What is PMP (Paint-My-Photo) – it’s really quite simple. There are lots of great photographers on the internet, and there are many artists of all abilities who would like to paint from a photograph or need a creative boost. The problem is that Copyright laws prevent artists from using photographs found online.
Two needs exist: 1) photographers have volumes of images they have taken and want to find some use for them besides being idle in their own stored library, 2) artists can’t always go to “the” place for inspiration or have adequate supplies to properly set up still life’s, etc., but a photographer already has these covered.
Five years ago Roy Simmons the owner of Paint-My-Photo (PMP) recognized the need for a place online where photographers and artists from around the world could get together for the sole purpose and pleasure of sharing reference photographs as a means for creating derivative artwork without copyright infringement worries.
Artist members post their paintings and drawings that they’ve created from reference photographs contained in the pmp library (reproductions of other member’s artwork is not permitted). Members of pmp may only share photographs 1) that they have taken themselves or 2) for which they have full copyright ownership.
Besides the above, there are many additional benefits that come with being a member of pmp: there are group forums (covering a variety of artistic specialties) and creative challenges (including one for photographers), quarterly newsletters, video’s, online resources, chat rooms, and the camaraderie of fellow members.
FYI, pmp is exploding with new members. When I joined four years ago there were 2,300 – today there are more than 25,000, and the library had some 3,500 reference images – today there is well over 116,000. Both categories are growing every day, so much in fact changes are taking place. The site currently runs on ning but we’ve outgrown its capability, Roy is in the process of working with an outside company that can handle the growth and provide pmp with the flexibility of and management that ning couldn’t. The transition is taking place now and will continue throughout the summer.
Why do I use pmp? Quite frankly I’m not the creative type driven by pure imagination – it’s not there, but give me a great reference photograph and my creativity is sparked leading me to develop a piece of art in a version of the original image that in some cases is completely changed from the photographers original intent. Pmp has given me the opportunity to explore and expand my creative outlet, in a way that I never thought possible. On a personal note: you’ll be amazed by the content and quality of the photographs.
If you are a photographer or artist and want more information, (it is free to join): http://paintmyphoto.ning.com
Today I painted this scene as a tribute in the memory of Franklin, a PMP member, who recently passed away. Frank was an incredibly talented artist and photographer. This scene, Windmill in St-Saturnin-les-Apt in Provence, France, was my interpretation of one of his many photographs at pmp.
DON’T TAKE MY IMAGES!! MY ART IS COPYRIGHTED.
PLEASE DON’T COPY OR USE MY IMAGE WITHOUT RECEIVING MY PERMISSION FIRST – SEE DISCLOSURE ON THE RIGHT PANEL.