The North River Arts Society in Marshfield, MA, has a big Festival every Memorial Day weekend, and they ask artists to help with fundraising. This year it is mailboxes. I spent some time at Sally Dean's studio on Tuesday when I went to pick mine up and she offered invaluable advice (sand it, wipe it with a tack cloth) that NEVER would have occurred to me. I always get nervous painting on anything other than canvas or board or paper. Last year, you may remember my hyperventilating over the pillows we were supposed to decorate (for good reason - my 2 pillows were among the handful that did NOT sell!).
I have learned a lesson (thank you, Sally). I was thinking "What would people want on their mailboxes?" Sally said "NO. Think... 'What do I like to paint?" Ahhhh.... well, birds! I love to photograph, draw and paint them! So here's my start ... and man, did I LOVE painting on the metal! It's acrylic, and they will get a couple of coats of protection to deal with the harsh New England weather. All will be on sale (and I'll also have about 20 unframed, bargain priced pieces at Art In The Barn) during the festival. I'll show this (both sides) when I'm done!