Sunday, November 09, 2008

Landscape Echoes 7 and Chinese Counterfeit Paintings

Jan Blencowe

About This Painting: Semi-abstract landscape painting.
Title: Landscape Echoes 7

Media: acrylic
Size: 20 in X 16 in (50.8 cm X 40.6 cm)

Price: $480, unframed on museum quality Raymar Panel, includes shipping and insurance in the USA. Pay safely and easily with a credit card through paypal.

See the rest of the paintings in the Landscape Echoes Series here

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The Landscape Echoes Series continues, with lots of great color statement and palette knife bravado. These are exceptionally intriguing to paint. I try to start with just a concept that usually has to do with color as it relates to time of day or season and a loose idea of place. Then I work very intuitively, usually to music, which may strongly influence the painting. I never know exactly where the painting will go so it's very exciting to watch it develop and make choices along the way that were not planned in advance. There will be more of these!

I had a question in the comments about the meaning of impasto. Impasto is simply applying thick layers of paint to your canvas. It could be done with a brush, but many times is done with a palette knife. When working in oils you might add something like Dorland's Wax to your paint to thicken it up. Since I've been working with the Chroma Interactive acrylics I've been adding their Impasto Gel.

I've benefited a lot from Nita Leland's book The NEW Creative Artist: a guide to developing your creative spirit. I've featured it as the Book of the Month at my on-line bookstore, Best Books for Artists. Here's an excerpt that's helped me move through this series of abstract/semi-abstract landscapes. This is from chapter 6, Abstraction: off the beaten path, p. 126

From Realism to abstraction: Working from a realistic image toward abstraction is a reduction process. Reduce the subject to simple shapes and lines. Eliminate superfluous detail, accenting only the essentials. Stylize the image to emphasize qualities you want to express....Combine many small shapes to make a few large ones. Or as Ed Whitney suggested, design interesting shapes. Arrange these shapes in an interesting composition suggesting a landscape....

BEWARE: Chinese Counterfeit Paintings

You may have noticed the alert in my sidebar a little ways down. This is in response to a horrible incident that happened last week. One of the artists at discovered that a Chinese website was sending out a robot program and coming to the Daily Painters Gallery and stealing images of original paintings done by artists in the Daily Painters Gallery. This Chinese company would then print out the painting in various sizes on canvas and have "artists" repaint them and they would sell them as original paintings. No credit and more importantly NO MONEY going to the original artist. There were 12,000 pages of art that the artists at daily painters had to look through to find the many images from numerous artists that had been stolen. Then the artists had to e-mail the company with the specific identifer of each seperate image and ask that it be removed. Some artists had their lawyers or licensing agents send e-mails also. The aggrevation, frustration and time this took was draining! Artist Manuela Valenti shared this with the other artists at Daily Painters, other artists who are not aware of this problem will find this enlightening, and those of you who buy art should read this as well. It's VERY IMPORTANT.

Chinese Take Away: The Illegal Business of Chinese Counterfeit Paintings
In the business of art there is not only art that we have to deal with I'm afraid. I wish it was just paint and beauty, find wonderful collectors and sell to them directly but is not like that. The business side of the art world is dark and many times disgusting and when engaging in this business we have to be prepared to deal with it. What happened with this particular Chinese sweat-shop is one of the sooooo many things as a business person and artist I've had to deal with ever since I started selling online, 8+ years ago. My advice for anyone who faces bumps on the business of creating art is treat these annoyances as professionally as you would treat a good sale. If you let your soul and your entire life get affected by this kind of situation then you loose as artist, as human and loose tons of money in the process. Know exactly what your rights are before moving a finger, for example you might think many times there is abuse being committed towards you or your art when in reality you might have signed an open agreement with the company and what you consider to be illegal is just plain happening because you didn't read the small font. In business, and this works for any kind of business, emotions have to be left out and as a business person you need to have a cold head to think of the best solution to solve the problem, otherwise find someone else to do it for you.The best way to deal with this situation we just faced is attack it like we just did without making the issue the entire part of our day or week. Of course we get furious, we are humans! and more emotional than anyone else because we are artists, but we have to chill out and think calmly. Find solutions, effective solutions, preferably legal solutions. Talk to others in the business like we did, find other alternatives to solve the problem and act.Chinese sweat shops are a big problem in the art community, have been for years now even before the internet, the internet just made it more open and more frequent, but pretending they are not there or thinking there is nothing we can do because they are on the other side of the world makes the matters even worse as they spread your images to other sweat shops. Chanel, Dior and thousands of other companies have to fight every day against this otherwise they know they will loose more by letting them just exist. Eventually the market will be filled by copies and the originals would barely sell. Big firms know this and is the main reason why they fight back. The same thing happens with us, little business people, solo artists, if we let them run we will see our images in the decor section at walmart. Unfortunately the average Joe doesn't know about this and buys what pleases their eye, and many times they buy copies of other artists directly from the hands of the copycats without knowing what's behind. It is a reality and the only way to prevent it is by opening the eyes of the average Joe with education. Is not easy, but is so worth it.What Edward Gordon proposed is a great thing, based on educating the consumer, one of the strongest tools America counts on, we can help and educate the average on how to recognize when they are been scammed or ripped off. A very well written section on the DP site even mentioning the domains of these websites who are taking advantage of us I think is certainly a positive thing.That been said, we need to be careful. I received an email from the chinese web site a few minutes ago. The site is not down, they just received our warnings and took it down to rework it. Hopefully without our images in them. Just keep your eyes open.


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