Artists: Why You Should Make Multiple Works

Galleries around the world present only a select number of paintings for public showing, yet those very same paintings are often created alongside a massive amount of work that did not make the cut. Many artists make many versions of the same painting and there are some who actually work on multiple pieces at once. The value of creating a series of paintings when recreating a specific landscape is massive. As painters work on a landscape, it may reveal beautiful aspects after seen from a critical eye. After an artist creates that in depth understanding of the space, they are able to create a more accurate representation.

Muscle memory is a useful tool in many physical practices and painting is no exemption. Repetition and playing with themes can only improve the work of an artist as long as the energy remains fresh and positive. Claude Monet, one of the most famous landscape painters, famous for his impressionist view of colourful spaces practiced this very idea. He would paint the same space over and over, at different times of the day or year. He would capture the space in daylight, at night, during rain storms, or at any time the view presented some new perspective.

Revisiting landscapes or certain themes enables one to grow familiar with the space. This, in turn, allows for a meditation on all that space and the relationship of all the elements. The solidity of these incubated visual ideas allows the artists to manipulate the space into its best landscape. An artist that truly knows the space and the many different ways it can be experienced will be the best person to capture it for others. There are few landscape works that were created without a series leading up to the final and most popular work. Like any other subject matter, landscapes explored through multiple paintings allow the artist to fully step into the space and learn its dynamics before sharing it with others.

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