well.

Artists: watermark EVERYTHING!  Your signature is not enough.
Reverse search your images regularly.
Thank you Kathleen for that information!

I have an Eiffel Tower snowglobe picture on my blog that I took and 
Photo-Shopped out my reflection.  When I reverse searched that it showed 
up all over the internet, including the Psychology Today web site.
I didn't watermark it at the time, but did later.  
The original image got used over and over again.