Transporting large canvas paintings

When I began to have shows in the Kansas City area in the 1990’s, I realized that a passenger car was not going to work. Many of my canvas pieces were 48X58″ and I just needed something larger than a regular car.  I went online and searched for used cars.  It was somehow easier then (1998) than it seems to be now…but I found a used Safari Van and traded my Honda in for this great Safari van that I could haul t-shirts, paintings, dogs, small furniture….whatever I wanted!  We even drove to a Backer Show in Atlantic City …packed to the gills with t-shirts display stands, signs, suitcases and two dogs.

Two years ago, ….just when Cash for Clunkers finally came online, that van became a prospective clunker when we were on our way to a dog show in Omaha, Nebraska! The Monday after our nervous return to the Kansas City area,  I traded my  usually trusty Safari in and  got a great Honda Insight that gets great gas mileage …and is kind of a computer on wheels.  But, no 48X58″ painting would fit in the Insight! This became a road block for my painting on canvas.  I worked on smaller canvas.  Even though some were successful, I really missed the larger space of a big canvas.

Yesterday we went shopping for a car that  I could put a large painting in…and we found one!  A Toyota Scion!  With tape measure in hand we walked around the Toyota lot inspecting  trunk openings. Now I can paint big paintings again!  It’s a wonderful thing.  I realize that the limitation of the transportation problem also affected my canvas painting.  Sounds silly, but…physical reality can get in the way of creative thinking.

mystical dog with cat

This painting started with a figure and a dog and cat…Now, only the evidence of a human remains and everything is at peace.  An unfinished, unresolved painting is very disturbing so I return again and again until there is enough resolution to move on to another painting.  I’m feeling pretty good about this “Mystical Dog with Cat”. Time to start a new painting! (Aug.1, 2011)

dog and cat nap in a world of their own