One of the wonderful things about interacting directly with the collectors of one’s work is that you learn so much from the exchange. I introduced two new works, landscapes, at a Wilmington, Delaware show in July. The images were variations of a single color image that I made in Acadia National Park, Maine. Both images were in black and white and were part of a series of six Artist’s Proofs that I had printed in an attempt to decide how the edition would look going forward.
Ultimately, I decided to offer each of the six proofs and then decide which would be used to make the regular edition. I liked all six interpretations of the image and was comfortable hanging two of them together to express some of the creative process. A couple who collects my work liked the two pieces I exhibited. As we talked, I told them that there were four other interpretations. Their response surprised and excited me. We want all of them then, they said. So the group of six Artist’s Proofs will hang together in one private collection and on one wall. I delivered the works to Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville, NJ where I exhibit my work.
I am thinking now though that the exploration process in the developing and printing of new work can become an interesting and even desired body of work in its own right. When I am convinced that multiple interpretations of a single image are all valid or pleasing to me, I will now consider making those works available as well. Sometimes the “bigger picture” is made up of a group of smaller pictures, even when the base image is the same.