Saturday, February 17, 2007

What is a Limited Edition Reproduction?

All of my prints are sold as "Limited Editions," and I am sometimes asked what this means. Here is a brief explanation of "limited edition reproductions":

A Limited Edition Reproduction refers to a set number of replicas of a work of art, of which the plate, mold, or die is destroyed or mutilated after the desired number of copies has been made. The practice of limiting editions and numbering proofs originated with early printing methods, in which the quality of the proofs declined as the plates began to show evidence of wear. By thus limiting an edition to first-rate examples of an artist's work, the artist protected both his or her artistic integrity and the value of the work to the collector.

Editions are often limited now for financial reasons. By ensuring the relative rarity of the artist's work, he or she increases its value. (Two-dimensional reproductions are often referred to as prints, and the terms will be used here interchangeably. This is not to be confused with the “original print-making” process where the artist actually hand-creates each print.) Each print from the edition is signed and numbered by the artist for authenticity.

In addition to the fixed number of edition prints, there may also exist “AP” prints and “HC” prints. AP prints refer to Artist Proofs. Artist Proofs also date back to early printing methods. These are the first pulls off the press, used to determine ink coverage and other quality factors. As they are the first pieces to be printed, they are generally considered to be more valuable. AP prints are signed and numbered separately from the main edition. HC prints, or Hors De Commerce (not for trade) prints, are marked by the artist as prints to be used for business practice: such as samples, display only, etc. Occasionally there are also PP or Printers Proofs. These refer to very few proofs which are given to the printer responsible for printing the work.

In addition to personally signing and numbering my prints, I will also gladly inscribe any print with a more personal message!

Friday, February 16, 2007

Horse and Dog Note Cards

My Greyhound Dog note cards with the image "Lean on Me" are now sold out, and the Friesian note cards are almost gone. My other Greyhound Dog note card "Couch Potato" is also running low. I do have many other note cards still in stock though! Themes include: dressage, jumping, paso fino, morgan, arabian, doberman, agility, labrador, retriever, kittens and stearman biplane. I also still have a supply of the little girl golfer notes, titled "Cogitator." Here are couple of samples:

If you would like to purchase note cards, please visit my Note Cards page at Horse and Dog Note Cards.