chairs interiors large Painting

double trouble & two copyrights don’t make a wrong

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double trouble

I similar painting to this sold recently and will be off to Essex soon I believe. This one has a different colour palette but is two chairs

double trouble 24 x24 oil on canvas

two copyrights don’t make a wrong

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I have been aware that I should have a copyright watermark on my painting images for yonks now. Of course I have. But somehow the actual doing of it had defeated me.

I think the real trouble was that I have very conflicted feelings about the matter. The blogging community is founded on the idea of sharing and learning from one another and I hate looking at art that has a huge copyright watermark pasted right across it. It really interferes with the appreciation of the work. And I guess I somehow also felt, who’d be bothered with my work anyways.

That all said. Theft of original images from the internet is hugh and after a conversation with my sister the other day I set to figuring this thing out.

However, what I ended up with was a beautiful copyright mark pasted right on top of another beautiful copyright mark. So it  was either two laid over each other or none at all. No use to anyone either way.

But this morning I cracked it.

Here’s another example

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What do you think?

Too big/small. Should it be in a different place? Is it really annoying you? Love to hear what you think.



  • Love the color palette in your two chairs. As for copyright marks, yeah I find then annoying. But if you feel you need them… I still can’t bring myself to that. Have you had problems with theft?

  • Your work is so beautiful, a big large watermark through the center won’t be that distracting. From what I’ve read, copying by foreign markets to sell the artists work is the biggest problem on the Internet. Have good tracking.

  • Hi Roisin!
    I’m with you on the issue with putting a copyright on my work, but I think if you choose to do it, a light watermark is the way to go. However! On that particular painting it is in a place that can easily be edited out with photoshop either by cropping or “cloning” nearby paint colors….and in effect resulting in a slightly different image that you painted in the first place, so someone could actually change your painting! If someone wants your image, they can figure out how to deal with the copyright sign……I honestly think there is only one way for you to solve it, and that is only using low resolution images on the internet…..Even that isn’t foolproof, since you sell a book of your images that could easily be scanned into high resolution prints….Ultimately you have to make the decision that is best for you….Your work is recognizable as an “O’Farrell” and if someone decides to start selling it they will eventually be caught….Just my thoughts…hope this helps!

    • Thanks Kristen, I think maybe my images are a little too large but I hate to reduce them as the image is what it’s all about.

  • First, I love your color palette in two chairs! Really lovely – as always!

    As far as a copyright mark goes, I have to say that I am pessimistic about such things as I believe that a thief who wants art work can remove or change the mark. Today’s technology allows for that and work can be copied in other ways, too. I understand how you feel as I have had work stolen by a person in another country. Unfortunately, nothing can be done, but hopefully this person and other dishonest people doing this will at some time be caught. In that respect I am optimistic! So do what you need to do to make yourself feel comfortable. Your work is amazing and I would hate to see it stolen!

    • Linda, thanks so much. Great input to this question. I have no problem with other artists copy my work to learn (what a compliment eh?) but it’s more to do with art licensing etc. But really if they’re gonna do it they will find a way. I just don’t want to obscure my own work in the process.

  • Hi Roisin,

    I’d take the advice of Alyson Stanfield the Artbizblog expert who says not to do it. I notice that Edward B. Gordon, prints his images small, but uses no mark on the work. Alyson Stanfield says that anything that interferes with the look of your work is a mistake when you’re trying to attract potential collectors.

    I say do whatever makes you feel comfortable.
    I love the look of your work, and would prefer
    not to see the mark, but believe me I’d love your work displayed in almost any way that suits you.


  • I’m not a big fan of the copyright mark. I think we takes our chances posting work on the web (one reason I don’t worry too much about the fact that my photography isn’t always the best). If someone wants to copy my work, they’ll do it with or without the mark. I’d just keep it low enough resolution that it wouldn’t be easy to make a reproduction & always have my name in the file title…which of course can be changed too.

    The painting on the other hand…this I like!

    • You know Francis I’m really not a fan either but I was feeling I had to do this. Thanks for the advise. What resolution do you go for with your images?

  • I have mixed feelings about the Copyright image, I don’t find it distracting on your artwork but also think there are a number of ways they can be removed if “they” have a mind to.
    I love the painting, I want to sit right down in that chair.

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