I painted my last painting of this trip yesterday, but if you were to ask me what my “crowning achievement” was, I would not hesitate to tell you it was the shipping of 16 boxes measuring 40 x 41 x 6″ via Amerijet International.
I made two trips to a large hardware store to purchase six giant boxes that barely fit inside my rented car. Once I had them at my aunt’s house, I placed foam corners and foam cushioning all around to ensure the canvasses would not move. Each box had three canvasses inside. This took me an entire week.
At the same time, I spent a week figuring out the Amerijet shipping protocol via email. Let’s just say that while their rates are competitive, they do not normally work with individuals. They sent me forms, that I had to print, fill out and scan at the local copy place. In these forms, I was to estimate the weight of the full boxes… I also worked out the logistics of shipping day with one of the women clerks. They assign you a shipping day, the boxes fly to Miami and then they get to California via freight.
Today, my cousin’s husband drove to my aunt’s house, helped me tape them and load the boxes in his van, drove them to the Muñiz Air base, and took his van up to the loading dock. Once inside their office, I noted with dismay that the
system they use to track packages is analog. I waited for an hour for the forms to be generated, had to sign each one and make sure they did not have mistakes (they did). They gave me a tracking number and I waved bye bye to all the portraits. I will be around when they arrive at my studio in 5-6 days. I already contacted the manager to let him know I will be present when the truck unloads.
Then I went to the post office to mail the three landscapes. That was much easier, as the canvasses measured only 18 x 24.” After that I had lunch with a flan de coco and a café con leche!