Thursday, January 24, 2008

Daily Painting Practice- I'll be back posting February 2

Sorry folks, no post today. I'll be away from the computer for the next week. I'll be back posting February 2.

IN the mean time, I have a favor to ask all of you artists that ship paintings to galleries. Could you do a blog post with photos explaining your method?
Leave a comment that you have done this and when I get back I'll do a post linking your blog.

I need to figure out how to ship paintings that are framed, and how can this be done without spending all the money I would make if the painting sold.

Also, how does the gallery re-pack and send it back?

Thanks,hopefully we all can learn from your comments. I'll be back on in about a week.


constance said...

Box Brothers (and similar companies) sell Mirror Boxes that can be adjusted to any size because they come in 4 parts. The also sell nice styrofoam corner protectors which will stabilize the framed painting inside the box. UPS is wonderful for shipping odd-shape items. This is the most reasonable method I have found - unless you really think you need a wooden crate.

Mary J DuVal said...

Great request, Peter. I'll be very interested to read the responses you receive.

Stacey Peterson said...

I don't have photos of what I do, so I'll just explain it here. Sometimes I have my hubby build a crate to fit a painting if it's a weird size, but I usually find or build a box that's a few inches bigger that my painting(s) on all sizes. I cut cardboard to size and put it in each side of the box to protect from punctures (i.e. so the cardboard is double thick). Then I wrap the framed painting in a few layers of bubble wrap so that it fits snugly into the box. If there's any room on top when I'm done, I roll up some bubble wrap or stick a chunk of styrofoam in to fill it. The main thing is to make sure the painting is snug and won't be jostled if te box is dropped. When I've had paintings returned from shows before, the gallery usually wrapped it up the same way. Don't use packing peanuts ever - they're a total mess.

I ALWAYS pay for insurance for the full value of the painting in transit - usually $10-15 extra.

I often order frames from out of state, so I keep the packing materials that they come to me in to use for shipping paintings later. Omega Moulding sends their frames in great boxes that fit the frames perfectly, which always makes this easier!

Does this mean you have anew gallery to ship work to? =)

mike rooney studios said...

i do the same thing as other posters here. i save the exact setup that my frame supplier sends them to me in. keep all the corner protectors,bubble wrap, and cardboard. All this takes up my whole bedroom but has saved me a lot of money and gets the shipped piece there in one piece for $0 dollars in supplies (except maybe tape)