celebrating 15 years acrista.com

how many of you actually know when did my acrista.com website went online?

it was in March, 15 years ago. it is hard for me to imagine how those years flew by. but on the other hand I do realize all the invaluable experiences I got, all the growth, the blessed acquaintances with amazing people, and the inexpressible satisfaction of all the paintings which found their home.

in the beginning I was mostly working in small, faltering steps, then I was working on exhibitions, now I’m mostly working on commissions. I wished for a few things for my professional life and they are slowly happening to me. I am grateful of that. I am grateful to you, for your trust. and I thank you, for all the support.

as years passed, I learnt patience is one of the most valuable traits from a business perspective. which is why I am patiently waiting for the acrista.com to get ready for publishing. I’m also patiently working on new artworks, and patiently walking towards the next goal on my list.

in the meanwhile – celebrate with me: since March is an anniversary month, I am announcing a 20% discount on all available originals, prints and catalog (art book) copies for the entire month. I would be very happy if you would make and order and take part in the spring „clean-up“ of a sort, helping me make space for the new exhibition artworks I am already working on.

thank you.

please, cite the artists

more and more often I started asking myself the question why, when people are quoting excerpt of a book or poem, every time they cite the author, yet with paintings (respectively photography) this almost never happens. and here I’m not just talking about the ridiculous unauthorised use of images – during the years friends have notified me of my artworks being used as a tapestry model or even copied almost identically by another artist and in sale, or even used as part of a logo. no, I’m talking about the massive daily sharing of images in the social media, accompanied by some wise thoughts, quotes or poems without a mention of the author of the visual content.

recently I got really pissed off by the usage of an Ana Razumovskaya painting for an event in a prominent Sofia night club, and nowhere did I see the name of the artist (hope I’m wrong, but there is no doubt in my mind she was never even contacted to get asked for her permission).

please, cite the names of artists (painters, photographers, illustrators, etc). behind these images stands immense amounts of work, ideas and expenses and putting a name next/under the image will cost you almost no effort. and in case you don’t know who the author is – write exactly that – there will always be someone who will know and comment. this would be a respectful practise. thank you.

P.S. it is not my intention to generalise – there are people, who are constantly writing to me with requests to grant permission in using some of my artwork – and thank God they always cite the author and when they can the website. I want to thank them a lot too.

on the picture: a draft of “Magnificent Turquoise”, artist Alexandrina Karadjova, www.acrista.com
that simple 😉