Have you ever thought about the process that takes place before a piece of art appears ready for sale on a gallery wall?
Today, I’m giving you an inside look into the steps involved in the gap between a painting on the easel and art that is ready to go home with you.
I recently painted this piece of a walk toward a South Carolina low country beach. It was mostly finished, but I like to let it rest for a few days and look at it with fresh eyes before I call it finished and send it out into the world.
When the Art Committee at Still Hopes requested an additional piece for an easel in another building promoting my Abiding Trees exhibition in the wellness center, I decided to finish this piece. Here is my finishing checklist and some pictures of the process…
- Make any final adjustments to the image (can you see what I changed?)
- Sign with my chop in lower right corner
- Varnish (3 coats)
- Record in art inventory database
- Decide how to frame
- Frame and wire for hanging
- Make a label
- Deliver work to Still Hopes
- Post on blog, newsletter, and social media
Abiding Trees continues through the end of November at Still Hopes. Click here for all the details.