Over the weekend, we got that our 25.5" x 34" oil on canvas giclee painting of A New Day at the Cinderella Castle was available for pickup. I had showcased in this previous post.
I must say, that it was much bigger, in person, than I expected and it was quite exhausting carrying in all the way to the car from the top floor of the mall. I should mention that it seems like the mall has seen a pickup of foot traffic the weekend before Thanksgiving so we had to park a good ways away from the door. I guess a bunch of people are trying to get an early start on their Christmas shopping.
I drive a 1997 Toyota 4Runner and even with a nicely sized space I have with that vehicle when the seats are down, we still must've looked like a couple of idiots as we tried to figure out how best to get the painting into the car without damaging. All I had running through my mind was accidentally punching a hole through the canvas like Steve Wynn did with his Picaso.
Needless to say, we got it home safely and it's now propped up on the mantle over the fireplace (is there any other place one would find a mantle). The space over the mantle is all stained cabinet-grade wood and I'm trying to figure out how best to hang this painting without doing a lot of damage to the wood on the wall.
This would be the best time to elaborate that I may be very handy at fixing mechanical things that are not working right, but when it comes to decorating, I am terrible. I put more holes in walls trying to hang curtain rods and pictures that I care and that is with drywall. This is with wood. I can just see me turning the wood panel into Swiss Cheese as I try to properly hang the picture.
So, if any of my readers have any experience hanging pictures on this kind of surface and would like to offer some advice, I'm all "ears". Please leave a comment and help me out. I don't know how long I have before my wife takes matters into her own hands.
As I became aware of in my last post, people have their opinions about Mr. Kinkade, his ethics, and his paintings. These feelings run both positive and negative.
My wife and I were drawn to this painting and we would've still purchased it even if it was hanging in The Art of Disney with the signature of some obscure artist on it.
This wasn't a purchase made for investment purposes and made without any belief that it will ever give us any kind of compensation other than happiness when we look at it. If I wanted to invest my money, I'd consult a financial analyst and put my money in more traditional financial instruments....haha. I'm getting dizzy from the heights as I stand on this soapbox, so I'm getting down now.
I just felt that I should let people know that my purchase has arrived and we love looking at it while we fast forward through commercials on our DVR.
For those who are stumbling across this post due to Google Searches, I feel I should let you know that the lady who owns the Gallery we purchased ours through told us that this painting is now sold out. We had acquired painting #498 out of 690.
One may still be able to find it through an Art of Disney but that I cannot say for sure because this painting was a "Gallery Proof" which means, according to the Thomas Kinkade literature, "This edition is restricted for exclusive distribution through Signature Galleries and Thomas Kinkade Corporate Galleries". I don't think The Art of Disney is an "official" Kinkade Gallery, so it may not be available through them.
So, if you are one of those people who have stopped by on your hunt for this painting, good luck. I hope you track one down.
The picture in this post, is of the painting propped on our mantel.