Image Use Sabbatical: Copyright Information

Thank you for your interest in the art imagery I create and share.  My art is medicine for the soul that rises from spiritual practice, so I’m delighted that you found it and discovered ListenForJoy.com.  However, all of my images are copyright protected, so please do not copy, print, reproduce, or alter any of my art or text from the ListenForJoy.com website or any of my images found elsewhere on the web.

It’s wonderful to know my art resonates with so many people around the world.  I’m excited to know there are so many soulful things going on all over the US and the planet that would match my imagery, and I am grateful for your efforts!  I also applaud those who have the integrity and courage to ask for permission before using someone else’s art.  Thank you!  However, even though collaboration is fantastic, right now I am overwhelmed by the requests.  To stay sane and creative, I am taking an Image Use Sabbatical by saying no to all image use requests.  I’m not giving permission for web use, bulletin covers, book covers, flyers, etc.  There are complicated copyright and image file issues involved, I don’t have a good system for receiving compensation for the value of my images, and the amount of time it takes to reply to lots of emails is more than I can handle. So, for a year or more, I’m focusing on my own art making and my own art prints.

You can link to the ListenForJoy.com website pages that include my images, but please do not embed them in your own posts or websites.

The best way to enjoy my art imagery and to support my continued creating is to purchase Art Prints of Deep Breath and other images, in both standard and giclée formats.  See the Shop page for details.  I hope that a print image would bring you and others joy in your work, worship gathering, or home space, framed or passed around from hand to hand.  Buying a print, however DOES NOT give you permission to use the image in another way besides displaying it as it is– no photocopies or scans, please and thank you. 

You’ll notice I’ve watermarked all of the art images on this updated website.  While it’s somewhat distracting to see that rectangle with “ListenForJoy.com” inscribed, marking each image is one way to help protect my copyright online.  I’m also working on a creative response project for engaging those who’ve lifted my images without permission.  (Many of you have noticed that Deep Breath is making a world-wide, unauthorized journey all over the web from before she carried a watermark…  If you see this painting used online without credit, please point people back to this web page: Deep Breath, so that they have a chance to see my other art and consider purchasing an art print.  Thanks for your support.)

Although my heart wants to write a personal reply to everyone who inquires about image use, I simply can’t pull that off (believe me, I’ve tried!).  For now, I will need to say a brief, generic “No” and refer you back to this page with my blessing.  I appreciate your understanding, and I trust you’ll find or make alternate imagery that speaks to you for use with your projects.

Creating spiritual art imagery is a privilege and a challenge.  Thank you for supporting my work and protecting my livelihood so I can continue to serve.

With gratitude and blessing–
Melanie