About three weeks ago my friend Stuart Haywood (for whom I have done a number of drawings and a watercolour painting of him naked, and who hadn’t stripped off before and wasn’t a naturist before this experience) emailed to say that he and his wife were to be featured in an article about them renewing their marriage vows. They have been happily married more than 50 years and both of them felt that it would be an excellent show of their continuing love and affection for each other. The twist on this tale was that although they were doing at a venue of their choice, one of them would be naked. Stuart.  And also so would some of the guests.

This was a few weeks ago at Stuarts favourite venue in Lincolnshire.

I knew that since then he had written an article for the local paper, and that the paper had printed the article.

This week he rang me to tell me that the Press Association had picked up the story and wanted to write an article themselves regarding it, and had sent a journalist along to interview Stuart and his wife and had written the article accordingly. He asked me if I was ok being mentioned in the story and if it was ok to use a couple of photos that I had taken. Yes, I was fine with that I told him. The female journalist rang me within an hour of him telling me she would ring and I confirmed that I was fine with it.

But, it was later that day that I realised what it actually meant and rang her again the next day to check.

Stuart Haywood baring all at 75 (2) Because, whereas I am so used to copyright with my artwork, and so used to taking photos all the time regarding subjects I love, I hadn’t appreciated that any photos I take, also have my copyright attached to them. Because this has been done via Stuart, and not directly to me, I realised that it did actually affect me in a direct way and the question was:

Should I be entitled to a reproduction fee?

Her response was that whereas there was no fee for the article as it goes online, there may be other publications that might pick it up. It has, after all, got a lot of quirky value. As it stands I will get a credit for taking the photos, and it will be good publicity for me. I understand that, artists know that sometimes you don’t get paid in money always, but get some promotion instead which may or may not turn into future work. But if another publication want to use it, then that is a different matter, then that gives me the possibility of reproduction rights on my copyright.

So, I don’t know what will happen, but I shall be interested to see…………..

I've been an artist all of my life, and my paintings now hang on walls in Europe, USA and Canada. I'm working on getting them on the other continents! My wide range of artwork has been exhibited nearer to home in the East Midlands, with the Guild of Erotic Artists at Beaumont Hall Studios in Hertfordshire, and at "Erotica", Olympia, London. I have also been featured alongside my work in the Guild of Erotic Artists book (volume 2). I love to create dramatic interest in my pictures, whether it’s to paint an unusual landscape, or just to utilise dramatic lighting in my figure drawings or strong colour in my animal portraits. Delighting in the spontaneous tendencies of watercolour adds an interesting and distinctive look to my paintings, some of which are purposefully ambiguous, enabling the viewer to use their own interpretation of my artwork. I also love to hide images, and humour within my paintings, whether it’s a secret message, or an erotic couple hidden within a landscape, or even an erotic landscape where the couple are camouflaged as the features of the land itself. I am equally happy painting in oils, acrylics or watercolours and love to draw with pencil or ink. I have also developed the very effective method of drawing using white pencil on black card which creates dramatic pictures by just picking out where the light catches the body and leaving the rest of the image to the imagination, in darkness. I can also utilise many different styles, whether it is realistic, abstract, surrealistic, erotic, fantasy or camouflage art where something is hidden within the painting. I'm just passionate about my art, whatever I paint! But, it doesn't matter how many landscapes or pet portraits I paint, its always the erotic stuff that people are interested in! I started blogging to share some of the strange conversations I have with the people I meet. But its evolved into far more than that now.

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