Spring Cleaning

This week I've been getting these little studies ready for The Palette & Chisel's Spring Cleaning Art Sale. The last time I had any of my work where strangers could see it was in 2012 and I couldn't make it to the show. I'm really excited to have the opportunity to participate now! These are all 8x10in. This size it easier for me to haul around the windy city. I'm currently commuting to the open studios with all my painting stuff so I have a big backpack and tripod easel. I'm not complaining but let me just say not everyone on the CTA loves that you are carrying a wet canvas. These fit in my backpack so I don't accidentally bump into someone on the train or get paint on my uber driver's car. Also, my studio right now is my one bedroom apartment so doing things like varnishing gets tricky. Keeping these the same size allows me to stack them as they dry. 

How is it possible to be so bad at measuring? 

How is it possible to be so bad at measuring? 

I bought raw frames over the summer because I thought I could save some money that way... and let me just say NEVER AGAIN!!!! Ok, I might try again but not anytime soon. These frames took a long time to finish, and the wood is so hard putting in the glazing points has given me blisters. But I am happy that I have them for this:)     

Spending hot summer days sanding and painting frames.

Spending hot summer days sanding and painting frames.

I'm naturally a procrastinator and not a morning person. I thought of waiting to frames these Sunday but I ended up picking up a shift at work and wanted to make sure I had time to run to the hardware store unexpectedly. I took my mornings before work to frame these which I usually like to keep for painting. I am happy I started early though, these are all ready for my uber pool ride tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing anyone that can make it to the Spring Cleaning Art Sale!