Monday, 28 September 2015


I am always on the look out of those artists (or so called artists) who copy other artists's work!

It has happened to me right at the beginning of me showing my watercolours.
One day, I was passing in front of a gallery when I saw the faithful reproduction of a watercolour done in Lenham. Even with the little bicycle I had added...
A few months previously I had sold a few cards of this little scenery. Someone must have bought one of them and copied the work!

I was not very happy. I did not make a fuss not knowing where to start.

I am a lot sharper these days. To start with I am a member of the Designers and Artists Copyright Society (DACS)
Anybody trying to copy my work will be in trouble!

I have been around Art exhibitions where I have acknowledged beautiful works or designs by artists (some amateurs) only to find out a few months later while looking through books that some actual works in the exhibition had been copied.! 
How can they call themselves artists and have the nerve to sell works that one day will be found out as being another artist's creation?

I have curated many shows online. I run 3 groups on Redbubble and 1 on Fine Art America. For this reason, I encounter many posting of artists new creations. They are all of them fine art.

I have a sharp eye and the memory of an elephant. I can see a painting and know exactly who has painted it.


By an extraordinary turn of events, this week-end I have caught one in my nets!

I sell my work on . I have been there for one year and so they kindly sent me a token of £50.00 to spend on their site.

I thought it could be a nice present for the family at Christmas... a nice little watercolour different of my style. So I perused. I could not find any that would match what I would want and so I went to have a look into the Sale section where some artists discount their artwork (Not me by the way...)

In that section I found this painting

It was on offer reduced from £876.00 to £219.00

Oh I thought I had found one of my friend's work.. but it was not my friend's name at all!

I took a good look and went on the page of my friend, (I will give her the name X). There was her painting with this cowboy in the same position, hand over the door, a slight difference with the doors and back ground otherwise the cowboy is a faithful copy by (artist Y)

I must say that artist X has a finer and better style of work than artist Y!

I quickly informed artist X who is now taking procedure.

The same painting was for sale on Saatchi and prints were available on FineArt of America and other sites!!!

If by accident you find your work being stolen, before taking any action, make a screen shot of the work and the site. It is a proof that you must keep.
I have kept that proof with the name and photo of artist Y on


For windows, you open your programs where you should find Accessories.

In Accessories you should find  SNIPPING TOOL

(On windows 8 you will find it in your Apps. You can save time by typing Snipping tool into the Search area)

Click on it.
It should look like this (photo not too good)

Click NEW, your screen will freeze to let you drag the cursor on the part you want to save.
Save into your pictures.

If this tool is not installed on your tool bar, it would be a good idea to add it.

Thursday, 24 September 2015 a website that has nothing to do with Artist Beatrice Cloake

I have been on the web for a few years now and know full well how hackers and scammers operate

My first website was
It was with Yahoo.
They did not tell me when my domain was going to expire and so, within seconds of not being renewed by myself, it was bought by some smart aleck who thought he could sell it to me.... of course at a higher price he had paid.
I ignored him and so within a few weeks, another idiot who probably had bought it from him, offered me to get my domain name for 3 times the price.

Well some enterprising Japanese man bought it and opened a website under my name with my CV plastered on the front page. 
I did find out who he was and where he was living and advertised on the web what he was up to.
He removed my CV and decided to use the site, still under my domain name, to sell hair remover.
Frankly I was laughing quite a bit!

I ignored all of them and took  with another server.
Same thing happened to me. I could not renew my domain name.

So I abandoned the lot. I was advised that there could be more than a Beatrice Cloake in the world.
I took my new and final domain name:

A proper name for an artist!

So if you stumble on 

I do not suggest that is run by a rogue!
It might be a genuine other Beatrice Cloake
However I have found the name of the person who bought the domain.
It is a man under another name.

Finally, up to date End 2016 - I have regained my first domaine name
And now it is a genuine site run by myself.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Ideas For Artists who want to abandon Acrylics

So, you have wanted to start working with Acrylics but after a few attempts you have decided it was not a medium for you.

Well, there is not such a thing as a medium that does not work for an artist.

Each medium takes time to get the hang of it. I know as I have painted in Acrylic, Oil, Pastel and Watercolour.

Each of them demands a different approach.

So for Acrylics: To start with now we have different kind of Acrylics:

I, myself work with Golden heavy Acrylic. They are soft but dry pretty quickly.
A retarding medium can be added to the palette and is useful for working on skies.
It is my favourite way to work. I love added layers after layers, glazing with different shades and colours to achieve incredible results, not possible with Oil or Watercolour.

Atelier interactive are open Acrylic. It means they do not dry quickly. They are behaving more like Oil. However it will be difficult to achieve glazing as the Acrylic can be open again by adding water! However a fast drying medium can be added to the palette.

Another Acrylic made by Winsor and Newton is Fine Art artist Acrylic, they now have a slower drying time.

Below is a painting done with those Acrylics. You can see I have been playing with glazes on the trunk of the tree.



Galeria is an acrylic produced by Winsor Newton.
I did use it a lot until Fine Art artist Acrylic appeared on the market

Below is a very large painting 30"x20" done with Galeria.
20 years later it is still looking as good as day one.

On the nest.

All these explanations are from my own experience


Artist Lorena Kloosterboer has produced a fantastic book 320 pages all about Acrylics and the technique. I strongly recommend it!!!
I never recommend a book without having a good look through it.
I can assure you, there is none like this one on the market.

Can be found on Amazon

So if after trying again and again, you want to abandon acrylic, please do not give them away or dispose of them.

It is a medium you can use for fun or craft!!!

Oh yes! I have more than once, covered glass jar with colours that I wanted to use in my still life.

I also have experimented for fun on empty plastic boxes.

Would you believe this is from an empty box of Nivea cream!!!

This one was an empty box of powder.
I painted the base in Gold
The top, I painted in black, created a design.
I wanted to incorporate some fine beads I had in a box for a very long time.
I think it looks a bit like Indian art!


Obviously, Acrylic does not stick to glass or plastic so, it needs to be prepared.
I rub gently the surface with fine glass paper.
I cover the surface with PVA glue.
Leave it to dry.
I usually work with the paint the following day.

Once it is finished, I apply a coat of varnish.


Another idea:

Again, after applying PVA glue on a glass jar, the next day, I applied Gesso. On the second coating of Gesso, I stuck mung beans while still wet.

The next day I coloured it.

It made a pretty little unusual pot. It was snatched by one of my friend!


So good luck and do not give away your Acrylics 

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Tote bag that makes heads turn!

I have bought this bag with my design "Wildtime"!
It has been noticed and people have asked me where did I get it!!!

I am giving you the link but customers from UK, beware, the larger size will be with postage over £25.00 which means you will have to pay import taxes!!!

Remember when you order anything from USA, do not exceed £25.00 including the postage.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015


There is nothing like preparing for an exhibition!

St Ives exhibition with NAPA is over. I have received a lot of positive comments about my paintings exhibited there.

So I have decided to paint more still lives for next year.
I have prepared work, ordered a few more boards.

I really cannot wait to start.

Below is a still life in my first exhibition with NAPA.

Tony's sunflowers - Acrylic on board

Monday, 14 September 2015

Thank you - Merci André Guerville - Pierre Pasquier

A few months back, I tried to work on an idea!
Nothing new to me as I always need to create one way or another.

I knew this  project of mine would be more time consuming with great challenges.

I wanted to build a site about my father's work.
He has been dead for 45 years now.
At the time, there was no internet or digital work to keep record of all the many stained glass windows he had created.

While searching the internet, I came across some of his work being classified as
"Patrimoine de Picardie"
Wow! My Dad was acknowledged for all his masterpieces!
There, I found a few stained glass windows.

I started my site with links but it had no real punch. My aim was for my family to find out about their grandfather and great grandfather Pierre Pasquier.

It took a few weeks before I decided to contact the website asking if I could use the photos for the site.

I was greeted by a wonderful gentleman who has since, given to me a huge amount of informations with a big portfolio of photos.

André Guerville is historian, writer, with a passion for Picardie and its history.

I cannot thank enough André for the time spent while sending me all the photos.

On my side, it has been an emotional time, rediscovering the work of my father and among many of them, I have found some executed before my birth or when I was too young to know their value.

So, let me take you to the site of my father Pierre Pasquier and the site of André Guerville.

I only know one way to say thank you.
It is to offer one of my painting.

I have offered to André Guerville and his wife a watercolour.
I have heard they both like it very much.
Thank you!!!

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Thinking about creating my Christmas card

NAPA exhibition is over. I am coming back on Earth.

I need to create a series of new paintings for next year's exhibition.

I have also to create this year Christmas card to send to my friends.

One that was pretty successful was this one of Canterbury

I have just posted it on my Portfolio on Artists and Illustrators

You can see it HERE

Cards and Prints can be purchased from FineArt of America or England

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Exhibition in St Ives - Cornwall

Being an active member of Redbubble, a few years ago, I have met artist Pnina in the workshops with Solo-Exhibition.

Pnina has come to live in UK. When she heard of the exhibition by the National Acrylic Painters Association in St Ives and the addition of three of my paintings, she told me she would pay a visit.

True to her words, she did and came back with some photos of my work hanging there.

A big thank you Pnina. It is a treat to see it as I cannot travel there at the moment.


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