Each artist owns the copyright for their own original designs. Each painting on this site is a creation of artist Jon McNaughton
Having said that, I encourage my students to paint my designs so they can improve their skills and have a great experience. If you choose to gift or even sell your class paintings I am fine with that under certain exceptions, as I will list below. This is more for your benefit than mine.
As a professional artist, my legal attention is spent regulating companies that license my work to other large companies without my permission. This is where many artists experience copyright law infringement in today’s global and internet markets. It is impossible to curtail every infringement, but I usually get tips from those who follow my work, so its easy to catch the culprits.
Here is my advise for using the McNaughton Class paintings:
- I encourage you to sign your name on each of your McNaughton Class Paintings. You may want to write clearly on the back (or even the front) the disclaimer that this is “Based on a Jon McNaughton Painting,” especially if you plan to gift it or market it. If you take a small swatch of white gesso on the back it is easy to write the disclaimer with a pen after the gesso dries. I’m not saying you have to do this, but if you or anyone ever tries to sell this and you are outed as selling another artist’s work it may be embarrassing for you.
- Always let everyone know that these paintings were done in your McNaughton Art Class and under my instruction, if you plan on selling or gifting them. I’ve seen students post these on Ebay, Etsy and other selling websites without denoting that they are copies. This will frustrate the buyers when they discover it is not an original by the perceived artist. It is good to avoid an awkward situation.
- Part of the joy of having these paintings is to share them with others. Please, do hang them and gift them to people you care about! I have had my students sell their class paintings for hundreds of dollars and they are thrilled when they can use those funds to pay for more supplies and classes!
- I do not give permission to make prints of the paintings that are created in these classes. This would be against copyright law.
- If you use my paintings as a springboard for your own design, changing the shapes and arrangement, then it is all yours! I recommend you try that, as you create your own compositions.
I am much more generous about the use of my paintings than most any artist I know. My joy is in seeing my students excel, and this “copyright talk” is important so you get off to the right footing without any future problems. Keep the rules and have fun creating your masterpiece!