Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Rose wip, a lovely blogger gift and shipping woes

center of a rose, wip, cps on Stonehenge, 18" x 8"
copyright Teresa Mallen

Here is how my rose looks now. I still have petals on the right that don't have any colour yet and I am about half way along in developing values elsewhere. I haven't had much time to work on it as I have been busy getting my painting framed and ready to ship. I also wrote my newsletter last week and I had to prepare for my Beyond the Basics course which I started teaching Saturday. I have great students and I had a wonderful time with them on the weekend. I have also been out of town again cleaning out my parents' house (my on-going summer project). I shall have more studio time this week than last, so I hope to be able to finish this rose image soon.

Here is a picture of my Swiss Chard Mosaic piece now that it has been framed. I thought you might like to see the scale of the work as it is hard to judge things from a compressed image of just the art. I had to frame it in acrylic as it is being shipped to the CPSA International Exhibition. Acrylic is painfully expensive. In fact the acrylic cost more than the shipping fee.



I packed it up and shipped it off last week. It hasn't gone very far. In fact my art is stuck in upper New York state in some sort of governmental limbo land. Prior to shipping, I spent 45 minutes filling out shipping forms and customs documents for the US, and for reentry back into Canada (for this purpose I am both a shipper and an importer). I even knew my International Harmonized Code for a work of fine art (I spent two hours on the internet trying to obtain this info). I didn't use it last year but hey, I figured the more info the better!

The art has cleared customs but I have been informed that it is being held by a Non Customs Government Agency. From what I can find out on-line, it would seem that after clearing customs, my package has to be cleared by the Agency Task Force. I guess they look for bombs and guns. I would think a simple scan of my box would determine that there is just a painting inside. It was to arrive in Atlanta tomorrow but right now my painting seems to have slipped into a black hole. My tracking info shows no new developments. I have one week to get it to the gallery, after that paintings are not accepted. So I sit and fret....

On a happier note, look at what I received in the mail last week.



Fellow blogger, Beth Macre mailed out gifts to those of us who commented on her blog. I am so delighted with my clay magnet. I love the colours and of course my big T. I think I may just convert it from a magnet to a pin so I can wear it! You can also see two cards that have examples of her work. Beth has wonderful clay houses, tiles, and other art available at her etsy shops. To see more of her work and to make a purchase visit www.bmacre.etsy.com and www.hearthomes.etsy.com. Thanks again Beth!

10 comments:

Jennifer Rose said...

hopefully your painting gets there in time!

Teresa Mallen said...

Thanks Jennifer! I have had a further update - it still hasn't moved and delivery continues to be delayed. Now the story is that "additional customs clearance processing is required". Ugh. I have often thought of submitting an entry to the UK exhibition but if juried in, I would be faced with this nasty shipping business. I know that people ship stuff all of the time but right now that isn't very comforting. I am busy chewing my nails and once they are gone I guess I shall have to resort to hard liquor. :-) Just kidding folks...

Valerie Jones said...

I pray your artwork gets through customs!!!

Paula Pertile said...

Oh, I hope it goes through and gets there in time!!!! My fingers are crossed for you. Why are these things so complicated?

The rose is looking lovely so far, by the way.

Teresa Mallen said...

Thank you Valerie, I appreciate your prayers. You are a sweetheart!

Hi Paula, get those toes crossed too! Thanks!

Vic said...

Wow Teresa I did not know that the painting was so big, but it looks superb framed. Lets hope it gets there on time.....your current piece is coming along a treat too.

Laure Ferlita said...

Toes and fingers crossed, and seeing positive vibes your lovely painting's way for a speedy delivery!

Laure Ferlita said...

That was suppose to be sending not seeing. I'm going back to bed.

Jennifer Rose said...

"additional customs clearance processing is required"
>.<
don't drink too much of the hard stuff ;)

Teresa Mallen said...

Hi Vic. Thanks. I thought it looked nice framed too. The rose I am working on now is just about the same size. Of course it doesn't look it on the computer.

Laure, thanks so much for the crossed fingers and toes and all the positive vibes!

...and Ms Jennifer Rose, I am happy to report that I am hanging onto my sobriety. But golly gee, no tracking news today...me thinks that is a bad thing rather than good. Drats, drats, triple drats!