Artist Found Her Paintings On Not One, Or Two, But on Three Music Album Covers! Uncompensated and Uncredited!

Yesterday, we posted a video on how to do a reverse image search using TinEye.  Artist Corrine Bayraktaroglu also alerted us to the online tool Google Reverse Image Search. She wrote: “Early in May, I had read somewhere that you can do a reverse image search on Google.  So I tried it, and was shocked to find one of my photographs on a slide show for school digital backgrounds. Doing a reverse image search can help you find your images even if the infringer has renamed the file or stripped away the data. I continue to find other images being exploited and used for music covers, in music videos, by art and craft companies, etc.”

So when Artist Corrine first learned of  Google reverse image search and gave it a try searching some of her own art images she found her artwork used on several sites without crediting her. What did she do? Corrine submitted DMCA reports or Take Down letters to each site requesting that they remove her uncredited art images.
But then the artist also discovered her portrait painting of her daughter reproduced on the Zearle Youthful Folly music album cover without crediting her or compensating her. “The really sad part is that I don’t get a lot of traffic on my blog, and my art sales are almost zero, so I really didn’t think too many people were interested in my work.  I guess I got that all wrong, huh!” says Corrine. She has openly shared the details of the misuse of her art image on this album cover by writing about it on her blog, and you can read her post here.
Zearle Youthful Folly music album cover

Zearle Youthful Folly music album cover

large version of Painting by artist Corrine Bayrak displayed in Street Art project

large version of portrait painting by artist Corrine Bayraktaroglu displayed in Street Art project

Corrine sent us a photo of her original easel painting portrait of her daughter. She keeps the painting in her home. Corrine wrote: “For privacy/professional reasons I don’t want to use my daughter’s name or photograph” published online at this time. The photo above shows a larger version of Corrine’s portrait painting of her daughter displayed in a street art project. However, the artist is convinced that the Zearle Youthful Folly album cover art is not only her easel painting version of the portrait, but also her own photograph of her easel painting that she had once posted to her blog and not a photograph of the street art version of her art. “Nobody could have taken the image (used on the album cover), the photo is based on an interior shot, the lighting would be a very different and a crisper version (of the image) had it been taken outdoors. Plus the person responsible has admitted to using my photo in his email to me. When I posted the photo online it was blurred (just as on the album cover),” Corrine wrote to us.

The artist has now become proactive when sharing her art images.  Corrine wrote that when she started her blog 6 years ago, ” like any fairly new artist I wanted to promote my work. I made the mistake early on of putting out higher resolution pics.” Later, she posted only lower resolution photos of her work and eventually began using– ” a variety of means to try to protect my photographs and images of my paintings: using right-click features on my blog, reducing the size of the image, sometimes putting on a small watermark of my full name or an initial stamp with CB on the online version of the images.”  For the most part she was able to keep track of the use of her images. She sent out cease and desist notices when needed. “I kept regular track of my work, but regular searches didn’t expose the current crop of images.”  Only by using the reverse image search tool did Corrine make her discoveries. She has since deleted her Flickr account, removed many images from her Facebook page and her Picasa album, and put the bulk of her blog entries into draft mode.  “I have taken screenshots of infringing sites and made HUGE changes on my site. I’m vigilant about filing DMCA reports and have asked Google to remove some of my images, plus I’ve added a no pin (Pinterest) meta tag to my blog.”

This artist is fighting back in other ways too! And you can help her get visibility and raise awareness by sharing this blog post on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites using the share buttons at the bottom of this post. Also, visit the artist’s blog for more details–

When Corrine Bayrak contacted Artist Marketing Resources, we shared copyright resources with the artist. As we were discussing options, the artist  discovered another of her artwork reproduced on a second music album cover  produced by Prospect Records

Prospect Records album cover

Prospect Records album cover

Corrine Barak's Spin Art hanging on the wall of her home

Corrine Baraktaroglu’s Spin Art hanging on the wall of her home

Read the artist’s blog post about the misuse of her art, here:
Then Corrine found another of her Spin art paintings on yet another album cover! Read her latest blog post–
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UPDATE! Latest Update–this just in from artist Corrine Bayraktaroglu :

My journey into copyright infringement is getting weirder– a wiki site mistakenly listed one of my spin paintings as being done by Damien Hirst and then I find a news article about a man arrested trying to sell fake Hirst paintings to Sotheby’s.

ps. I think my daughter has the spin art painting depicted in the news article hanging in her garage LOL.

Increased Sales as Artist’s Painting is Shared + Liked Hundreds of Times Online

 Mississippi bluesman Robert Johnson (1911-1938), recorded 29 songs in 3 days in a Texas recording studio in 1936.   In 2004 Eric Clapton released an entire tribute CD to Robert Johnson.  It is the bluesman’s song Terraplane Blues that inspired this painting by Chris Osborne. The 1935 Hudson Terraplane automobile that is featured is owned by Clem Martin in Connecticut.  Many of Johnson’s song titles are referenced in the painting, including 32-20 Blues, Hellhound On My Trail, Stones in My Passway, and Crossroads.
Robert Johnson and the Blue Terraplane painting by Chris Osborne

Robert Johnson and the Blue Terraplane painting by Chris Osborne

Painter Chris Osborne has had recent sales of limited edition posters and Giclee canvas prints of her painting that she directly attributes to a photo that someone else posted on Facebook. 
Chris explained–” There is a canvas print of my painting hanging in the Robert Johnson Foundation office in Mississippi that I donated to them when I was exhibiting art at their music festival in 2005 & 2006. Someone recently snapped a photo of the print and posted the photo on Facebook.  A friend told me about seeing it and I followed it on one page, adding some comments to identify me as the artist (a good number of people in their comments thought it was a photoshopped image!  I hate that!!). Then, it was shared by a page called In Music We Trust.  From that it has been shared over 400 times, and “liked” over 800 times!  Check out that page and go to their photos, you can find the post there.  I wrote to that page via messaging and asked if they could credit me.  He/she re-posted the photo with my name.  They may have deleted the earlier post that didn’t credit me (the one that had 400 shares).  This new post was up to 37 shares as of today. What’s kinda good is even though the snapshot is not to my quality, it is likely to prevent printing or theft because of the flashbulb look.”
You can also view the flashbulb glare image of this painting on Chris Osborne’s Facebook page linked here.
The artist has recently sold posters and Giclee canvas prints of her Robert Johnson & the Blue Terraplane painting — the poster  is 22 x 28 inches  and is available here and the Robert Johnson and the Blue Terraplane  Giclee canvas print  is 16 x 20 inches and available on Amazon here.

Artist Tip: How To Create Google+ Albums of Your Art Images

Nothingness (Peaches), oil on canvas panel, 12 x 12 inches, Lena Levin, 2012

When art is over, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches, Lena Levin, 2012

Lena Levin shares instructions on how to create photo albums of your art on Google + :

If you add photos not from the main Google+ page, but from the “Photos” tab, you can do either of two things:

1. Add one or several photos from your computer and create a new album out of them; after you have done that, Google+ automatically offers you to share (at which point you can add some text to make a post to accompany the photos). If there are three photos or less, the post will include a “panel” with all of them; if there are more, it will show a panel with the first three.

2. Essentially the same thing happens if you add your photos to one of your already existing albums: Google+ offers you to share, and, by default, it will include in the post only newly added photos: if there are three or less, they will be all visible together, in a panel.

The latter option works better if you have “thematic” albums — in this way, if someone clicks on a photo to view a larger version, they might also browse the whole album (note: if you click “Photos” from my profile, you will see that I have lots of such albums). It works as a “gentle nudge” to the followers to browse more of your work. 🙂 Quite often, this really happens — I see that someone goes through the older images and adds “+1″s or comments.

And it also offers those willing to share your work to their followers an option to share a whole album, rather than a single post or a single image.

I cannot give you links, because I am figuring this all myself, more or less (especially because they rather frequently change how it all works… :).

Lena Levin’s website is

Online Catalog of Prints and Photographs

Some artists openly comment on their reference materials–such as Shepard Fairy who has used vintage Russian posters as resources for his art-making.

Many other artists wish to keep their reference sources hidden. Perhaps with some digging, you can uncover some of the obscure images for your personal use within the United States Library of Congress in Washington DC– a massive collection that comprises tens of millions of books and manuscripts as well as 15 million prints and photographs. The good news is that the images are free to download.

Through the website you have access to the online catalog Prints and Photographs that consists of 69 very diverse collections, including 18th century British cartoons, 19th century American baseball cards, old Japanese prints, theater posters, black and white photographs of the Middle East, promotional posters from the First World War and of course beautiful pictures of recent American history.

Unfortunately, not all collections are accessible online. But the images of the collections that are available are often very large TIFF files for download, making them perfect for large format printing.

How do you go about a search within such a massive collection? If you only want large images, here is a research tip. Once you click on one of the 69 collections, you are taken to a page “About this collection”  in the left column. Above is ‘View All’. If  you click on *view All*,  you will be shown all the images. If you select the check box ‘Larger image available’, only the large files come up.

Selling Art: A F*R*E*E* New Guide + Artist Event Strategy + Co-Op Ad Op

New Guide: Selling Nature Photography

This free guide, released in partnership with Outdoor Photographer magazine, Selling Nature Photography  explores how successful nature photographers have built their businesses and the secrets to getting the attention of leading buyers. You’ll also discover the most popular avenues for selling nature photography today, and how personalizing your pitches could get you sales.

The PDF covers 4 main areas:

  • Selling Stock Images
  • Fine Art Sales
  • Making Money Offering Workshops and Tours,Print Sales and Books
  • Editorial Sales

Get this Free 34 page PDF here . Painters, sculptors and all artists — reading this guide may spark ideas for making sales or help you polish your sales pitches for your artwork.


Painter Alessandro Brentel turned his online art portfolio into a sales event which he titled “100 ARTWORKS 1 ARTIST !!” The event offers one hundred of his paintings for sale in his Ebay Wikipediart online store. The artist invited buyers to attend the sale using Facebook event invitations. This is clever and perhaps the idea will work for you as well.


There is a co-op advertising opportunity in American Art Collector Magazine w/ Xanadu Gallery for a two page spread in the September issue of the publication. You can share your work with art collectors as part of this co-op ad for only $120.

Simple steps to participate:

Step #1 | Register Click here:

Click Here to Register for the Ad

If the ad is already sold out when you try to register you can try for stand by status by going to:

Only register for stand by status if you receive a message that the ad is sold out.

Artists who sign up for standby but don’t make it into this issue will automatically be placed in the next issue. In essence, signing up for Standby status guarantees you placement in the next ad.

Step #2 | Register Upload your image to Xanadu Gallery website by going to:

Upload Link

Follow the instructions on the upload page to send us your image and information

Please Upload your Image As Soon as Possible to Guarantee Placement in the September Issue



New Calls for Artists

a project of FKL (Forum Klanglandschaft) – The Rad’Art Project / Artéco association
For this exhibition artists are asked to imagine a device which protects humans from excessive noise or sound– something like the way sunglasses protect us from excessive light, as an accessory, a nice object to be worn. Sunglasses, very common objects, initially just useful, became a “vanity object”, a habit, a vice, and many famous designers started designing them, so their meaning and usefulness became something more.Now, especially in cities, there is another sense organ which is subjected to an excessively strong stimulation: our ears. Reports about the acoustic pollution in our cities are worrying and the limitations to the intensity of noise which the laws impose are indiscriminate and generally not enough to defend us adequately from the dangerous consequences.It may be necessary, thus, to use a device which provides a filter to sounds, as the sunglasses filter light. It could also become necessary and urgent to design such devices not only considering their usefulness, as in the case of the ear muffs which defend the workers from acoustic stress, but also considering their “design”.

They could be a precious or fashion object which could be worn with pride, pleasure, enjoyment.
Starting from this vision of such a possible future, we are proposing to all interested in collaborating,  to design or build an object which can be used for this purpose: protect our hearing–design devices with different shapes, with different filtering degrees for different needs.

These purposefully designed and built prototypes will be exhibited in December 2012 at Rad’Art (Mercato Saraceno), and published in a catalogue along with written descriptions.

FKL and Artéco reserve the possibility to organize, with the collected materials, further exhibitions, in Italy and abroad.
AURICOLI DA RUMORE is a metaphorical operation: the objects we will exhibit, even if they actually work, won’t be easily wearable at this moment. By simulating such a need, and designing such an object, we mainly intend to make us think about the existence of a real problem.
We wish to point out that we are not asking for a technologically efficient object: we are staying within a symbolic and poetic universe.
The sunglasses defend us from sunshine, which is a natural thing, and cannot be eliminated.
The Auricoli da Rumore, instead, should defend us from acoustic pollution, which is a typically human problem, and we wish that its solution will follow also different and more radical ways.

Please, send your work (objects, prototypes, projects and/or photos), together with a short written explanation and a short curriculum vitae ( preferably in Word), to this address by 09.30.2012:

Bando Auricoli da Rumore (BAR)
FKL – The Rad’Art Project / Artéco association
Casella postale 1227109
Ufficio postale di Piavola
Via Turati, 10
47025 Piavola di Mercato Saraceno (FC)


Simultaneously send an email

For further information, please contact:
Francesco Michi, Italian coördinator FKL (Forum Klanglandschaft):
Anton Roca, art director The Rad’Art Project

Further information on the web sites:

Apg@Atl; The Airport Show APG photographers to be exhibited and promoted during Atlanta Celebrates Photography.The Show will feature One 6-image exhibition and Six 4-image exhibitions in the central atrium of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.
There is no theme. Submissions should consist of a minimum of 6 images that work together as a group as well as being strong individual images.JUROR: Amy Miller, Executive Director of Atlanta Celebrates Photography.ACP is an annual city-wide festival held during the month of October with over 150 photo related exhibitions and events hosted by a diverse network of venues. ACP supports Atlanta’s emergence as an international center for photography


Deadline: Sat Aug 4th, 2012


Atlanta Photography Group
75 Bennett Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
United States of America

Free VASA Discussion Forums Begin Today–Topics: the End of the Photographic Print, Decision or Decisive Moments?, and the End of Photo Criticism

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Beginning December 7th and continuing until December 20th, Rui Cepeda, A. D. Coleman, and Roberto Muffoletto will be leading online discussions on current issues in photographic arts. Forum one: Dinosaur Bones: The End (and Ends) of Photo Criticism, explores the evolution and devolution of photography criticism over the past four decades. Forum two: Moments of Decision or Decisive Moments? Is photography about decisive moments presenting themselves to the photographer or about what the photographer decides to photograph? Forum three: The End of the Photographic Print and the Birth of the Image. This discussion will address issues related to the end of the photographic print and its shift to the digital image–atoms to pixels. To find the free registration option to introduce yourself and join in one or more of these discussions, visit the VASA site ( and select “Forums & Discussions” from the menu.

Serious Collectors of Realism Art

realism painting of ran kotzer film dirctor of...I just received this new call to submit from Sara Boyce, President of The Brigham Galleries and Laurel Lovett, Facebook Group Creator of Serious Collectors of Realism Art:

Call to submit to an Online Exhibit of Realism Art. The exhibit will be online by February 1 [This allows for holidays, jurying and uploading.]

Art should be available for THIS [and only this] online exhibit until April 1st. [If a collector bids online for your piece, they are legally obligated to purchase it. Also, you are legally obligated to sell a piece if a collector offers to purchase it.]

The Brigham Galleries will create an e-newsletter that promotes the exhibit. This will be shared with all participating artists and Serious Collectors of Realism Art for everyone to distribute.

Submission Guidelines:
LIKE The Brigham Galleries Fan Page:

2) Upload 1 – 5 photographs to YOUR own Facebook page. For each photograph you would like to submit:
a) Once they have loaded, click SHARE [for each photograph you want to submit].
b) Select, from the Share Drop Down Menu, “In a Group”. Make sure to select “Serious Collectors of Realism Art.”
c) On the drop down menu on the right hand side, choose “Public”, so you can get as much exposure as possible with your photograph.
d) So we can know you have submitted, in the text box, when it prompts you to “Write Something”, write the artist name, title, size, medium, and cut and paste this sentence:

I have submitted my artwork to an online exhibit for Serious Collectors of Realism Art, a Facebook group, created & hosted by The Brigham Galleries [], a Facebook page!

Serious Collectors of Realism Art will then be able to share this!

The submissions will be juried and the selected artists contacted.

The Word Portrait Project

The word portrait project is part private commission, part performance piece. Artist Derrick Hickman works in collaboration with clients to bring their personal stories to life in the form of enlarged colorful text abstractions. The art is both exposing and cryptic. Viewers are drawn into the paintings by their size and appealing palette while at the same time being held back by the confusion of twisted letters and color patterns.

The client provides a written story that is meaningful and revealing and then Derrick Hickman creates a visual re-telling of their story. The abstraction of line, editing of content and selection of color patterns are meant to mimic the relationship of story teller and audience. The inability to control meaning and interpretation as your story gets told and re-told. Clients are able to commission their portrait in three different sizes through the word portrait project website. Commissions typically can be completed and shipped within four weeks. More information can be found at

Artists–Want to Offer Giclee Prints of Paintings On Your Website? How-To Discussion

Artists–Want to Offer Giclee Prints of Paintings On Your Website? How-To Discussion. Artists–Join In A Discussion on Giclee Prints

Several artists in my LinkedIN group, Artist Marketing Resources, are interested in learning more about offering professional quality Giclee prints of their paintings to collectors. Join the Artist Marketing Resources group on LinkedIN to participate in the discussion, or if you are already a group member stop in! If this link doesn’t take you to join the group, do a search of LinkedIN groups for Artist Marketing Resources.

The Giclee print discussion is open for you to voice your concerns and get all your questions answered, from how-to do an image capture of your paintings that result in high quality output, to sales and shipping.

Artists who have worked with professional Giclee print services in their communities will be commenting in the discussion based on their experiences. Discussion topics will include: image capture–scanning vs camera photo stills of your paintings, standard Giclee print sizes, prints on canvas and paper, price points, sales, where to sell, standards for shipping and payment. Tips on avoiding problems during the major holidays, when many Giclee services are over-booked, and other concerns.

I will be there to share information and resource links that I have gathered over the past two years. Plus, I’ll share my professional insights (from working with Giclee print sales and my ebook that includes the topic of Giclee sales), on how artists get commissions of Giclee prints and how and where to offer Giclee prints for sale.

Artists–bring your questions and concerns to this discussion. You will find  lots of information and receive valuable feedback.

Best wishes

Marie Kazalia


Transmedia Artist Marketing