Tuesday, 30 January 2018


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Warning to Artists, their websites and domain names

This posting is about my own experience through now nearly 15 years on the internet.

It is what I have learnt.
I would like to be able to pass on other artists the pitfall we face when we try to build our first website.

If you have never tried to build a website but know a bit about computing and internet and blogging, I am sure you are capable of building a website.

My first advice will be to do good research about where you are going to build your site from.
There are so many site builders who can tempt you!

I have had TWO bad experiences.
I ran away from one (who advertise heavily) who had taken my money, ran my site for two years and all of a sudden, my site vanished. 
Very bad when I had the luck to have my work featured in a magazine!!! with NO functioning site.

After three weeks of argument over the phone where I was taken to the far east and going nowhere,
I finally got them on Facebook. 
The bad publicity got me my money back.
I heard that many of their customers where in the same predicament and one had to close their online business as they had lost so much money.

The second one was ok, but trying to build a site was a total nightmare (this one advertise heavily too)

I tried one who is reputed for artists websites. I found it extremely difficult to do anything with.
I have warned friends about it but they got tempted and regretted it.

I fell back on Weebly. I would not go anywhere else.
Good choice of templates - easy site to build - aftercare customer service excellent
and to top it all, you can build your site Free.
You pay if you take a Domain name.

I would advise you to try to build a FREE site and take a domain name if you are happy with it.

AH!!!! Now coming to DOMAIN NAME.

My first domain name, Beatricecloake.com was stolen.
HOW? If your server does not inform you that your payment has to be renewed, your domain name go online, offered to be bought.

Some morons, love to speculate with other people domain's names.
If a domain has received many hits, they buy the domain for their own business.

When mine was stolen, the first owner was in Japan, selling Hair remover :D !!!
I caught him, exhibiting on his first page my own CV.

It was not difficult to find his ware about. I got in touch with him. He took down my CV.

Their purpose is to catch people searching for the name of an artist and arriving on their sites.  

Later, he abandoned the domain name who was taken by other shoddy characters who contacted me and offered the domain at an exhibiting price.

My domain name came back to me thanks to WEEBLY and at a reasonable price.
So beatricecloake.com is all mine once more!

So, artists, when you build your first website, search for a very good server, take your time. It might take you one week, two weeks, ask friends, other artists etc...

As for the Domain name.... 
If you are example Joe Smith, you might have more than one Joe Smith in UK or in the world.
I would advise you to take the domain name of Joesmithart of Joesmithfineart.com or co.uk etc....

Another way is to have a domain name without your name. If you no longer use it, nobody could use the domain name and have people coming for you on their site.

I know of artists who for example have a domain name such as:
www.thestoryofKent and display their full name on the Title of their sites.

I have been told, when you forget to renew the payment of your domain name, it takes ONE second for someone else to buy it.


Sunday, 7 January 2018


It is not quite a painting but a drawing executed 
with Fine Art artist Coloured Pencils
Faber Castell
 On Stonehenge paper


NEW Dresses

This pretty dress can be found on Redbubble 
in my shop "EXOTIQUE

This enticing dress with colours in Fashion can be found
in my shop EXOTIQUE on Redbubble

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

AMIENS - commissioned watercolour gone to Canada

I can now reveal the commissioned watercolour gone to Canada.

I was requested for a painting of Amiens, the town where I was born.
It was a delight. The cathedral stand in the back of St Leu not far
from where my father, artist, had his workshop.

​I must thank Sophie Denizot giving me the permission to use her shot done during the Summer.

A big thank you to my customer.


Saturday, 23 December 2017


I had heard of children, teenagers, being targeted on the internet;
Facebook being a prime site as the world meet on there.
Nothing prepared me to find out that artists were getting bullied too.

Not a month goes by without one of my friend artist get abused, violently criticised
and who by? Other artists! or can they really be artists?
I thought the world of Art was about the Joy of sharing our craft, the elating
Joy of discovering each other interpretation of our feelings within a painting.
I too have recently been at the receiving end of an abusing so called artist who
tried to intimidate me.
But I am glad to say, it did not worked!

I have seen artists who were so hurt, feeling so downgraded,
they wanted to leave Facebook.
It is their army of friends and followers who helped them survive this new trend of verbal
onslaught on the internet.

So who are really those morons who abuse others?

People who do not recognise that each artist got a unique style.
We can be hyper realistic, realistic, traditional, impressionist, semi-abstract, abstract
Some of us are not perfectionist and like to experiment, and show on their page what they
have created, only to be abused by those who do not understand.
The same goes for artists who are hyper realistic. They can be the ultimate painters,
but they are crucified too.

Why should these attackers  feel obliged to come on an artist’s page or group to put vitriolic
comments about their style, art, lifestyle etc…????
It is their way to be noticed on Facebook.

On Facebook, they start by inviting the friends of the “targeted artist” to be friend with them. Once they are established, they send the venomous darts to their victims.

These “Art Critics” need to look at themselves!
They are the nastiest of people, cruel human beings, jealousy consuming them.
It helps them to feel superior…. After all my attacker told me he was a “Rembrandt”

They are trying to make a name for themselves or attract a public by destroying another artist!
How can this be right. It is total cynicism.

Shame on them to use the World of Art as a battleground.

Don’t they know, there is more Joy of giving than Receiving?

So, artists, beware, be prepared that one day, someone, will attack you. Be prepared.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Aliya, the little bridesmaid

My latest watercolour with a touch of White gouache on the garment

On Paper Saunders Waterford
Winsor Newton Fine art artist paint


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