I gotta say, it's been really great having an actual rewarding goal to work toward. I need 10-15 pieces for the sudden joint show in November, and I know that I will get it done. This last week, an 11x15 painting tried to kick my ass but I showed it the scissors and it relented. That is to say, I messed up the 3-hour background, and simply cut the entire thing out with my scissors. Because paper is very forgiving of mistakes like this! Try that on a stretched canvas or a wood panel? Good luck!
Honestly I'm more worried about getting time off from work for the gallery reception (and possibly the drop off/pick up process) than I am about completing all of these spur-of-the-moment paintings. My productivity this year has blasted previous years. I am pretty much "in practice" now.
Framing can be time consuming, even when I'm using pre-fabricated frames. This is why I paint to standard sizes! A good deal of my frames were wired in a landscape position, however, which meant rewiring half of them. My last show had a bunch of small canvas work as well, so I don't have enough frames for sure. This is why I'm doing some of this now, so I am better prepared for late October. There are a bunch of 8x8" frames, which means I may have to do some of the paintings to fit those. Yeah, this is really backwards for an artist! But I do work better with specific guidelines, and I don't have limitless storage for frames upon frames upon frames. Let it work for you!
A final trial and error, I'm addressing some shipping changes for the ACEOs. Remember those? I need to remember to make them once in a while. Perhaps the popularity of ACEO is dying out a bit? Occasionally I sell one and I feel weird about paying parcel shipping prices for a $10 artwork. These cards are so small and inexpensive, that I have been considering sending them in a letter envelope, rather than the oversized photo mailer. How often do letters actually get bent? Is this a genuine concern? Personally, I feel pretty good about small letters making it to their destination. For the ACEO (and future tiny and thin printed media) I think I'll put a bit of mat board into a simple letter envelope and call it a day. Higher priced artwork will still get the photo mailer treatment, but for now, the mini ACEO artworks will be "flying coach" to make them even more affordable than they already were.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?