A Grumpy Owl for a Slightly Grumpy Post
I'm still hard at work on canvases for my show. The official opening is this Friday evening but the bulk of the work went up last week. Today I'm working on making business cards, finishing up six small pieces, updating the price list, making price tags, and making a sign for the show's title. Once the opening is over, life will hopefully settle down into the regular sort of crazy busy that I'm used to...at least until I need to start on work for a January show.
Unfortunately, theft is a part of being an artist and there are a select few who will steal even if the copyright is staring them in the face. It happens and it sucks but I am choosing to focus on a positive, proactive approach. I'm going to audit all of my own pins to make sure I have proper acknowledgement on each one or otherwise remove the image that I cannot link to a direct source. Whenever possible, I am going to try to comment on pins of my work if credit is missing. I'm going to watermark all my photos so in the very least, a copyright notice is embedded in work that is pinned improperly. However, I'm not going to spend a bunch of time of this; I've got better things to do...like make more art!
Author's Edit: One last comment/clarification: I believe that 99.999% of people who don't use a direct link and/or attribution to a pin are totally and completely well-meaning in their pinning. We all live busy lives and Pinterest makes it so easy and fast to develop a bangin' digital bulletin board that I think all this attribution business gets overlooked in the joy of the pinning process. It happens. I've done that too. However, every time someone takes that extra minute to give credit to an artist that inspires, that artist's career and passion is validated and protected. And that makes the world a better place. Period. Please keep visiting and keep pinning things you find here that fan the sparks of artistic longings in your own heart. That's why I do this.