Art with Cause

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Friday, April 5, 2013

No, it is my intellectual property

I was in a social situation recently... meeting new people... having a good time..
Much of the conversation in the small group was typical "glad to make your acquaintance" type conversation:
First name? Jessica,
Do for a living? Office manager at a law firm
...and this is inevitably when someone in the group who already knows me says - But she is an artist, she works in an office just for extra money (well, to pay the bills because people do not support the arts like they should - because people think what I do is easy and not hard work and they think I should just give it away and not pay for it... sorry, this post might be a little rant!)

This one person in the group, was just a little 'off' to me... I can't say what it was, but I found that I had my guard up with her - but not with anyone else. (let's call her creepy girl - for lack of my ability to call her anything nicer)

So Creepy Girl perks up when she heard I was an artist and says; "YOU must draw me a picture!"
I pause before answering - there are potential buyers in every group - I need to choose my words carefully.
Creepy Girl continues: "I can pay you! Draw me a wizard."

I am still quietly thinking  -  but now I am thinking about something else:
  • On one of my terrible dates over this past year, I had one man tell me I must give him a blow job. (I don't do as I am told - just ask my mother.) As I started to steam inside and he knew I was going to say no - he must have thought he could sweeten the deal with: "I'll pay you."  At that point, I pulled out of my purse enough money to cover my meal (we were at a restaurant), and put it on the table, I stood up, and pulled my coat from off the back of my chair... And obviously misjudging my calm, quiet, and deliberate moves he says: "blow me... (and starts to describe how he wants it done - which I will spare you the details of)" Coat on - and I walked out the door. I never looked back. 
Creepy girl must have kept talking - heck she didn't stop talking the whole night. But I sat there comparing her request to a man requesting I play the role of a cheep prostitute. It gave me the same feeling.

So finally I said to her: I do not draw wizards - I have a portfolio of original art work you can choose from in a large price range - would you like to see my portfolio?
She wants a wizard - she thinks I am ignorant for missing the fact that she wants a wizard. I didn't miss it - I don't draw or paint wizards.She says she'll commission me to draw her a wizard. I said "great, we will set up a formal meeting time with my portfolio and my commission contract and we'll make it official - when is good for you?" and I swiped the screen of my phone to schedule her in.  I have never met a real art buyer who backed out of such an offer. (maybe they back out when discussing my abilities, styles, vision, and it doesn't work with their desired outcome - maybe they back out when they want a mural size painting that will take me 12 months and I tell them my price - but no one turns down the first meeting, except those people who want something for nothing.)

Its like I am a lil circus freak who can do a neat trick for their entertainment. (oh don't get me started about circus freaks!!!)

Eventually, the conversation moves on and she never schedules a meeting... but then she says to me: "So you work in a law office? I think I need a lawyer." (In my head I am thinking "ooo boy! here we go..." insert rolling eyes here) and, as was her usual conversational pattern, she continued speaking before I verbalized a response. "So I commissioned another artist to draw me a wizard - I ask every artist I meet, I collect them - and now she is selling cups and t-shirts with MY drawing on them."
"ok - so why do you need a lawyer?" Holy cow!! I got out a response!!!
"Because I commissioned it - I own it and the rights to it. She cannot continue to use it. I have even tried to get it copyrighted but I don't have all the answers about it to have it done and she won't give me the answers. It is mine now and I don't want her using it...." and on and on - without taking a breath.
It was fine that she carried on - my brain was exploding! I needed a minute!! She was trying to copyright someone's art work?! She was... wait... what?! owww my head hurts. where do I even begin???

"First - the law office I work in does not do IP law. You'll have to google search for an Intellectual Property Lawyer.  Second - I DO NOT KNOW THE LAW AND I AM NOT IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM GIVING YOU ANY LEGAL ADVICE. Let me repeat that: I DO NOT KNOW THE LAW AND I AM NOT IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM GIVING YOU ANY LEGAL ADVICE. So what I am about to say is my personal opinion, do you understand that? {she nods her head} Good what did I say?"
(well, I can't be too careful here, I am dealing with an idiot!) Once she repeats it back and I am sure she understands that she is not getting any legal advice... I say, "So you commissioned the artwork and the copyright? Do you have a contract?"
Creepy girl says, "Yes, and I have all the emails we exchanged. I said I was buying the artwork - So I get the copyright too."
So I try to explain that if someone buys one of my original works, I still own the copyright and can still mass produce the image unless my written contract explicitly restricts me. The more popular the image is, it increases in value. So the more any artist sells the reproduction, the more the original work is worth. So she should be happy her purchase is increasing in value. The work is still the intellectual property of the artist who created it.
She looked at me dazed... then she looked kinda angry... (why do I bother trying to explain things?)
She wants it because she wants to sell reproductions of it. She says it is her intellectual property because she thought of it and told the artist what to draw.
So I kindly told her to look for a lawyer who specializes in IP law and see if they can help her.
Not that anyone could.

Why don't people understand? Why? why? why?  My artwork is mine. Please pay for it - so I can make more.
ugh - it makes me want to crawl under a rock and hide there forever.

Side note reminder... all the artwork posted on this site is protected by copyright law. I would appreciate if you would purchase the art work and not steal it. I can, and have taken legal action against those who break the law. I hate to have to do it - I hate that part of being an artist - but it is necessary.  And to those of you who follow me regularly, and support me emotionally, and buy my art - Thank you!

Clip art is NOT a Jessica Murray Original

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Peonies and Mrs. Merian

Well! Imagine my surprise this morning when I logged onto the internet and Google had a tribute to Maria Sibylla Merian!! I love her drawings! For the last few months I have been working on a drawing inspired by her - mine is of peonies and, and, and something ________________... well, that would be why I am still working on it - I had dragonflies, erased them and put in monarchs, erased them and put in cicadas, erased them and put in crows, erased them and put in.... had to start fresh and redraw the peonies....  I also tried pairing the flowers with guitars, or shells, or keys, or feathers, or even a hot-air balloon... Just haven't found the right combination yet.
I don't know if she ever drew peonies - but I love them so I drew them.
I hope I can finish it sometime soon so I can show you all. 

In the mean time, here is one of her works:
Artwork: Maria Sibylla Merian "Cotton Rose" 1705

Not a Jessica Murray original

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

More!? Might get me into trouble

My motto for the year: MORE
It might get me into trouble - into an adventure of a life time - into a place unknown

Time for more!!!
I am in great need of an adventure!!!
images are not Jessica Murray originals.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

More pin-up girl

The pin-up girl photo session was fun. Here are a couple more of the photos. The photo editing was a blast! Really enjoying this new editing program! Some most of the editing went away from making the photos look painted and old and like a pin-up girl...  (to see the others go to my LAST BLOG POST)

Had to crop this one down - too much 'pin-up' for my pg13 blog...

 Just having fun with the same picture and the editing software...

Oh yea, we were doing"Pin-Up Girl" theme - almost forgot...
(and a little bit of tattoo removal!)

You might remember this process... from photo to block printing...
this time on some old cement. But sadly, the ink won't hold and I can't add paint - so this one gets photographed then tossed in the trash.
The good news... I made a block print! So re-inking and laying it our on paper or canvas, 
let's do this again! Yay!!
I am looking forward to this as a painting. 

Please note: photos were taken by Katy - photo editing was partially done by Katy 
and partially done by me - this was a combined project (see I do work well with others, lol).
To see more of Katy's solo works, she can be found on Facebook: The Vintage Owl Photography
Please "Like" her on Facebook.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Pin-Up Girls!

Here is the first couple photos from the "Pin-Up Girl" shoot!!!
... Edited to look like paintings (Yes, I know they look over edited... they are supposed to.... How many times must I remind my photog friends that I am NOT a photographer!! I AM AN ARTIST and we can over edit if we want to! Ha!)

HUGE Thank yous and lots of love to the lady behind the camera, Katy!! - Thank you for clicking the shot, thank you for playing with me on this adventure, and thank you for giving me the digital files to over edit create art with! And where did you get that lipstick?! Wow, I was still wearing it this morning! Now, that is lasting! :)

And a super special thank you to (the famous) Auntie for providing a wonderful photography studio and props!!!

And finally - THANK YOU B!!!! Again, you rock! That photo-editing thingy (hope I am not being to techie with my verbiage) was amazing!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!! I think this blog may join the many others by dedicating an entire post to its praises!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Dating, wine, biceps, and a wonderful weekend

Since I have been single for about a year - I have had a crash course in modern dating. It is different from what it was just a few years back - and more obvious: I AM DIFFERENT.

I know this is a blog about art and inspiration (and more specifically my artistic journey) but today's post is about dating. Which I, of course, approach in an extremely creative way.  And since my love life does affect my creativity and inspiration, I suppose it is worth sharing. 

I know I am not the most attractive girl in the universe, and maybe I shouldn’t question why but men do hit on me. It is difficult to be open-minded and give them all a chance (hate to blow off the one who might rock my world).  Mostly difficult because there is not enough days in the week or time in the day to date!  And when multiple guys ask you out the same day (no more of this online dating site stuff! its insane!), then you have to see a different one each day of the week and keep them all straight in your head and keep the conversation and momentum going – judging who might need more reassurance and who you can skip a day with.  All while new guys meet you and/or ask you out and you keep adding to the mix and letting select ones fall off the map (I will admit for over a month I have dropped the ball on most of them – Just was too much to keep up with!)  Some guys just don’t call or txt back at some point and I don’t chase them, too busy - I really don’t have the time. Some guys just don’t get a call back from me – they fall too far down in my messages and I forget to scroll down and see what else might be left un-responded to. Although a couple guys have stood out in my mind and I have called and txt’d as well as waiting for them.  

Anyway – it is an interesting problem. Too many men and not enough of me!
So I went on a date this weekend – with this guy, it would be date number… hum, I have lost count. We spent the day together doing rather low key things, because I am still coughing my fool head off.  But while we were at lunch at a restaurant – one waiter kept looking at me, smiling and nodding – really dude? Are your balls made of brass? Trying to flirt with me while I am on a date? (Don't get me wrong - I love the attention, and love being looked at - But don't try to flirt when I am with another man!) So I took my date by the hands and refused to look away from him for the remainder of the meal, hope’n the waiter would get the hint. Just before we left I excused myself to use the restroom and the waiter came over to me and introduced himself. Sigh… ok dude listen – First of all I have to pee! I am not interested, I am on a date, I am not feeling well (can’t you see I look like crap!) and quite frankly I have no more room in my life for hot dudes who think they have brass balls: My quota of ZERO is currently full!!! (and my patience with this stereotype has worn thin – yes you are hot, yes you have nice things, yes you’re a naughty lil bad boy who should be spanked – but I am not the one to do it! I have grown bored with it all.) Besides the man I was with has a quiet resolve - no ego loaded, fool-hearty, self proclaimed stud could even compete.

So back to my date...  Later we went to a wine store where he told me to let him know if I saw anything I wanted – immediately I pointed out that I saw him and wanted him (corny, yes – but truthful; I am crushing on this guy a lil bit).  So he took me by the hand and led me around. At some point he let go of my hand. I am not sure why, I am not sure when – but dude, don’t let go of me when in public!! My date walked away from the rack we were looking at before me. 

I turned to catch up (he was just a few steps ahead of me) my path was suddenly blocked. A stock boy stepped right in front of me while watching me and stood in my way with his bulging bicep right at eye level while he held the case of wine. (yes, it was a beautiful bicep) He said “I blocked you, didn’t I?” and smirked. I said ‘yes, I need to catch up to my date’. He said “Date? I am sorry. But you know where I work if you ever want to find me.” And he put down the box and pointed at his name tag.  I have no idea what his name was, maybe it was ‘Bicep’? I don't even know what he looks like - I can't even remember if I even looked at him or not.

I found my date, lost in thought, in the German Rieslings a few feet down the row anxious to share his knowledge of those wines, whenever I stopped fooling around looking for a shiraz, which he actually had to find for me. 
We agreed on a ginger/white grape wine to go with dinner (which he was planning to make for me) and had a wonderful afternoon and evening.  By the way, my date has a broad chest, beautiful eyes, and his arms are strong (and magical when he wraps them around me). Mr. Bicep is no match for the man I was with. 

Moral of the story: if a dude is into me – he needs to realize he is competing with other guys… don’t let them distract me... and don't let go of me so I get hit on! (giggles)  

It is an old Buddhist proverb, which I can’t find right now but will paraphrase: 
If there is something you find that you want, 
someone else will have the same tastes and want it too. 

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