COPYRIGHT

last year . . .

I was commissioned to design the covers of two ‘Create Space’ children’s books for an author ‘friend’. She did not want to buy copyright. Neither did she want to have the copyright symbol on the artworks despite my insistence that she did. I gave her a list of ‘permission of use’ with the copyright symbol on the design. She told me her writers’ association said the symbol didn’t have to be on the front cover of the book. 

Without permission and without symbol, the cover design was e mailed to the organiser of a local writers’ festival to use as publicity posters.

Troubled by the authors repeated failure to do as requested, I spoke to a librarian who, by chance, knew ‘Create Space’ Copyright rules. I had never used them. Any author using Create Space had to own and sign to owning ‘all rights’. Which she didn’t.

Everything fell into place, she’d tried to hide what she’d done from me, Create Space and any fellow author who knew the rules. When I questioned the author about this, she threatened me with ‘possible harassment’, which I saw for exactly what it was. She’d been found out and didn’t like it.

I took legal advice. The following information may be helpful to anyone who experiences copyright infringement – 

We can confirm that the author infringed your copyright / moral rights to be credited as the author.

You can certainly ask her to delete all the artwork you sent her and ask her to destroy all the remaining books featuring your artwork. As you are in control of your copyright and she is in breach of the contract you agreed you have a right to ask her. She may not comply with your requests – in this case, you may consider next steps.
You can of course share the results of your investigations with the librarian.
We will keep this enquiry open for now just in case you have further questions or the other party doesn’t react.

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An unhappy experience which taught me a lot, not only about Copyright Law.

Painting Pets

I have painted pets’ portraits, mostly dogs, cats; prize flowers, gardens and houses, children and parents.

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Preparatory pencil drawing for an oil painting.

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Poppy in the Garden

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Peter                                                         Danny

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Apple Orchard in Spring

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Wedding Bouquet

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Animation Third Week

Using what I have learned so far and having bought plasticine, I decided to do a ‘proper job’.

1. made three plasticine figures thinking of character and plot

2. made a ‘set’ – cardboard box, backdrop drawn in charcoal, photographed, edited on photoshop, printed, stuck in cardboard box. Background

3, Practise run – camera lens had too ‘wide’ a view so, bigger set needed next time, plasticine collapsing

4, put figures in fridge to ‘chill’ PLAN – use digitization, stop-go all in real 3D

5. applied LIGHTING, removed figures from fridge, still falling and bending, used wire as armature, made fat feet. This worked . . . just

6. MOVED CAMERA while filming set in DIGITIZATION, switched to STOP-GO for action changing camera POSITION twice.

7. Edited out several frames in Vimeo

8. https://vimeo.com/152797426

 

 

New Computer, New Post

I was forced to buy a new computer when my 12 year old laptop with XP expired. At last I have a slightly less uneasy relationship with the new hp and windows 8 (I am informed that following so many dissatisfied users, the flashy sharp-as-a-pin w8 may be updated to w10 for free, this autumn). So . . . my first post in ages.

Work Ethic Art It’s an emotional impossibility for me to do a job I don’t like, as in ‘job for money’. The cake factory for example, I ended up throwing slabs of walnut cake onto the conveyor belt knowing they would end up on the floor because the factory worker further down the production line and in charge of the go/stop switch was incapable of understanding what she was doing. She was switched on ‘full’ all the time. Then postal delivery; small, overburdened and blistered from here to there, I didn’t like the man who shouted at me for being late or the snappy dog who wouldn’t let me in the gate. I lasted 3 days. And the department store between school and college, I survived 4 weeks, time enough to pay for my keep and buy an acoustic guitar with the rest. I couldn’t keep up with the family ‘work ethic’, I had proper work to do in preparation for my first year at art school . . . drawing. Brush and sepia ink, Had a prize for it too; ‘Cart in a Barn’.

My soul on demand . . . can’t do it.

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Decorating the Dolls’ House

Exciting prospect; decorating a plain, wooden dolls’ house. This would have to be done before it was assembled.

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Front aspect with white window frames and eucre overhangs. I ‘assembled’ the structure to get an idea of what it might look like.

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And decided to download free wallpaper; www.jenniferprintables.com s6rather than buy children4adhesive. Tip: spray prints with hairspray to fix the colour. PVC glue adhesive. I slid the back of the house in place and marked out the rooms in pencil for the positioning of the wallpaper.

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I worked out how to hang curtains while resting one afternoon; tiny metal eyes (prized from the attached picture-hanging rings), shirring elastic, a needle-threader and wooden beads. This will enable a change of curtains in the future. And a roller blind for the bathroom. That’s what having a rest can achieve!

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I painted the plain wooden furniture and hung prints and paintings on the walls, these range from Picasso, to Rupert the bear with family photographs in between.

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s71 With no time to make dolls, I bought a set from ‘Wooden it be Lovely’.

Decorating the dolls’ house has\taken me a full-time week to complete and I have enjoyed every second.

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VIEWS of LONDON

                                  South Bank                                                                         

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                                         Hungerford Bridge

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                                  Liverpool Street

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blog5   Bliss

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In Praise of FATNESS in Women

 

 

Sunday morning watching TV at breakfast. Football news is on with the sound off, a footballer is having a paddy on the grass, I’m waiting for to weather even though I can see it through the window, now – a fat woman with impressive hips, I saw one yesterday in town whose hips were amazing. Seems to be a big down on fat. I make a sudden resolution – no more news! There it’s done.

 

Here are two views on FAT which differ from TV news where opinions are bundled and dished up, ‘fat accumplee’.  One view of ABUNDANCE encapsulated in an iron age statue could be a woman today, seen clothed,  walking around, shopping, chatting, taking care of children, sculpting, painting, writing playing the cello, singing . . .

Venus of Willendorf

The Venus of Willendorf is a 4.25-inch (10.8 cm) high statuette of a fertile, female figure, estimated variously between 28,000 and 20,000 BC, or 30,00 – 27,000 BC. It is carved from oolitic limestone, and was covered with red ochre when found in Lower Austria, 1908.

 Another view of such MAGNIFICENCE is created in a fairy story, (keeper of the soul). 

The Butterfly Woman

La Mariposa  is old, very, very old. one of her shoulders is bare she is wrapped in cloth of red and black. Her body is heavy and she has tiny feet. She is the butterfly woman arrived to strengthen the weak. she is that which most of us think of as not strong; age, the butterfly, the feminine.

Butterfly woman’s hair reaches to the ground, thick and stone grey. Her hips are two baskets and the fleshy top of her buttocks is wide enough to ride two children. She dances and waves a fan of feathers, spreading the earth with the pollinating spirit of the butterfly.

Her shell bracelets rattle like snake, the bells on her garters tinkle like rain. In one breast is the thunderworld, the underworld in the other. her back is the curve of planet earth the back of her neck carries the sunrise and the sunset. Her belly holds all the babies that will ever be born.

Butterfly woman cross-fertilises, the soul with dreams, the mundane world, she takes a little here, puts a little there. She transforms. A little is enough.

‘Women Who Run with the Wolves’; Clarissa Pinkola Estes; (Rider Books)

‘There is no ‘supposed to be’ in bodies. Does it have happiness, joy, can it move in its own way? Dance, step, wiggle?’

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Winchester Writers’ Festival 2014

 

 

Winchester Writers' Festival 2014

Winchester Writers’ Festival 2014

 

I was pleased and surprised to receive feedback by e mail from the literary agent I didn’t stay to see at the Winchester Writers’ Festival. It was good feedback, most useful and insightful of all, I wish I had been well enough to meet her. But on the plus side, I do have all feedback in e mail, better than my half-remembered scribbled notes.

 And yes! she wants to read the whole thing – after some of the character and back- story details are brought to the beginning. My novel, ‘ASH WEDNESDAY’, a working title,  was begun in 2008, during OU study within guidelines which appealed to maximum marks for the final assignment. It achieved ‘distinction.’ ‘Begin in media res’, had been the current advice. I took another year to complete the novel and I have since written another. No longer obliged to conform to certain O.U. guidelines, and with much more writing experience, I have become a better writer.

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It will be a challenge to apply my writing experience to a protagonist who may well have become very different from 6 years ago. I shall be able to concentrate solely on the art of writing since my initial draft is heavily illustrated.

 Now to reacquaint myself . . .angela12 022

PS – the Forensic Medicine book as recommended by . . . her name escapes me, at the Festival and which I bought for a few pounds from Blackwells, I had to leave open on a cookery book stand in the conservatory because the previous owner had been a heavy smoker. I glimpsed an image, had nightmares and threw the book in the dustbin first thing the next morning. Memoirs of a forensic psychologist was interesting but I did have to miss out the paragraphs which described violence in detail. That was a library book.

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