I've decided to venture further into the world of producing and selling prints of my paintings, and I would like your opinion. If you like my work, have perhaps bought my work in the past, would like to buy it in the future, or if you're just one of those people who likes giving your opinion on things (let's face it, that's pretty much all of us), it's your chance to have your say and possibly win a signed Magic Forest print too!
'Magic Forest' print
8x8" with a half inch border for framing (9x9" total size)
© Natasha Newton
This is what I would like to do...
As some of you may have seen, I've been offering hand-signed, archival-quality prints of the painting 'Magic Forest' in the shop for a short while now. These have proven to be pretty popular and I've almost sold out, with just a few prints remaining. These were not a 'limited edition', but what is known as an 'open edition', meaning an unlimited number are printed, and at any time I can choose to print more. They have value because they are hand-signed by me, and also because they are professionally printed with archival quality inks on acid free art paper, making the print guaranteed to last for 100+ years.
However, what I'd really like to do is invest in some 'limited edition' prints of my work. The limited edition prints will be printed in the same way, with lightfast archival inks and paper, but they're intrinsically more valuable - and more of an investment - because a certain number will only ever be made. For example, a limited edition set can consist of 20, 50, 100, 200 or even 500 prints - the number is up to the artist, so it could be a large limited edition run or a small run, but the important thing is that each print will be signed AND numbered by hand (e.g. 15/20 - meaning that your print is number 15 out of a total of just 20 that exist worldwide). Because of the rarity, and the fact that after the edition has sold out no further prints exactly like those will ever be made again, they become quite valuable. They're a great way of purchasing something from the artist that has value (the value may even rise over time) but at the same time they're more affordable than an original painting. I'd still recommend investing in original artwork if you can possibly afford to, because it's still the most valuable way of buying art, and even though high quality prints look amazing, it's not on the same level as owning and viewing the original painting. But they're a great alternative!
So what do you need to do?
Basically, I'd like to know from you which paintings YOU think I should consider making into limited edition prints. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning one of the open edition, hand-signed Magic Forest prints (as seen above) is to go to my website: www.natasha-newton.co.uk and have a look at the various paintings on there (they're now separated into sections, as you will see). Then come back to the blog and leave a comment below, at the bottom of this post, telling me which painting or paintings you think would work best as a print, or which one you'd be most likely to buy as a print. That's all you need to do! If you feel like it, you can expand upon that and tell me exactly why you like a certain piece, subject, or series, but that's entirely up to you. I'll give you a week to leave your comment (one per person, please) and when the week is up, someone will be chosen at random to win a signed Magic Forest print. Et voila!
I look forward to reading your suggestions. Thank you in advance for your help.