Friday, July 29, 2011

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.

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


  1. What a stunning painting!!! I love the care you take...and thank you for sharing with us!

  2. Someday I hope that I will be able to own my very own painting from you. For now I just look at all my beautiful prints I have. Gorgeous painting. You really have a gift.

  3. thank you Abby and Monica! Have a great weekend,
    Love, Katie

  4. What a wonderful story! I can't wait to hear what happened next. :) It must have felt so exciting to be a part of this project with Diana's fans.

  5. Wow- these are really beautiful. Thanks for sharing x


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