Sunday Summer Afternoon

abstract figurative, colorful painting, oil painting, female figure, orange, blue,

 

This painting is currently available.

24 x 12 x .5

Mixed media on wood panel.

Sides are painted black.

Comes ready to hang.

$600

It’s been too long since my last post. Life in the big city has been exciting and busy and at times overwhelming.

I was fortunate to receive a large commission a couple of months ago. That commission led me on quite a journey.

First, I had to find someone to build the large wood panel I needed to paint on. I found a place in Brooklyn that could supply exactly what I needed but I was floored by the price. The part that was really hard to swallow was the extra cost to deliver it. By the time I received the bill, I was kinda sick. Without a vehicle I’m stuck having everything delivered. A little online research and I think I’ve found a cheaper alternative for next time.  

I finished the very large painting in my very small apartment and then had to find a space where it could dry. No longer am I in a dry Colorado climate where my work dries quickly. NYC is HUMID! Not only that, but it rained almost every day for weeks. So the drying time probably doubled–another thing to adjust to.

Finally, it was dry and I was ready to varnish it. I laid it on the living room floor with barely enough room for me to work my way around the painting. Just as I finished the first coat there was a knock on my door. Two burly plumbers announced that there was a leak in the downstairs apartment and they need access to the bathroom in my bedroom. I was mortified! There was no way I was going to allow those dirty boots anywhere near my painting. I told them they would have to wait at least 15 minutes until the varnish dried. They weren’t happy, but they agreed to wait. After it dried, I had to pick up the very heavy painting and move it again so they could come in. The plumbing issue lasted a couple of days so I had to wait to finish it.

Next, I had to find someone to build a crate for the artwork. Normally, I could have done this for almost nothing in my garage, but alas, I have no garage and Home Depot isn’t around the corner. I emailed several places, most did not return my inquiry request. Finally, a company in Long Island gives me a quote. $175 to build the crate + $65 to deliver it to the curb, another $150 to bring it upstairs to my apartment. (We live on the 4th floor of a walk-up). We choose to have it delivered to the curb to save money. The crate was so heavy!!! Jeff, Josh, and I could barely carry it up four flights of stairs. We made it…barely. Then we put the painting in the crate and it got even heavier. I knew there was no way we were going to get it downstairs for the freight company. So, we called our trusty mover, Frank, who moved us into our apartment, and paid him $50 to come over and help us get it back downstairs.

The company that built the crate said they could arrange shipping as well. I assumed they worked with a reputable company but unfortunately that was not the case. The day they were going to pick up I found out the name of the freight company and googled them. They have a TERRIBLE reputation and so I confronted my contact and told him there was no way I was going to trust my painting with them. Why didn’t I use FedEx and UPS? Because they wanted more than a $1000 to ship it. Sensing my frustration, my dear, sweet husband got involved and helped me find another freight company. I won’t go into all the details, because it’s crazy, but we suffice to say we went through so much to get the painting shipped that we’re both completely exhausted. The good news is that it’s finally on its way to its new home. Yay!

I’ve learned a lot from this experience. Living is New York City is challenging is so many ways. When we moved into this little place I decided I would only do small painting because I really didn’t have room for large panels, even though I like to work large. However, I found out that I can do a large painting. It wasn’t easy, but I can do it.  I also learned a lot about shipping large work and I’m sure will come in handy in the future. I learned I could stand up to those big burly plumbers and businesses that aren’t completely upfront with you. : ) I’ve also learned that New York is just as tough as they say it is. You know that part, “If you can make it there…” . It does have its challenges and I’ve really felt it the past couple of months. As much as I love this city, it takes it toll on you.

All in all, I still love it here! I love my little studio space in front of the window in my cozy, little, 4th floor apartment with a view of Manhattan. I feel like I belong here.

I been painting furiously the past few days, so you should start seeing some blog posts from me.

I hope you’re staying cool wherever you are. It looks like it’s going to be a long hot summer!

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