Saturday, 2 February 2013
999....But No Emergency!
This week I received a large envelope from Derwent containing three sets of the re-launched Academy watercolour pencils, each with my illustration on it. I never get tired of seeing my work on their packaging, especially with my name printed down the side. It never feels quite real - after years of plugging away at painting and drawing to now be seeing some return is still exciting!
Can I be serious here for a moment? With the global reach of the internet, I get quite a lot of requests to use my work (free) for charity purposes. I'm not one to blow my own trumpet, but in the past I have given pieces of art work, knitted dog sets and allowed the use of my images for appeals. The charities I have donated to have been ones I feel an affinity towards and also have come to me with credentials in hand - links to their websites and details of their proposed useage of my work. Being a well-brought up lady, I hate to say no to anyone, but sometimes it is necessary - if I give all my work away or allow it's use willy-nilly for no financial return (and no guarantee copyright will not be infringed), I will be the one needing charity! Particularly when someone comes to me with no credentials other than just saying they represent a charity - let's face it, I wouldn't hand over a painting to some stranger who knocked at my door wearing a face-mask, having no ID and just telling me that they represent this or that organisation! So, please by all means feel free to ask me to donate my work and time, but please don't get offended if sometimes I say no. It's nothing personal, I just have a living to make and need to protect copyright of my work. Thank you for reading this far, I hope you understand the point I am making.