Discussing the order, my customer and I were communicating mainly by Whatsapp and Email. It was decided that to get the space above the sofa in his living room well dressed, we’ll pick a bigger size canvas, that ultimately turned out to be 70 cm x 100 cm (28 in x 40 in), big enough.
Luckily, when picking the canvas I came across a nice set of oil colors in the apropriate color gamma, named “Soils of Armenia” by “Master-Class” manufacturer, the best local oil colors manufacturer in terms of quality. Surprisingly, those colors would fit perfectly with the “soils” of New Mexico mountains as well!
As for drawing and painting, it took me a bit more than expected, about 10 days of working on the canvas, for a few hours each day. The initial step of drawing the perfect structure of the mountains with pencil was very helpful, taking into account the further colors application, step by step, as you may check in the image carousel above. That needed precise attention, because I could refer only to the original photo on the monitor (yes, full screen). When that structure was already painted with colors and all the canvas was covered with primary hues, it felt like I can give myself more freedom to work with overlaying tints, just feeling the mountains and the canvas, without constant checking with the image. And, after all, apply some highlights and contrasting shadow brushstrokes.
After the painting was finished, to the agreement with the client, I gave it some 10-12 days to dry up properly, and then started packing.
Canvas packing for international shipment
For packing instructions I referred to an art transportation company, which was providing packing services in wooden boxes for multiple canvases for art galleries, but that was more than needed in our case. So, I followed professional instructions how to prepare an individual package using materials from a construction store and found a person who would help me produce a safe transportation box, made of 2 sheets of hardboard and solid wood fastened together. The canvas itself using this method was also packed properly with layers of stretch-file and soft filling for humidity protection, hit protection and fixation within the container. You may see how it looked on the left. Be sure to expect same proper packing when you order your custom work from me from abroad. As my client said upon the delivery of the canvas: “As you can see, it made it fine. You did a great job packing it”.
Client’s feedback upon the delivery
Armand V. 12 July, 2018
As you can see, it made it fine. You did a great job packing it.
Every piece of arwork produced in Russia to be shipped internationally must have permission from the Ministry of Culture expert to leave the country and following documentation with its picture fixed on the package. Sounds like a headache but in fact it is not. I applied in St. Petersburg via email, providing the painting photo and details like canvas size, year of creation, etc. And could pick up the certificate the next day.
After that I called the courier to pick up the parcel (7.5 kg or 16.5 lbs) with the documentation (always fixed from outside), he weighed the cargo, issued my copy of papers, gave the track number, and that was it! The canvas was READY TO GO!