Canvas prints and a copyright reminder for artists

The internet is a wonderful tool for artists and art admirers, and something that’s been indispensable to my business as a self-taught artist.  However, it has its downsides, as it’s come to my attention recently that unauthorized copies of my paintings are being sold overseas.   I don’t want to link to them, but here are a few examples of places my work is being sold without my permission:

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I’ve filed copyright infringement notices with Google, and I heard back from them today that they will be removing the site’s links.

If you’re an art buyer interested in my work, be aware that authorized prints are only sold via my website and my Etsy store, not through any other vendors.  These unauthorized prints are being made with low-res web quality images.  If you see any unauthorized uses of my images out there, please contact me.

For other artists, this is a good reminder never to post the high-res images of your work.  As you can see, watermarks can be digitally removed or changed, so keep your images small on the web, and don’t upload your master copies (fortunately, I never do).

On a positive note, I have really been enjoying the canvas prints made by my local printer in Santa Ana – they keep getting more vivid and realistic.  I bought a few for our house to replace favorite originals that I’ve sold, and I love them.  Check it out:

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These are the two different canvas depths that they make.  My standard prints are in the thicker 1.5″ depth, but I like the shallower depth for small prints like this 11″ x 14″.  Check out canvas prints in my Etsy store.  I’m adding new images all the time, so let me know if there are any you’d like to see as canvas prints, or if you’re looking for a custom size.

Original paintings now in the Etsy shop

I currently have 15 of my original paintings on display at Red Rock Coffee in Mountain View, CA, which will be there until mid December. This week, I’ve been adding originals to my Etsy shop, which formerly only sold prints. I’ll continue adding more next week, but here are a few of the originals that are in there now:

Check my shop for the original paintings,  or as always you can order canvas prints or digital prints. I’ve been getting a lot of requests to add images and sizes to the store.  As always, if you see a size or image that’s not listed, just contact me and I’d be happy to customize.  I have my canvas prints made locally in California and I love them.  Check it out:

Photos of my Canvas Prints

I spent today unpacking a few canvas prints I ordered for a fundraiser auction, and thought I’d take some photos of them.  I’ve been selling canvas prints for a while through my Etsy store and my website, and I have them made by a professional lab.  I’m always a little taken aback when I open the box and see how much they look like my originals!  I put the captions on these for my Etsy store photos so that people know it’s a print.

My current most popular tent painting, Wonder, in the Etsy Store.  This one is currently in a juried exhibition in Palo Alto:

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My personal favorite, starry night painting Beyond, in the Etsy Store:

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From my sunrise painting, Glory (also check out the video) in the Etsy Store:

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My professional printer does them with “mirror edges” to make it look like the image wraps around back, similar to the way I paint the edges of my originals for display.  The canvas is ready to hang without a frame, and comes with the hanging hardware attached.

I love having this option for my collectors as well as for myself – it’s easier to sell one of my favorite originals if I know I can keep a good quality print.