Copyright by Valerie (Valry) Drake

(Before reading this article you should know that I am not qualified to give legal advice. I’m just telling you what I do.) I expect that am just like most of you, I have never seriously considered copyrighting my artwork. But I am trying to get my artwork licensed, and the licensing industry is one…..

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Jerry’s Blog Team -- 28/06/2010

Prepaing to Sell – Portfolios and Details by Valerie (Valry) Drake

As artists we love to create – but when it comes to the details of selling we are sometimes a little reluctant. Just in case I get someone who actually wants to know about my work, I have to have a artist portfolio to show them. Whether this person is a potential customer, gallery owner,…..

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Jerry’s Blog Team -- 21/06/2010

Paintings Paint Themselves by Valerie (Valry) Drake

At least in my dreams they do. Vibrant slashes of brilliant hues dance across the canvas. Big wide paintbrushes dip into soft, buttery mounds of paint on huge pallets and then lift and float to add to the beauty. Sometimes I can actually see the paintings in progress. Other times I only see paintbrushes and…..

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Jerry’s Blog Team -- 14/06/2010

Devaluing the Material – Valuing the Artist by Valerie (Valry) Drake

Have you ever been intimidated by a blank canvas or blank piece of paper? All that pristine whiteness is just looking at you, waiting for the first mark of pencil or brush. Waiting for you to either create beauty or to spoil its pureness. Nonsense! In most of my beginning classes we have an exercise…..

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Jerry’s Blog Team -- 07/06/2010

Artist – Craftsperson by Valerie (Valry) Drake

What’s the difference between an artist and a craftsperson? According to Dictonary.com it is fairly straightforward: an artist is “a person who produces works in any of the arts that are primarily subject to aesthetic criteria” or “one who professes and practices an imaginative art” or “a person skilled in one of the fine arts”……

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Jerry’s Blog Team -- 31/05/2010

Preparing for Surtex – Website by Valerie (Valry) Drake

  In my efforts to obtain an agent or a licensing contract, it is essential to have a web site and portfolio that correctly demonstrates my work. Since my day job is in the computer industry, I am fairly good with computer things. And since I am totally OC I tend to always want to…..

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Jerrys Blog Squad -- 12/05/2010

Preparing for Surtex by Valerie (Valry) Drake

Last time I told you about my upcoming trip to Surtex. This week I thought I would share some of the computer / Photoshop® preparation of my artwork for the show. I am working on two collections at a time. One is on the easel and one is in the computer. As it happens, both…..

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Jerrys Blog Squad -- 12/05/2010

Looking by Valerie (Valry) Drake

I will be attending Surtex in New York City this spring. Surtex is an art licensing trade show. The exhibitors will be artists who license their work and artist’s agents. Surtex is held in conjunction with The National Stationery Show and my ticket to Surtex also gets me into NSS. NSS has exhibitors who are…..

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Jerrys Blog Squad -- 12/05/2010

Have we seen the last of the masters? by Valerie (Valry) Drake

Let me preface these comments by saying that I do not have a formal art education and that’s a shame and one day I am going to get it. One area I am particularly sketchy is in art history and, again, I regret this because there is always a great deal of value in knowing…..

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Jerrys Blog Squad -- 12/05/2010

He’s Going to be an Artist Since he got Laid Off by Valerie (Valry) Drake

  A while back I was in Jerry’s just looking to see if there was anything new that I couldn’t live without and there was this guy looking at acrylic mediums and he looked kind of lost. So I sort of made friendly sounds and we started talking. Later I found out that he had…..

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Jerry’s Blog Team -- 12/05/2010