Has anyone here ever sold a painting and then been tempted to repaint it? I've been considering it. I've kept all my sketches, colour notes and reference photos for the ones I'm considering repainting so half my work is already done if I decide to do it. And I know the paintings work. But I have some concerns.
Firstly, I worry that it may not be fair to previous and possible future buyers. But, then, how many times did Cezanne paint Mont St Victoire or Monet paint his lily pond? (Not comparing myself to these greats, of course)
But that's only one of my concerns. I also have this horror of being accused of banging out potboilers. I somehow feel that every painting has to be unique and should be a struggle and a learning experience for the painter. There has to be the excitement of the new and the risk of failure. I don't know that I could bare to just go through the motions for the sake of having enough paintings for the next show.
The idea of redoing paintings would not even have crossed my mind but my last three good ones sold almost before the paint was dry and I've only got six months left until my next show and I'm not sure I can come up with enough new subjects by then. So far I have only two others I would consider showing and according to my contract I need 12 - 14 big paintings for a show each year.
My aesthetic instinct and my moral compass tell me that I should not repaint pictures I've already sold. What do others think? In future I'm not going to show work to the gallery as I produce it because if it all gets sold I'm left struggling to get enough together for the next show. I know this may sound like a non-problem to those still trying to get work sold. And just a couple of years ago I'd have been glad to have the problem. And don't get me wrong - I can sure use the money from the sales. And who knows, buyers may go off me and my past sales may have been just a flash in the pan. So maybe I should just knock out what I can and flog it for all I can get. But, somehow, it just doesn't feel right.
I've got enough new subjects for another couple of paintings so the problem is not immediately pressing. But I would very much like to hear others' thoughts on the probity of reproducing work you've already sold.