About digital prints, open and limited editions:
Creating art is always a process. With my current work, that process is in part, driven by the medium. As a painter, the last stroke on a painting was always a critical and often troubling decision to make, one stroke too many or one left undone could change the whole piece. Working as a digital artist, I now have more options. I can explore the different paths a piece of work can go. I have decided to embrace, what is a unique aspect of this new medium because it encourages experimentation.
This is relevant because of the evolving signing conventions and the discussion of what is or is not an open, limited or numbered edition.
What I have decided to do is to define the rules for myself and share them with my patrons. I have often saved different versions of the same piece of work. These prints are what I call transitional prints, somewhere between a proof and a mono print. I am currently working on a piece I call lucid dreaming which has taken on a life of its own. I like it as it is and I’ve recently pulled a print. However, I know that I will continue to add elements as the piece evolves.
It is also important to understand that the prints that I produce are original pieces of art created from digital files and not copies of previously printed or painted works. With each piece I produce, print proofs. I can experiment with different medium, color and range of values. Occasionally, I will paint, draw or in some way alter the print as part of the process of creation. If I like the result, it will be signed and dated, if I don’t the print will be destroyed.
Creating an archival edition of digital fine art prints is expensive. Large prints can easily cost anywhere from $10 to $300 dollars to produce. After that, they need to be signed and then stored where they will not be damaged. Therefore, as a practical matter, I produce prints one at a time.