About

crafts-throwingpotsWe are artists.  Most of us are full-time professional artists.   Some of us are also published writers and authors.

At this website, we review art-related books and videos. Many of our reviews are highlighted with our unique one-minute audio reviews.

We help you select art books and videos so that you’ll save time and money, and make the best possible choices.

Most of the reviews are written by Eileen Eilis Morey, best known as an award-winning landscape painter, photographer, and illustrator.

Online, back in the 1990s when many women used pen names for privacy, Eileen wrote as “Aisling D’Art.”  That name became popular among innovative artists — especially paper, fiber, and mixed media artists — so she still uses that name at some websites, including this one.

Should we review your book or video?

If your book or video should be reviewed here, see our Request a Review page, or use the Contact form (linked above) to let us know.

We will need one non-returnable copy of your book or video.  (If you’d like more than one reviewer to write about it, we’ll need one copy for each reviewer you specify.)

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Would you like to review books and videos for us?

…We aren’t looking for new reviewers at this time.

However, when we do add reviewers, the following requirements must be met:

  • You must be a professional artist or work at a professional level.
  • You must be a self-starter who can work without close supervision.
  • You must be able to write well, without typos. (Use a spell- and grammar-checker.)
  • You must be prepared to write good reviews, at least 10 sentences long,  within two weeks of receiving the product.
  • You must be familiar with the latest version of WordPress, and be able to use it without training or supervision.
  • You must know how to add Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk links.
  • You must be able to create images for your reviews, and all images must be reduced to 35k or less for Internet use.

If you feel that you are qualified and want to be on the waiting list as a reviewer, use the Contact form linked above.  Tell us your field, so we know which category or categories you’ll review.  Include your website URL and, if we don’t know you, information about your career.

Note: Your message to us should reflect your writing skills.  Requests with typos will not be considered.  (British and American spellings are equally acceptable.)

We’ll let you know when we have an opening in your area of expertise.

Reviewers may receive free copies of books and videos in their categories.  They may also post their own Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk affiliate links.  Every reviewer can create his or her own bio page, with website links.

Review copies and Amazon commissions

As the description above suggests, our reviewers sometimes receive free books or products to review.  That’s standard in the publishing industry.

We never accept free items if we’re required to write a review, or required to say something favorable.

Also, our links usually lead to Amazon or B&N.  If someone clicks on that link and buys something, one of our reviewers or this website may earn a small, standard affiliate commission.  That offsets our writing and website expenses.

However, our opinions are never influenced by whether or not we’d earn money from our reviews.

If it bothers you that a reviewer or this website might make a few cents from your purchase, don’t click on the link.  Instead, go to your favorite bookseller and find the book on your own.

Keep in mind that those commissions are often the only way we can justify the time it takes to write and post a review.  Those commissions also make it possible for this website to stay online.

So, if you see fewer new reviews or this website vanishes, it’s because the project wasn’t self-supporting.

I doubt that things will ever reach that point, but I wanted to explain that to our visitors, so you understand how this site is financed.

We accept no cash or payment of any kind (except the review copy) for the time we spend writing and posting reviews.  Our reviews are always unbiased.

Privacy and Affiliate Policies

When a link from this site takes you to a website that sells something, including Amazon.com, this website may earn a commission from it.

That commission helps keep this website online.  The commissions may not fully cover our hosting and/or bandwidth expenses, but hey, every little bit helps.  Thank you!

Here’s what else you need to know about the links:

  • The item’s price will never be higher than you’d ordinarily pay.  (That is, the site doesn’t mark up the price to pay a commission.)
  • Whatever we say about a product is honest. We recommend products we use (or would use) myself. If we can’t recommend a product, that will be very clear in our description at this site.  If it’s only okay, that’ll be clear, too.
  • Generally, we have no idea who buys from those links.  The customer info isn’t available to us, unless you go out of your way to tell us, personally.  We can see that someone bought something, but not who it was.  Sometimes, we’re not even sure what the person bought.

If it really, really bothers you that this website might earn a small commission recommending a product we’d rave about even if a commission wasn’t involved… well, don’t click on the link. Instead, search for the product at any search engine.

Privacy Policy for our website

This is the fine print.  There’s not much that’s personal in this — well, except for a few obvious editorial comments — but we’re sort of required by law to include this information.

That said, here goes:

If you require any more information or have any questions about our privacy policy, please feel free to contact us by email using our Contact form, linked from our homepage.

At our website, the privacy of our visitors is of extreme importance to us. This privacy policy document outlines the types of personal information is received and collected by our website and how it is used.

Log Files

Like many  — perhaps most –  other Web sites, our website makes use of log files. That’s partly for security, so we can identify any problems before they occur.  The information inside the log files includes internet protocol ( IP ) addresses, type of browser, Internet Service Provider ( ISP ), date/time stamp, referring/exit pages, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement around the site, and gather demographic information. IP addresses, and other such information are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable.

Cookies and Web Beacons

Our website does not use cookies.   Never.  That said, advertisers might.  Our hosting service might.  That’s outside our control.   Frankly, we’re too busy making art, to play silly games with cookies.

Advertising

This website may be partially funded through our generous sponsors and advertisers.  However, when it’s an ad, you’ll always know it’s an ad.  We don’t accept payment for deceptive links, pop-ups, pop-unders, and so on.

DoubleClick DART Cookie

Sometimes, we feature Google links on this website.  Here’s what you need to know:

.:: Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on our website.

.:: Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to users based on their visit to our website and other sites on the Internet.

.:: Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy at the following URL – http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html

Ads that may appear at our website

Some of our advertising partners may use cookies and web beacons on our site. Our advertising partners may include Google Adsense, Amazon, and other resources that offer useful products or links that seem to interest our website visitors.  (If we see a lack of interest, we discontinue the program.)

These third-party ad servers or ad networks use technology to the advertisements and links that appear on our website send directly to your browsers. They automatically receive your IP address when this occurs.   That’s used, in part, to identify which country you’re from, and which languages your ads could appear in.

(Seriously, if you’re in Timbuktu and the ads show up in Klingon, they aren’t helpful to anyone.)

Other technologies ( such as cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons ) may also be used by the third-party ad networks to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements and / or to personalize the advertising content that you see.

Our website has no access to or control over these cookies that are used by third-party advertisers. However, we urge you to disable cookies on your computer if this is a concern for you. That’s controlled in your browser, usually in the Options tab related to privacy, security, or general settings.

Or, you can regularly use a free program such as SpyBot or AdAware by Lavasoft.  They can safely clean old tracking cookies off your computer in a matter of minutes.

You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party ad servers for more detailed information on their practices as well as for instructions about how to opt-out of certain practices.

Our website’s privacy policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, such other advertisers or web sites.

If you wish to disable cookies, you may do so through your individual browser options. More detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers can be found at the browsers’ respective websites.

Here are links that can help you, if you want to reconfigure your browser.  If the links aren’t current, use the search form at the respective site and look for “cookies.”

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