Bev Doolittle was born and grew up in California. In 1968 she graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. She met her husband, Jay, at school and they started married life with a painting trip to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks-a portent of things to come. For the next five years however, the Doolittles were engaged in advertising art and TV productions in Los Angeles. "It paid well, but after awhile I wasn't learning", Bev explains, "and we didn't like living in the city. We wanted to be close to nature, and we wanted to travel." They now have accomplished both. Their frequent travels and backpacking trips have covered the western United States, Canada, Baja California and east Africa. They now live close to nature in California.
Bev Doolittle's subject matter is provided by the out-of-doors. "I love nature, I try to look beyond the obvious and create, meaningful paintings depicting our Western wilderness and it's inhabitants. I start with a concept and attempt to convey it through strong design coupled with detailed realism. I want people to think when they look at my paintings" Most of Bev doolittle's prints are sold out and only available on the secondary market. Many have increased in value many times over and are still sought after by collectors and fans of her artwork / paintings.
...If you want people to believe what you say, put your money where your mouth is. Or, as is the case with Bev Doolittle’s Original Fine Art Lithograph Beyond Negotiations be prepared to sacrifice revenue to protect your promise of Quality.
The process through which original lithographs are created is extremely delicate in nature. There is no painted original to photograph and reproduce from; the drawing on the stone or plate wears down and nearly disappears during the inking process; there is a delicate balance between water and oil that allows the inking process to work. Basically, it is an art form which is ripe for something to go wrong.
Well, something went wrong in the process of creating Beyond Negotiations. More specifically, something came in contact with a portion of the plate (a stone was not used because of the size of the image). This left an oily residue that in the inking process attracted the inks in a way the design did not call for. It looked and felt like a mistake and we were unable to correct it. The trial proof image in our September Catalogue on pages 46-47 and our promotional material was shot from one of only four trial proofs that made it through the process intact.
Because there is no original, going back to the printer and ordering another run was not an option. The hand-pulling process wore down Bev’s drawing on the plate; there is not enough left for us to work with. The Greenwich Workshop Original Fine Art Lithograph Beyond Negotiations as advertised in Catalogue and in earlier e-communications does not and will not meet the quality standards we have set for our Fine Art program and the image will not be released.
There are two points we’d like to drive home to our collectors with this. First, revenue takes a back seat to the fidelity and quality of our fine art. If the art does not meet our or our artists’ standard of perfection, it will not be offered for sale. This is the Greenwich Quality Assurance. Second, Original Fine Art Lithographs are as unique and special as we have attempted to communicate; there are no second chances.
Now for the real lemonade we’ve made of this lemon. Bev spent a fairly long time working on the piece. After a while she started thinking that the image really would have made a pretty neat painting. Having committed to the idea of an Original Lithograph, she put the thoughts aside and completed her drawing.
Well, one thing having led to another Bev now has that opportunity to create a painting of Beyond Negotiations and is going to do just that, create it as a painting. All we have available to show at press time is a study for the work, but if everything goes well, you can expect Bev Doolittle’s first Fine Art Giclée Canvas to be offered soon.
Publisher and President
A message from the publisher on BEYOND NEGOTIATIONS
...The process through which original lithographs are created is extremely delicate in nature. there is a delicate balance between water and oil that allows the inking process to work. Basically, it is an art form which is ripe for something to go wrong. Well, something went wrong in the process of creating Beyond Negotiations..more>>
To see a short video that was shot during a visit to Bev's studio, and for a peak at the canvas."Beyond Negotiations"