Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Maroon Cascade Peonies an Easy Way to Ship Home Wet Paintings by Nancy Medina

Maroon Cascade Peonies
Oil on Archival Panel
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Class Demonstration

Maroon Cascade Peonies was my class demonstration in North Texas, as I pack up supplies for my Florida workshop. I've learned how to juggle supplies between overlapping events and workshops, and always have at least three easels, two sets of traveling paints, and multiple palettes and turp cans all juggling about simultaneously.

I've learned an easy way to carry my wet paintings home - I call it the Gallery Wrap Pancake Stack. I paint primarily on panels, so I purchased a set of 4 16X20 gallery wrap canvases. I lay my wet paintings (which are on 16X20 panels) between the gallery wrap canvases. I make sure the wet front of each painting is facing the back of the gallery wrap canvas, where the "gap" is behind the canvas. This way, the wet surface is only touching the gallery wrap canvas around the edges. If there is any touching, it is just around the edges, easy to fix when I get home. Lastly, I stack another and another, pancaking them one on top of another, laying one panel between each gallery wrap canvas. I place the whole stack in a clear plastic bag and duct tape the stack securely.  I've tried thumbtacks, nickels, pennies, sticky rubber tabs, and a number of other ways to keep wet paintings on panels from touching one another, and all of these have their faults. Sticky things often refuse to come off the back of panels (which is not an attractive feature for a painting you wish to sell), thumb tacks and push pins and nickles slip and slide enroute, and panel carriers are expensive if they are worthwhile, and collapse if they are cheap.

Lastly I slide the whole thing into my checked luggage. The gallery wrap pancake stack is much cheaper than a panel carrier, and easier, especially when you're in a hurry to get to the airport!

I'll be sharing this tip, and dozens of others, during my April 16-19 spring flower painting and marketing workshop in the Texas Hill Country. Read more...

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