Thursday, March 01, 2012

Familiarity

 Watercolour, 200lb paper


Does this image look familiar?  Yes, its the Merry Christmas Hares piece that I painted and which sold at the Comfort & Joy exhibition just before Christmas. 

However, this isn't the original painting, its a replica that I'm currently producing.  The gallery rang me to ask if I could recreate the painting as the collector had an 'unfortunate accident' with the original.  I have painted the same object twice or more, but not the same painting, so took on the challenge.

This is were record keeping comes into play.   I usually scan or take photos of pieces at varying stages of production and the original hares drawing was scanned into the computer, as well the final painting was there too.  This helped speed up the process immensely as I could transfer the original drawing then just paint it.  Of course, it won't be the exact same piece, but close enough I think.  In fact, I'm liking this version more than the original.   Its nearing completion once I finish the hares and add some snow, then off to the framer again!

So record your paintings and progresses carefully, you never know when you'll need them again.

5 comments:

Teresa Mallen said...

Good heavens, an unfortunate accident - arouses my curiosity, what could have happened to a framed piece that would ruin it? I can imagine broken glass and a damaged frame but to damage the paper inside...humm...anyway, congratulations on having kept a good visual record of the painting! You will make the collector very happy.

Jeanette said...

Yes, I wondered too. Perhaps I'll find out more about what happened to it when I drop the piece off at the gallery.

There's a concept...let imaginations roll as to what would destroy a framed painting. Domestic dispute? ;)

Shelley Whiting said...

Beautiful and moving piece. There is something very spiritual and enlightening about this work.

Sue Pownall said...

I think this is coming out better than the original.

I'd also like to know what the unfortunate accident was - his wife hit him over the head with it?

Jeanette said...

Thanks Shelley. Three hares has long been a symbol in various cultures, both magical and religious. My creation of this initially had no connections, just a pattern that emerged.

Sue, I think it has more depth than the original did. Of course no two pieces can ever be alike, more a sibling resemblance.

Who knows what happened to the original. Perhaps I'll find out when I drop the piece off at the gallery after its framed.