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Welcome to the Cooper studio, Jefferson, Iowa, where today, was a run morning.  As I've mentioned before, and I'm sure you've heard, there are a select few mornings of the week where I do a predawn run/trot/limp - one of those.  


I was five blocks from home this morning, when I about got run over.  Three bambi's, two bucks and a doe.  No, they really didn't come that close to me, but close enough that I could hear them huffing for breath.  I'm guessing since they were just a block east of the highway through town, that some car had scared them.


Anyway, during the remaining blocks home, my mind ran over to the idea of running, to stay ahead of the herd/pack/crowd.  Yes, sometimes my mind does move faster (and further) than my feet.  But anyway -


It remains interesting to me, at an art fair, how there's always someone complaining that their idea/work was copied by another artist.  I think quite possibly, this is a place where you're better off running as well.  If you are moving at the speed of light, (maybe plain old hustling will work also) with your career work, what copiest will be able to keep up?  After all, they are playing catch up,and catch up is a slow process.


The other thing about it, it keeps you looking at what's ahead of you, rather than what's behind.  And that's how progress is truly made, right?  That's what I'm planning on, at any rate!


Thanks for stopping by.


  Sun And Sand, an acrylic painting on canvas, 12 x 12 inches, to give you some summer on this fall morning when Jefferson scored 30 degrees ....   And yes, this painting is finally in the portfolio.  Click here for a zoom-able look.


Later, Cooper

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Comment by Jacki Bilsborrow on November 17, 2012 at 9:47pm

Karen becareful this time of year when you are running.  The hunters also scare up the deer causing them to run like crazy.  We were a family of distance runners and I wouldn't allow my kids to leave the edge of town this time of year.  I didn't want them getting into a deer's path or in between the deer and the gun. 

Comment by Vivian Leflore Mora on November 15, 2012 at 12:50am
Hi Karen, I had an encounter earlier this year with copying. I do think that continually growing and moving forward in your work is something we should do. Creating work that is dynamic, distinctive and not so easily imitated helps. However, I took a "by the book" approach when I came face to face with this issue. I notified the other artist that she was in violation of my copyright and strongly suggested that she remove the work from her website and her accounts (Fine Art America, etc). I then had the lawyers take over at this point and issue a cease and desist letter. She cooperated and did as asked even destroying the art piece. If you care to read it, more details are in my blog at
Comment by Connie Mettler on November 14, 2012 at 4:25pm

Right you are, Karen. There will always be copiers. Looking forward, not behind, is important. When you see the copiers this should be a reminder that you'd better get moving.

I like the painting, nice composition.

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