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“Misty Morning In Napa”

Many artists I know have been working diligently as they create beautiful works and getting them ready for art shows all around the country and I have been doing that as well. In fact, I have been letting quite a few paintings stack up, thinking that I would just send them out to the framers one painting at a time when it was time for an art show or two. This Fall I was asked to enter my work into three different art shows and one of the shows wanted 9 paintings to display! Wow, 12 paintings going out was such a thrill but then reality hit me as I needed to get 9 of those paintings framed, eek!

The dilemma, paying to have 9 paintings framed. It is far too costly to have that many professionally framed so I drove out to a wholesale framing business about an hour away to get the supplies I needed to mat my work, but they tell me they won’t cut the frames without a resale license. So what do I do? I call hubby at work and asked if he could make the frames if I picked up the moulding and of course, his sweet answer was yes. HA! It was far more difficult than expected and we needed specialized tools. Argh, with only a few weeks to go, we were committed, so we drove over all of God’s green earth to purchase the tools needed, glass, etc. Now add in the gigantic learning curve “voila” the frames are done in just the nick of time! We both worked very hard and although it came at a time consuming cost (plus equipment and materials), the entire frame job for each painting was so well done. The big lesson learned for us is that there is a reason framers charge so much!

Above, “Vineyard Poppies”, is one of the many frames we put together.

My husbands’ father used to own a wholesale art agallery and my husband used to be a “fitter”. He matted and assembled the frames, so learning how to cut the frames was just another step for him to be proficient in. He taught me how to mat the art but he did all the rest. This was a match made in heaven!

Below is a sampling of my art in the different shows:

And last but not least…

“Misty Morning In Napa” (45″ x 60″ oil triptych) won Best of Show in the Thousand Oaks Art Association

As we approach Thanksgiving, take care and be safe.🎨

4 thoughts on “Show Time

    1. Thank you! Glad you asked about a resale license. It means that when you purchase materials, you don’t pay tax BUT you must charge tax when selling your product and pay the government. You also have to sell a certain amount each year. Since I am really just getting started and haven’t sold anything, there is no reason for me to get one. Take care😊

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      1. Ah, similar to VAT, value added tax, which is a significant accounting burden on this side of the Pond. Likewise, you need a certain turnover threshold (high for a self employed person) before you must charge it & thereby be able to reclaim the tax you paid on purchases. A clever cascading tax that most government relies on these days I think.
        Friday! Hooray!
        Happy weekend, I’ll post some art soon, I’ve begun to paint again. 🙂

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      2. Yes, governments always want their “piece of the pie”. So glad you’ll be painting and I look forward to seeing your posts. With Thanksgiving next week and family coming to visit, I won’t be able to paint until afterwards. Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

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