The Art’s Grand Arrival
During a recent trip to Boston and New Hampshire, I managed to (very) economically ship home the enormous painting that Melissa and I have traded off over the years. This long-awaited treasure now hangs in my living room, adding a welcome splash of color and drama and texture to my still-in-progress space.
Without further ado, allow me to unmask the canvass:
This painting was given to me, but when I moved to DC I had no wall large enough for it. Melissa in MA had space, so I gave her the painting. Now our situations are reversed; Melissa has no wall large enough in her cute but low-ceilinged English basement apartment.
Trust me when I say this painting is not just large, it’s massive. So large, in fact, that the quotes for shipping it from MA to DC started at $500 and only got worse from there. I don’t know about you, but I sure as heck don’t want to blow my decorating budget just to ship a painting that I already (half) own.
So when work sent me north, I visited Melissa and we devised a plan. A plan some may say was risky. A plan that probably would have had serious art collectors gasping in horror.
Here’s what I learned on how to cheaply move a painting:
- We pried off the outer frame off the painting.
- Then we carefully removed each and every staple holding the canvass to the stretcher (internal) frame.
- Finally we folded it in half (humidity helped keep the canvass flexible) and rolled it up, packaging it into a long rectangular box that I scored for free at the hardware store.
- Taped it up, marked it fragile, and – voila! A massive painting just became airplane flight-worthy.
- I checked the painting as luggage. It was too large a box to carry-on.
- They covered it in “fragile” stickers. It arrived in one piece. Shazam!
Once the painting was unwrapped and rolled out, I wanted it hanging ASAP. Not just for aesthetic purposes, but also for the sake of the canvass. There is a slight crease where it was folded.
But how do you hang a painting without a frame? Easy! Binder clips! I clipped them to the top of the canvass and hung them from screws that I sank in the wall. It’s a bit rough around the edges, literally, but it works for me. This winter I’ll build a frame for it. For now I’m just happy to have it hangning in my living room.
Here’s the question of the day. What does this somewhat modern/somewhat impressionistic painting look like to you?