It’s been a good week !!…as I’m working on a paintings in my studio, I got a notice that my “first plunge baby sea turtle VI ” painting was sold though one of the online art galleries that represent me. So I need to package it up and ship it this coming Friday.
It is always exciting to make a sale and know that somebody is enjoying what you’ve created enough to display in their homes.
As part of the mermaid card commission that I’m working on, the client wants more diversity so I am creating mermaids and mermen of all ethnicities and body shapes. This painting was done of a plus sized mer-babe recently. The company will only be getting the digital files so the original painting is for sale. I will also be able to print custom giclees and art prints.
I am calling this mermaid “Mimi” and she is 48×30″.
This is my version of the famous Three Muses. Of course my muses have tails and beautiful black skin and curves. I wanted to keep the painting more expressionistic with funky patterns and broad strokes and even used some hand cut templates for the kelp.
Details show paint brush strokes and layers of stenciled paint designs.
While waiting for hurricane Dorian to hit our beaches we’ve had nearly a week to prepare. It’s very nerve-racking and since painting seems to call me down I’ve spent a lot of time painting in my studio between the hurricane prep . I have a lot of commissions to do for the mermaid oracle cards from the house of England. They’ve requested that I do some ethnic mermaids so I’ve done this Asian mermaid and also a paintings of some black mermaids
Here is one if the completed mermaid paintings. “Dorian” is 48×36″ gallery wrap. I like her white skin against the dark sea.
“Merman Strength” is a new painting that I created for the mermaid oracle cards commission. Hayhouse wanted me to paint a merman representing masculine traits and making sure the undersea world was safe.
As an artist, I have been fortunate to be selling my paintings and shipping them internationally and so, thought I’d pass along tips for safely shipping artwork.
1. Wrap your painting in archival paper or brown craft paper($12) giving extra paper to the edges. I use strong packing tape ($5) to secure.
2. At a hardware store like Home Depot that doesn’t mind cutting boards complementary, I have 1/8 inch temperament hard wood ($11) cut to the size of the painting or slightly larger. Then I put the hardwood over the wrapped painting on the canvas side facing the wood. This protects your painting from any dents made in shipping.
3. Then, I get the larger bubble wrap ($12) and do at least two or three layers of bubblewrap around the board with the art in it. I secure it with heavy duty wrapping tape.
4. If the painting is large, I use cardboard or foam corners that are made just for mirrors and artwork and put those corners on before I put the bubblewrap around.
5. I usually save boxes from when I purchased canvas but I also find them at Home Depot ($23) and U-Haul as mirror or large TV boxes. The large TV boxes come as two boxes together that slide in for extra support and also come with the foam corners and a barrier bag. When shipping overseas, I even add a moisture bag and an additional wood sheet. For larger boxes, secure the outside box with rope and make handles of rope for the courier ( my days as a sailor and learning to tie knots have paid off).
I hope this helps. Since I’ve been packing this way, I have had no damage to my artwork.
I was in England with family for nine days and during that time I had an opportunity to paint a new painting for our daughters living room I chose to paint the scene from the guestroom window looking out onto the field. And I used the colors of her Decour and wallpaper. It is 40 in.²