A cautionary tale.
This is a true story. Once upon a time there was an Artist. She was not a rich artist or a famous Artist, and only a few people had heard of her, but she didn’t mind that because some people had heard of her, and some people loved very much the paintings that she painted, which were very unusual. And she painted a lot of fairies, but even though she lived very, very near to Glastonbury, the home of all the fairies, even the people there said her paintings were unusual, even the fairy paintings. And she was content to be loved by a few people and ignored by many.
And she also painted pictures of Medusa, and these were even more unusual. She had such strange ideas about Medusa that there was not a person that she knew who painted pictures like her pictures. Even in the mystical sprit world of the InterWeb, which was so much bigger than the Real World, were there no pictures like her Medusa paintings.
And then, one day, as the Artist was dreaming amongst the pictures of the InterWeb, she suddenly espied pictures that were not only like her pictures of Medusa, they were her pictures! They had been painted by an Evil Plagiarist! Because the Evil Plagiarist was not very skilled, they still did not look very much like her paintings, but all of the Artist’s Friends who saw them knew they had been painted by an Evil Plagiarist, and they were angry, because the Evil Plagiarist said that the pictures were all her own ideas and that she was the one who had these unusual ideas. And she had changed hardly anything in the paintings apart from adding some mice. And the mice were not well painted either.
Well now, the Artist and her Friends pondered what to do, and because they were all quite Sneaky People they did not at first accuse the Evil Plagiarist of her crimes, instead, one of them wrote to her through the InterWeb, and he said he liked very much the paintings that she had done and enquired of her where she had got the ideas for them. And the Evil Plagiarist lied, and said that it all came out of her own head. Then did the Artist and her friends decide that the Evil Plagiarist had had her chance to admit her crimes, and did declare that the gloves were off.
They knew that, by the law of the land, the Evil Plagiarist had not been so evil in painting the pictures, but in admitting that the ideas came all out of her head. In this she had Lied, and she ought not to have said that. The painting of the pictures was indeed a Sneaky Thing to have done, but in those days the Law had become a Twisty Thing, and would not care about the Evil Plagiarist’s paintings.
And they knew, also, that if the Artist and her Friends stole the likeness of the Evil Plagiarist pictures, and placed them on the Artist’s blog, then the Artist herself might be in Big Trouble, because of the Twisty Thing called the Law, which might say that this was stealing, even though Normal People would say the Artist was only taking back what was hers.
But then the Artist had an idea, how she could tell the people of the InterWeb about the Evil Plagiarist, and pay her back her Damn Cheek. She kept to herself the name of the Evil Plagiarist, and placed only the images of the Plagiarist’s pictures on her Blog. And that would have been against the Twisty Law if the Evil Plagiarist said she must remove the images. But she told the Evil Plagiarist that if she was asked to remove the images from the Blog, she would do so straight away, but that, instead of the images she would have to show the people of the InterWeb where to go and find the images for themselves, and then the name of the Evil Plagiarist would all be revealed and people would see the Evil Plagiarist for the Lying Bitch that she was.
And so the Evil Plagiarist had to decide whether to remain nameless and be laughed at, or whether to claim her rights and reveal herself, and then be laughed at.
And thus was the Evil Plagiarist shafted.
Excuse the style of the above, I seem to have come over all sixteenth century. However, the following points may be of interest which would not fit in my original story…
1. I would like to make it clear that I absolutely don’t have a problem with people taking inspiration from my artwork. What gets me is someone blatantly copying it and then claiming it for their own idea. You may have noticed that the painting of mine that I called ‘Medusa in Venus’ Bedroom’ is a parody of the Rokeby Venus, which I pointed out, when I first posted it on my website. All the same, I have done rather more with the original idea than just adding a plate of mice and re-painting the gimps pinched from other pictures.Likewise I have known other people paint pictures that I might have done, but didn’t. These paintings I actually did paint!
2. Some things Ms Plagiarist actually said:
“They are straight out of my head and that is the “PG” version lol”
“I think many people dont [sic] get the humor behind my Medusa series-she is the Ultimate Femme Fatale…”
“This painting is one of many in my “Medusa”, which will be show at a few galleries at the […] I chose Medusa as my main subject because she is the ultime [sic] Femme Fatale…”
3. I have not, at time of writing, pointed Ms Plagiarist to this little tribute to her talents, but I intend to at the right time, and thereby complete the story I have written. When I do, I shall give you an update, if there is any. In the meantime think of this as a work in progress, and feel free to express your own opinions.
4. Ms Plagiarists paintings are on a website for sale for $900 each
….if anyone would like the originals, I will match the price 😉
5. You may think that Ms plagiarist invented the pubic snakes, that she puts on her rendition of ‘Bathtime’, where I simply have a painting of a winged demoness. She didn’t… while I have no proof, I imagine she picked that one up from another painting of mine: ‘Medusa in Modesty‘ (see below the postscript).
For reasons which will become abundantly clear in the following chapter of this blog, I would now like to state that the name of the Evil Plagiarist is a certain Wendy Marani a.k.a Wendy Marani Hall. You can continue the story in this post:
Please do not send any emails to ArtID.com about Wendy Marani’s paintings being displayed on their site. They know already and are dealing with it and the offending works will not be there for long! Additionally, you will quite soon find my own work displayed on ArtID – I would like to show my support to the ArtID team, whose integrity is matched only by their enthusiasm in running a great art site. They were right on this issue straight away (and over a weekend, I might add) and I am very, very impressed 🙂