Reaching an epiphany

Most artists struggle with comparing themselves to other artists.  I try hard not to do this, as it can be very damaging.  It can even make you avoid painting.  I enjoy reading and living by quotes, and one of my favorites is one by Theodore Roosevelt.Thief of joy

That quote is so true!  When I am working on a painting, I will sometimes look at other paintings to see how other’s have created their art.  And I always wish that my art would look more like theirs.  Today though I thought more about that wish, and realized that maybe I don’t want my art to look more like theirs…. maybe I want it to look different.  Like the style I have.  I have heard my art described as whimsical, and I think that is a good thing. Especially when you want your art to be an escape and to make people happy.

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So maybe I should embrace my whimsical interpretation.  I have always liked being different, and I think it finally sunk in today, that I should enjoy my interpretation, and listen to Teddy Roosevelt.  And enjoy my colorful art, rather than compare myself to others.  As usual, I find that this lesson also should relate to my life as well, and I should not compare myself to others. I feel as though the older I get, every day life’s experiences and podcasts I listen to are enlightening me.   So please take my little epiphany today and learn from it as well.  Don’t compare yourself to that person that seems to have it all, or is thinner than you.  Or has more than you.  Because as Teddy says, “Comparison is the thief of joy”.  I for one will be embracing my whimsical side, and enjoying being different. And I hope you enjoy it as well!

 

Delivering and Shipping Art

How do you deliver a painting?

If its in person, I put some type of bow on it, or wrap it in clear cellophane. This is depending upon size. Most people have splurged to buy art, so I like to make my art look like a present.

 

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Painting to be delivered locally

 

One of my least favorite things is shipping. Besides the expensive costs, I worry about my art arriving in one piece.

I have used the Post office for 90% of my shipping, with only a few small incidents. I fixed these incidents by shipping in small boxes, rather than flexible envelopes, for my prints.

 

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My local Post Office.  The postmaster, Maurice is WONDERFUL.

 

I have boycotted UPS, after only using them twice. At shipping store, I was told not to put many fragile stickers on the box, as they might be targeted. My cousin emailed me after receiving his art to tell me the box was heavily damaged “ right above the fragile sticker as though on purpose” I had only put one sticker on box, and I had not told him what I had heard about fragile stickers. I figured I would try UPS again. This time I was not so lucky.   For the first time someone returned my art, and it was traveling from California to Connecticut.   I received the box and it was destroyed. Tape was covering a huge hole on the top of the box. I took pics then opened the box to find my painting destroyed. Wood frame was broken, canvas was torn, and painting even had a hole in it. UPS took the box, investigated and refused to pay for painting. Luckily the gallery it was purchased through, reimbursed me, but that was enough for me.

 

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Damaged Box as I received it.

 

 

To ship my art, I wrap the canvas in bubble wrap, then tape it to box so it does not move within box. This way has worked for me most of the time, with the exception of the one returned to me.

 

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A set of panels sent to a collector

 

 

How do you package yours? Lots of packing materials or minimum?

Just wondering how other artists handle shipping and delivering of their art.