The answer was easy, I started blogging to share my art work. I feel very lucky to live in a beautiful place and it is the countryside and the natural surroundings which inspire me to draw. As a teacher it was my job to teach and my own enthusiasm was something that motivated the children in our art lessons. I often meet children I taught and it is always the art work they talk about, memories of lessons drawing fresh fish or making paper or printing, enjoyable art lessons that left a memory. To be a teacher was to pass on skills and encourage others to use their own skills and talents. I share my art work on this blog to do just that and from the lovely comments I am often told I have inspired others to draw.
I am happy to hear this.
BUT, I am feeling very unhappy about the way other people feel they have a right to take my artwork. I have seen lots of my drawings on Pinterest......none of it with any requests or permission from me. One person asked me if she could use it, I did give her permission but also asked her to take one or two, my work is here to view. She then chose not to use any.
I do get requests. I have been asked if it would be possible to use a piece of my work to print on a shirt, (from someone who already taken it as their facebook header), several requests for a body tattoo. Someone wanted it for a business card and company logo, once for wedding stationary and I could go on...... For free, mention a payment and all goes quiet. I could go on.
One person who took my Fritillary drawing and put it on her pinterest, she did add a link back to here, but did not bother to ask. When I found her and went to her blog, a textile student, it was very interesting to read "her work was not to used or taken or used " etc by anyone, which was written under every post. I think that is called double standards, use other peoples work but nobody touch mine.
Well this is MY drawing. All of MY work which I spend a lot of time drawing, it is here to inspire and not to be used freely, not to be copied.
I think the word inspired is misunderstood by many people, they should have written I copied this.
I do not have adverts on this blog, nor do I earn money by people visiting this blog. BUT I am rather fed up of other sites using MY name "Drawingsfromnatureblog" as a means of directing and generating traffic and income to their sites.
MY ART WORK, MY DRAWINGS, MY COPYRIGHT. and ALL RIGHTS ARE RESERVED .
|The wind blowing the sand across the shore|