Student Question: I love your work and am very interested in enrolling in your November 9-10 Workshop. I live in Toronto, Canada and want to ask you whether you know if I would be able to have my paintings on the plane with me when I return home, or whether I would need to ship them?
Answer: Dear L, Thank you for contacting me! I am absolutely thrilled you are interested in experiencing Fearless Abstract Painting.
Salt Lake City is a beautiful city, and I am so excited for you to experience it. Please let me know if you need any recommendations. I am happy to help.
When it comes to travelling with canvasses, my personal recommendation is for you to purchase two 24" x 30" canvasses once you arrive here (I am happy to do this for you), and take them on the plane with you when you leave.
Keep in mind that you will need to wrap them in cardboard and packing tape in order to secure them for a safe travel. I can help you with this as well.
My experience at airports has varied immensely, and I wish I had a rock solid answer for you so that you would know what to expect.
Sometimes, I've been able to treat my canvasses as "unchecked baggage". Think of them along the same line as strollers, for example. Other times, I've had to check them. This of course, makes for extra fees. I am beginning to think it's really up to your flight carrier.
If you think neither of these options will work for you, I am happy to ship the paintings to you using the US Postal Service. However, please keep in mind that anything larger than 24" x 30" will have to be shipped via UPS or DHL. Safer travels perhaps, but higher costs are to be expected when using this route.
A second option is to chose your canvases so that they will fit inside your suitcase! Makes for less room to bring other stuff, of course, but I've certainly used this option in the past and enjoyed it very much.
A third option is to bring your canvasses "unstretched". Do you know what I mean by this? Essentially, it's the fabric portion of your canvas free of it's wood support. I used this option when I taught a workshop in Paris. This makes for the most convenient, lightest option. However, if you chose this route, your painting process will change, to be sure. It's a very different experience to paint on an unstretched canvases vs a stretched one. Please let me know if you wish to learn more about this option.
I hope this helps, and I must say, look forward to working with you!
Your partner in Fearless art making,
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