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Have a Great Memorial Day

It’s Memorial Day weekend.   As a kid, this weekend not only meant great food.  It also meant the ending of school and the unofficial start of summer.

Summer means art and we are putting the final touches on a new show starting in June.  look for future updates and more details soon.

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Waiting for Vacation
Waiting for Vacation

What’s the Facebook Copyright Notice Hoax?

With the sun slowly rising in the east to start a new day, this lonely booth is waiting for the typical daily beach crowd to come and rent their water toys. This shot reminds me of being on vacation, and part of the fun of vacation is being able to post pictures on Facebook to rub my friends nose… err, I mean share my experiences with them.

Truthfully, I have a lot of friends who post all sorts of pictures to Facebook. Usually, these shots are of a sentimental nature and not a financial one. Most typical vacation or family shots have absolutely no monetary value outside a close group of family and friends. Uncle George losing his dentures eating corn on the cob at the family picnic makes great family gossip, but there is little to any danger that it will sell at an art function.

However, about every 6 months or so I receive a new email from those friends warning me to put up a copyright notification letter on my Facebook page to protect myself from the corporate giant stealing my photos. My friends do mean well and I’m thrilled they think of my art and me when they see this letter, but they needn’t worry.   The letter reads:

“Due to the fact that Facebook has chosen to involve software that will allow the theft of my personal information, I state: at this date of November 27, 2014, in response to the new guidelines of Facebook, pursuant to articles L.111, 112 and 113 of the code of intellectual property, I declare that my rights are attached to all my personal data drawings, paintings, photos, video, texts etc.... published on my profile and my page. For commercial use of the foregoing my written consent is required at all times. 
 Those who read this text can do a copy/paste on their Facebook wall. This will allow them to place themselves under the protection of copyright. By this statement, I tell Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, broadcast, or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and or its content. The actions mentioned above also apply to employees, students, agents and or other personnel under the direction of Facebook. 
 The content of my profile contains private information. The violation of my privacy is punishable by law (UCC 1-308 1-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute).
 Facebook is now an open capital entity. All members are invited to publish a notice of this kind, or if they prefer, you can copy and paste this version.
 If you have not published this statement at least once, you tacitly allow the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in the profile update.”

That letter they are finding in their email box and sending my way, with good intentions, is merely a chain letter. if you were to follow those instructions nothing would happen.  Facebook can and will simply ignore it if they want to. You see, by using your account on Facebook, you’ve already legally permitted them to use any data you supply them. That’s right, you already gave them permission because of their terms of service.

No fear though, by copyright laws you still own the pictures. However, you automatically allow Facebook to use those pictures for free simply because you posted them on Facebook. How could they use them? Well, Facebook could look at Uncle George in the picture and decide to sell information to the dentures paste manufactures, dentures companies, or even dentists.   They also might be used in an ad campaign for Facebook featuring cobs of corn and broken dentures, but I seriously doubt it.

So why on earth would I, as an art business, bother posting my pictures to Facebook if they could use them without paying me anything?   Visit our post next Monday and I’ll let you in on a few tips.

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3 Suggestions On Creating a Beach Theme Bedroom

It’s been a very long and stressful day and like the beach huts in our photograph you are Waiting for Vacation.  This photograph simply screams relaxation, beach chairs, fish dinners and cold drinks.   There they sit, waiting patiently for the return of the summer crowd.

If only you could have that sound of the ocean and the feel of sand between the toes you might be able to handle tomorrow.  Unfortunately, your vacation still lies weeks or even months away.  Unless…

Why not make your bedroom your own little vacation sanctuary?  A few dabs of paint, flowers, and a throw pillow or two will get the job done.  I’ve listed for your convenience some of the basic items to think about before spending a fortune.

If you are the DIY type, then by all means think about your favorite beach, create a plan and start straight away.  If, however, you worry about your color matching ability or just don’t have the time or knowledge to do the job proper, I’d suggest investigating a local interior decorator to help.

Thinking about making your bedroom a personal beach experience?  Here’s how to start:

  1. Color.  No beach inspired room is complete without the proper colors.  The danger here is to go overboard with your favorite color.  While it’s possible that you want to paint the walls in a wonderful shade of sea-foam, I’d suggest pausing and imagining what an entire room full of a particular color will look like.  One trick is to take the free paint swabs at the home improvement stores and tack them to your wall.  After a couple of days, it is possible to remove the ones you don’t like and decide on the color you do.

As for the beach, think in shades of blues, greens, reds,

Waiting for Vacation
This photograph simply screams relaxation, beach chairs, fish dinners and cold drinks.

and white.  Those are the most common colors with a nautical theme and exist in varying shades on beaches.

  1. Furniture.  When you are looking for beach inspired furniture it is very important to envision the kind of beach you are using for inspiration.  For instance, if your beach of inspiration is tropical, you use furniture made of tropical materials like bamboo, pine or teak woods, and even wicker.  Other beaches, such as the beaches of New England or the Pacific Northwest inspire the use of different woods including oak and cedar.
  1. Accessories.   Items that remind a person of a beach are an absolute necessity.  The proper accessory will make or break the relaxing image you are trying to portray.  Items that help tie the beach themed colors and your new furniture will include:

Like what you read about Waiting For Vacation and Beach Bedrooms?

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