There's something that's been bugging me for several weeks. I'm not really sure how to address this with tact but if I say nothing it will continue to bother me. Several weeks ago I received this: "Love it!!!!! refreshing I printing a small copy it sits on my studio wall in a jumble of notes an memories" comment on a painting. While I'm sure the writer meant it to be complimentary I was appalled. It seems odd to have to explain this here because so many of ello's bloggers are artists and photographers but I'm not delighted with people making prints of my work for themselves. It's at very least unethical help yourself to a print of an artist's work. You wouldn't expect either free services or goods from any other kind of professional so why would you expect them from an artist. Posting my work does not mean I'm giving anyone carte blanche to reproduce my work. I deserve to be paid when an image I create is used. I'm sure all of you feel the same about your own work. I have to admit I was sort of shocked by the tone-deafness of a person in the arts thinking I'd be glad to have someone gleefully tell me that they cut me out of my own work. It seems to me if you like a piece of art enough to have a copy then the artist deserves to be paid for that copy.
It's not easy to be a young artist. It's worse to be a young unknown artist trying to launch a career in a world still suffering from aftershocks of a global economic crisis. If you actually believe art is important you should support the artists that touch you and by support I mean buy. If you don't there will come a time when that artist will be forced to stop painting or drawing or sculpting or potting. They wont be able to keep buying the paint and paper and canvas and clay. They'll have to get other jobs to eat and have a roof over their head. They wont have time or energy to paint or draw or sculpt. And then there you have it another talent killed in a painful slow and withering way.