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.