Commissioned - and - First Purchased
Hadn't mentioned that I was finishing up a commission for the Atlanta gallery... seems a vertical landscape had been purchased but another was needed of the same size for the other side of the bookcase or whatever, not too 'matchy' but obviously of the same character. The first effort was delivered and nixed as it didn't seem to have the same quality of texture, I told them I couldn't match the texture without having the first painting in studio. So both were shipped back to me. Jpegs and email make commissions so much easier these days, especially when there's distance and a decorator involved. After a couple of attempts, the painting was approved, so now to pack and ship with fingers crossed... jpegs have been known to lie!
On another front, repair work underway... any time work returns from one gallery and before sending it off to another, each piece gets a good going over for dings along the edges and corners. It happens. The work is not framed and paint extends on all vulnerable surfaces. This has occasionally meant even on the flat surface of the work, but not usually. It's along the edges and corners that I usually find scrapes and bruises. Work goes out on approval and even I have been known to whap a big one into a door frame... I understand. It's part of the dance. Usually, when going to a distant gallery, I'll take along a "repair" kit of several mixable colors, a butter lid palette and small brush... just in case. Just normal wear and tear until a work finds a permanent home on a wall somewhere... the galleries do an amazing job taking care of so much inventory for bunches of artists!