Skirting Issues – So Touchy!

Have you ever heard of embellished art? I’ve had a few people suggest that I consider doing that. What it would mean is taking a finished print and adding some ink of paint by hand, making it truly unique from any other print.

It seems to be increasingly popular these days. However, I’m not fond of the idea for a few reasons. First, if I’m going to offer some of my art as original art, and by that I mean a one-of-a-kind painting, then it will be just that – one print, unique, signed “one-of-one” – no need to embellish it.

Second, I wonder if embellishing causes confusion or concern among collectors . . . any thoughts?

Embellished Limited Edition Prints

The one place where the notion does intrigue me is limited edition prints, but only in small runs – editions of 10 or 15 as opposed to 50 or 100.

It’s easiest to show this by example. Shown below is a series of pictures, all based on an original piece that I have yet to make publicly available. It’s called “Skirting Issues” and here is what that original looks like:

New Art - Skirting Issues

Skirting Issues – Final Version soon to be released

This may look rather simple – and I hope it does – but it took about two dozen renditions to get here. As much as I like this piece, I have a personal preference for more definition. While some of that is in some curves, for me there isn’t enough. Also, part of the nature of my art is to be drawing and painting at the same time. It’s a back and forth process, and not always does the drawing come first.

I tell you that because next I want to show you what the underlying sketch might have looked like, if I had gone the traditional route of sketching first . . . here it is:

Sketch of a new painting

The Issue of the Sketch

So how does this tie into limited editions and embellishments? Well let me continue, and tell you what I’ve done with these two images. The sketch was created so that I could apply to the original painting and add that definition I want.

While my on-screen tools give me plenty of ease in doing this, it’s a very personal process in creating the final look. Often there can be several amazing embellished renditions, making it difficult to “choose one”. But I do. I save the set but select one to publish.

However, in a small edition run of 10, I could quite easily embellish each one, make each one truly unique. To give you a taste for what I mean, I’m showing five renditions below . . . I’m pretty sure you will see what I mean.

Finally, I do believe this is embellishing by hand . . . it just doesn’t require a brush or pen. The oddest thing is that I’m much more comfortable with my on-screen embellishing than with the pen or brush idea. Perhaps it is because it is true to the original process? I think so, and though I don’t let on how personal this is, for me it’s a matter of artistic integrity? Put another way, embellishing on-screen does feel like it comes from the heart. Using a pen or brush on a print would just seem so much more mechanical . . . how’s that for irony?

Now here are 5 ways of “Skirting Issues”:

One of five renditions of a painting

Skirting Issues – one way

Second of five renditions of a new painting

The darker side of “Skirting Issues”.

Third of five renditions of a new painting

The Issue of Purple . . . and simplicity?

Fourth of Five renditions of a new painting.

More color, more contrast . . . same Issues?

Fifth of five renditions of Skirting the Issues

The color of the year . . . perhaps the real “Skirting Issue”?

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Skirting Issues – So Touchy!

  1. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Another question for you from Lawrence Grodecki about embellishing a finished print by adding additional colour or design to make it unique.. I think that if you are choosing a piece to be part of your house or room that it would be great to customise the piece.. Your opinions to Lawrence directly once you have seen how it might work..

    Reply
    1. Lawrence Grodecki Post author

      Thank you for a beautifully stated view of the process. For me doing any more embellishing than I do on-screen would very much seem like a violation of that lovemaking. I’d have to do it for the right reasons, or not at all.

      Now if you are not too busy, how about volunteering to be my press agent? lol

      Reply

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