It’s raining! It’s pouring! Yay! We in California are so grateful, at least for this year. However, the rains did bring challenges for some folks. I received this email:
Nomi, my wife commissioned a portrait painting from you in 2011 that's been water damaged in our home. We cherish the painting and would appreciate your help getting a fresh print that we can rehang in our home. Please let us know details on what it would take to get a new print.
How gratifying to know that all the portraits I’ve done are digital files that I have archived. People wonder why I go to so much trouble to paint digitally. One of the reasons is that I can reproduce a portrait from the exact same file as the original. It is so comforting for me and my clients.
Over the years, a few of my portrait paintings were damaged in transit … no problem … my husband Gerry printed and shipped replacements. Clients frequently request additional prints for gifts or their offices … again, no problem … Gerry can print however many they want, in various sizes. For me, it’s the same situation as when I was a portrait photographer and always had negatives from which to have reprints made. I can’t imagine the agony I would go through if one of my paintings or drawings were ever lost or damaged and could not be replaced.
This particular fun portrait was based on a photo taken during the family’s vacation in Costa Rica. I did a lot of research online about the resort, its trees and flowers, and the adjacent geography. Using some artistic license and my clients’ approval, I simplified and enhanced the scene. I also painted an island and cove that I saw in online photos, but were only partly visible in the background of their photo.
For the final version, I cropped in tighter on the pool deck and added leaves, flowers, and the children's shadows. Another reason that I love painting digitally is that I can make changes up to the end. I keep my clients on board and get their feedback, by emailing them the work in progress as I go. Since I constantly save my work, I can even revert to a previous version. Nothing is lost. This allows me to take creative risks and be spontaneous throughout the project. Perfect for this scaredy-cat artist! As I write this blog post, I am grateful for fine art technology and the pitter-patter of raindrops outside my window.