Free Cards Friday & Come To Me ~ PART TWO ~ The story of her Preparation for arrival in Russia ~ a gift for Musician Diana Arbenina

A couple months ago ~ I was contacted by a very kind woman in Russia ~ she and a large group of her friends wanted to commission a painting for the Russian musician, poet, singer and songwriter Diana Arbenina. Together they were a group of devoted fans. When I first perused the photos I was sent, I was captivated with Diana’s power, emotion, intensity and natural beauty. I was increasingly inspired to paint her/for her.

See Part One for the process, story and creation of this painting.

Removing the staples and the spline.

In order to ship Come To Me to Russia, she had to be removed from her wooden stretcher bars so that she could be rolled and safely shipped via express mail.

In general, I sign my paintings on the left side of the stretcher bar, on the back. In this case, I autographed, titled and dated the back of the canvas. So that when re-stretched in Russia, this painting would always bear my mark

The painting is rolled (image side out, to prevent cracking) and wrapped in cotton paper. To the right you see the free print that accompanies commissioned paintings.

Wrapped around a 2″ tube, and placed gently inside a 4″ tube, padding for each end, and lots of tape and love. These details made Come To Me’s safe arrival in Russia possible
Tune in for the next chapter in a couple days where I’ll show you the presentation of Come To Me to Diana Arbenina with love from her adoring fans in Russia
It’s Free Cards Friday ~ Add your note or insight to this blog post (here at the blog or on the Facebook page) throughout the weekend and be in the running to win some cards ~ I’ll choose the winner on Monday. Come back on Tuesday to see if the winner is YOU!
Have a great week!
Love & Sincerely, Katie

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