Thursday, February 22, 2007

What is a “Hand-Tinted” Print?

Many of my prints are available in their native black & white form, or, with color highlights as “hand-tinted” prints.

Hand-tinting refers to the process of adding color highlights to black & white photographs or black & white reproductions. The particular process used involves the application of water color(s) applied with a brush and/or pastel color(s) applied with a cloth. Note that any tinted prints are part of the same edition and not a separate edition. In other words, if print #43 is sold as a hand-tinted print, no other print #43 of the same image and size exists.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

New shirts with horse and dog art designs

There are several new shirts styles available in my store - in assorted colors. Here are some sample product images:

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Farrier Art Pencil Drawings

Some of my newest pieces feature Farrier Johnny Rooker from Flagstaff, Arizona. Johnny is a supurb craftsman, and took care of my aged Morgan's feet through his final days (the horse, not Johnny!) I greatly enjoyed working on these drawings, and Johnny is the proud owner of the originals. I have signed and numbered limited edition prints available on these -- both b/w and hand-tinted with color hightlights (shown here):

"Trim and Fit"

"A Man and His Trade"

"Custom Made"

Monday, February 19, 2007

A Little Bit about Copyrights

Several customers have recently asked me about copyrights - what they are and how they work. Copyrights become important when we want to discuss reproducing artwork.

A copyright is a form of intellectual property. In the case of visual arts, it pertains to the artwork created by an artist. It is separate and distinct from the artwork itself. In other words, purchase of any artwork, including original work, does not include the transfer of copyright, unless specifically stated in writing. In most cases, the artist retains the right to reproduce the image(s) in other mediums. Ownership of copyright is established upon the artist's completion of the work. Registration of the copyright with the Library of Congress is not required for ownership, but is required to pursue any legal action(s).

If you commission an artist for artwork, and intend to reproduce that artwork, make sure this is understood up front. You will need a written release of copyrights in order to legally reproduce the image.