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Original or Print: How to decide what is right for you.


Artwork can be an effective way to bring the colors and textures of a room together, while also bringing personality and meaning to your space. When it comes to selecting artwork through Growing In Process, you will soon have the option to buy an original artwork or a print reproduction of that artwork. In this blog post, I’ll help you navigate this decision-making process by exploring benefits and drawbacks of each option.


What is an original artwork vs a print reproduction?

An original artwork is a unique one-of-a-kind painting, made with paint on paper or canvas. As part of my process, I also create signature colors for each collection that are connected to my local Vermont landscape, and all original artworks contain some of these hand-processed natural pigments (read more about natural pigments and why they matter in this blog post). A print reproduction, on the other hand, is a replica of an original artwork, authorized and by me and produced by a high-quality printer I have personally vetted. The process of creating a print reproduction involves careful photographing of the original, digital processing and color correction in order to maintain the subtle color shifts of the original piece. Producing a beautiful and authentic printed version of the original is considered an art form in and of itself, and each print is stamped, signed, and titled by hand, just as the originals are.


Cost vs Investment Value

The biggest advantage to offering print reproductions is that I can now offer an additional price point to make my work accessible to those who might not otherwise be able to afford the cost of an original. Prints will be about half the price of an original work, while still bringing the beauty and story of the original into your home. When considering your purchase, keep in mind that the purchase of an original artwork is an investment. As more collectors learn about my work, the value of originals will likely go up over time. In this way, an original work may become worth more should you decide to sell it in the future.


Longevity

Both prints and originals will outlast your lifetime. The high-quality prints I offer should last at least 125 years if cared for properly. Originals can, like paintings found in museums, last hundreds of years! Original works may go through slight color shifts over time due to the natural pigments they contain. These color shifts have been carefully considered in the composition of each piece, and this added element of time is integral to the meaning and purpose of the work.


Size & Material

An additional advantage to offering prints is that I can offer more flexibility in size and material, giving you more options when composing your space. Original works can be reproduced on canvas or paper, making your framing options potentially more affordable. I can also offer a variety of sizes to suit your space needs. If you have any questions about sizes or materials that you don't see listed, get in touch and I would be happy to work with you to deliver the perfect piece for your space!


Still not sure?

While ultimately the choice is up to you, I think considering your budget, goals, and aesthetics will help you come up with the piece that is perfect for you and your wild & beautiful space. I'm here to help navigate this decision with you--if you are still not sure, reach out to me at growing.in.process@gmail.com and I'd be happy to talk through the options with you!


-Mira

Artist, Growing In Process

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