When I first started writing this blog, I promised honesty. When I write, I say what I believe is true. I hold myself to high standards. Based on my personal integrity, I have a confession to make. I broke a rule, and I deserve some public humiliation.
Last summer I created a collage of a cute little sleeping pug (dog). I copied the image from the December picture of a free calendar. I did NOT use any of the original picture, but I traced the dog and referred to the image as I worked on my version. I suspected at the time that probably someone would eventually recognize the little fellow, but it didn’t cross my mind that it would MATTER.
At the first of December, I submitted this piece to a local juried art show. The piece was well-received—so much so that it earned first place.
However, unknowingly, I broke one of the cardinal rules of eligibility:
“Only original paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture and crafts created
by the submitting artist will be allowed. . . . Any work that copies magazine photographs or other work in print, including advertising, is unacceptable.”
Rightfully, a member challenged the originality of the piece, and so, my collage has been stripped of its ribbon and taken down.
I’m embarrassed, but I deserve to be. Ironically, the image I copied was from a December 2013 calendar: how many people have that very image hanging in their kitchens right now?
I learned a lesson, and that is always a good thing. I have sent a note of apology to the board of the art center. I don’t know if I’ll receive any sanctions from them, but this once-good-little-Catholic-girl expects some penance.