20 years from now

I was just reading an old acrylic painting guide, about how to tell the best quality paints and the relation to lightfastness and longevity. It made me wonder about my own paintings, and how I would feel in 20 years, or when I’m an old woman if my original paintings had faded or degraded with time.

Often, I also have a digital copy of everything. For a physical painting in acrylic or oil, no I don’t think it’s the same thing; at the same time, I’m not sure I would be too heartbroken as long as I still had a high-quality copy. The reason being so many of my paintings were created digitally and I consider them just as precious – just… easier to hold onto. Having said that, I’m honestly not sure how I would feel because it’s incredibly hard to let go of a painting or drawing I only have one copy of… I’m just not sure if having a high-quality copy, digitally, would mitigate the sense of loss… I guess I’ll find out eventually.

What do you think? How do you feel about how long yours or someone else’s artwork will last? Is having a digital copy enough, do you reckon?

Image by Tim O’Brien, from the cover of Discover Magazine. Source: http://arrestedmotion.com/2012/09/tim-obrien-aged-mona-lisa-for-discover-magazine/