I recently started posting my artwork on Instagram, and have found it to be a sort of memory-lane @ Deja Vu experience. Oils, watercolors, drawings, tesserae pieces, digital images, toons, and doodles, … you name it, they all hang out in my photo library awaiting an opportunity to be shared. When I scroll through them deciding what to post, I find myself wondering, “How did you do that? And to be honest, I don’t have a clue. In some cases, when I find a photo record of a painting, it is like a memory of gnarly times. How my work arrives at a finished state remains a mystery to me. I know I can do it, but am hazy on the methodology.

As I go through the inventory of my work, I have been creating new categories beyond the basic oil and watercolor. There are now photo albums for, Italy, whimsey, drawings, landscapes, figures, flowers, fruit and veg, digital images, and Divas. But there are also a goodly number of images listed as destroyed, painted over, modified or lost. There are also some that I once had, that are now the underpinnings of a new piece, or they have become the chopped pieces used to make a tesserae image. And therein lies the crux of the problem I have run into. Do I post them, these lost and forgotten works? They exist in my photo library, but are no longer actually with us. But then my digital images are not actually with us either. The toons and the digital paintings, and the real paintings that I have modified digitally are also not with us, and yet they are considered an art form. They can be replicated and reproduced, and they are my original work and I own their copyright, but there really is nothing real there. So is a photo of an original painting the same?

So I have decided that those lost and orphaned images will be part of a new collection. I shall call it the Erstwhile Image Collection, and I will be posting them on Instagram and Facebook along with those images from my Website I will also be posting a number of pieces, primarily drawings and watercolors, not listed on my website. These will be listed as part of my Studio Collection, along with images from my Digital Collection. These are original works. For more information regarding pieces from the Studio Collection or the Digital Collection, please get in touch with me. Regarding the Erstwhiles … well what can I say? I’m not sure where they are right now, but if they show up, I will let you know.

My Instagram Moniker is constancepatterson347. If you get a chance, check it out and let me know what you think.

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