~ by Maria Benner
What is the difference between an original oil painting, a limited-edition print, a giclee, or a regular print? Here’s a simple answer.
The artist actually painted every brush stroke by hand, spending hours, or even days applying paint directly to the painting surface. There is only one original in the entire world, and even if the artist tried to paint it again, it would be almost impossible to replicated every brush stroke exactly. So an original painting is one of a kind — no one else in the world has it. This is why prices of originals are much higher.
A print is a reproduction of an original painting. It can be printed on canvas, metal, paper, vinyl, etc. The artist does not even have to make prints, someone else who has legal rights to the image can produce prints using a camera or a scanner, and a printer. A giclée is a print that is printed with an ink-jet printer. We use an Epson ink-jet printer to make prints of Scott’s oil paintings, using archival ink.
So what makes a print limited-edition? When we release a new print, we arbitrarily decide how many copies we will make. We print on demand, so we don’t have to store thousands of prints. So let’s say we decide that we’ll make 80 copies of a certain print. That means that after all 80 are sold, we won’t make any more. That’s it. So the smaller the release number, the more valuable the print is, because there are fewer of them. We number each print at the bottom of the image, so it will say 12/80 for example. Many people prefer to have the first one, so if you act quickly after we announce a new print release, you can get #1. Each print is also hand-signed by the artist.
A regular print is not limited-edition and often is not signed. The artist, or anyone with rights to the image, can make as many copies as they want. Usually these prints are the cheapest, because there are so many of them, and more can be made at any time.
The artist automatically owns the copyrights to his/her painting. A person can purchase the copyrights from the artist. The price is set by agreeing on the number of times the painting will be reproduced for profit. So, if someone wanted to purchase the rights to a Clendaniel original, the price would be the cost of the original oil painting plus the number of prints that will ever be made of that painting x retail value of those prints.
~ by Maria Benner
For the first time I get to write a post for Thirsty Thursday! This weekend is Scott’s 20th high school reunion, for West High School’s class of 1998! So, I told him not to worry about painting a new beer painting for this week’s release, but to spend as much time as possible with his friends who came to Anchorage for the reunion festivities. We all know that our connections with our friends and family are the most important things in life.
So I decided to feature a painting that had not been posted on this blog. I actually provided the inspiration for this piece. My friend and I hiked Flattop Mountain one day, and I always bring a beer on all my hikes to drink on the summit. This time I brought Pleasure Town IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. As we were sipping the brew and enjoying the view, a paraglider took off right in front of us. So I parked my beer, and took a photo of him, the view from the mountain, and the beer. I showed the picture to Scott, and he decided to turn it into a painting. The name of it is High on Pleasure Town.
I hope you all had a fun and safe 4th of July celebration! Next week Scott will be back with a brand new Thirsty Thursday beer painting for you.