Wall Number One, Oil on Panel, Derrick Breidenthal
One of my clients saw a small version of this painting, or in other words a study, in the gallery two months ago. She loved the piece, but it was sold. I mentioned that Derrick could paint a work that was in the same vein, butÂ in a larger size, if she liked. He did, we installed it yesterday, and she’s ecstatic. So’s he.Â But please bear in mind, the enlargement is a painting unto itself;Â whenÂ placed side-by-side the two are not identical.Â
I’ve made this pointÂ many times, but I will again. Anything you paint in a small size can serve as a study for a larger size.Â In fact it’s ethical to create each painting in three distinctly different sizes (Rembrandt often did, as didÂ many of the Impressionists, as have 100s of others throughout history). In this way, when you finish a work that you know is a masterpiece, you can realize more from your years of sacrifice that one mere sale.
Some artists will resist this approach, and that’s fine; I never ask anyone to do it who isn’t inspired by same.Â But for those who see it as both a challenge and an opportunity, great.Â As long as the fundamentals of creating original art aren’t betrayed, thisÂ makes thingsÂ easier for everyone.Â Makes it a easier to pay for things like dental bills, health insurance, and aÂ functioning carÂ as well.Â