I think only other artists can relate. I sent my mother a painting of my nieces - after much ado, many re-works (I don't do people and certainly can't make a crappy photo beautiful) but I tried my damnedest and with the help of many esteemed people here, I was actually pleased enough to ship it to my lovely, kind, sweet, genteel mother in South Carolina. She phoned me this evening - she said she took the painting to a local print shop because she wanted to surprise family members on Thanksgiving day with prints. I said "that is lovely and so sweet"
The painting is 12x12
Me: "what size prints are you getting?" .....
My Mother: "8x10"
Me: "Mom, the painting is 12x12 - the print size needs to be square"
My Mother: "well, I just think 8x10 is a great size and any one of them can put it on their desk, or office and it will be easy to frame"
Me: "But what are they cutting off?"
My Mother: "Nothing, it's just smaller!"
Me: "mother...they have to cut something off - I spent a lot of time working out measurements for where the girls would be and if they cut off a side or bottom or top, it messes up the whole composition"
My Mother: "well, the man at the print shop said that he would make sure the prints looked good - the girls are adorable in it - it will be fine! Everyone will be so surprised Thursday......."
This is the work that went into all those measurements:
She went all out and ordered 25 prints because she thought some cousins and other aunts on other sides and grandparents would want copies.......uggghhhhhhhh
It's so "funny" because she really does think it is no big deal - i'm thinking of the hours that I spent trying to work out a composition and some stranger at a print shop is going to just chop off what he deems appropriate.
I just need to let it go. ................thank you for indulging me.....