Well, what an interesting turn of events the last 24 hours have wrought since my post about having my artwork copied!
I am no longer upset - at the moment I am furious!
Since yesterday's post, I have had a number of friends who are all on Blogger and Twitter get in touch with me via email to let me know of a few etsy listings with 'owl' pendants which have turned up on etsy 48 hours after my owl painting post here on blogger. The owl painting wasn't even the one I was referring to in my yesterdays post, this is another painting! At the time, they remember thinking that it may have been my pendants for sale, until they realised it was someone else selling copies of my designs. I obviously do not follow these 'parasites' therefore I would not know what listings they have on etsy - these firends have told me they would try and find the listings and provide me with links, and I plan to get in touch with etsy and demand that these listings be removed.
There is a very bid difference between people who admire and are influenced by my artwork and those pretend artists who do not have any of their own ideas but are copying other peoples' work and are profiting from it!!!
I always try to be the 'nice' person and let things slide but in my current state of mind I do not give a "flying rat's ass" what people will think of this post - just be warned that if my artwork is being copied, yours may be too, unfortunately.
I have decided to put all my paints and canvases away for a few months and give my 'unique' original artwork a break as my heart has gone out of painting due to this nightmare! In the future I do not plan to post paintings on blogger, that's if I don't decide to just delete my blogger account permanently. I do apologies to my many followers and lovely friends that I have met on Blogger for this post, but I want you to know that I do not blame you for a few losers that are following me.
Wishing you all the very best and lots of creative time - Val
PS I have decided to remove all posts which feature my artwork, for now anyway, even that little rebellion makes me feel better :(