Sending Out A Large Work

Many are not familiar with the shipping of art but can imagine that it is probably quite complicated to ship such delicate items. Being a professional artist I do what I do best which is make the art, so when a collector buys it I leave that to professionals as well. I work with a shipper with years of experience and who also ships for many of the artists and galleries in the West Hollywood and Beverly Hills areas.

Each painting is packed in its own custom made cardboard crate which is constructed by hand for a perfect fit. The material is industrial strength compressed cardboard on the outside. Inside the painting has been carefully wrapped in layers of bubblewrap and protective styrofoam sheets. I have never had a problem with damage but I very often get compliments about the quality of the packing so I can tell you that it is well worth the added cost. Most artists pack their own works and not all of them are skilled remember what I said earlier about doing what you do best and letting someone else take care of the packing.

Large custom made crate shipping a painting by abstract painter Nestor Toro

Large custom made crate shipping a painting by abstract painter Nestor Toro

As you can see packing a large artwork is a work of art in and of itself! You can rest assured that any artwork you by from me personally will arrive packed at the same shipper I have used for years and you will happy with the professional touches done to assure that your new valuable artwork arrives in perfect condition! Thank you – Nestor Toro

Signing The Work

It is always satisfying to sign a work! It is the final touch to complete the work. I have been asked about my signature. If you look closely you can see it is my last name which is Toro. In Spanish “Toro” means bull and I have incorporated a stylized image of a bull in my distinctive signature!

Abstract Artist - Nestor Toro - Artist Nestor Toro's Stylized Signature - A distinctive "Bull" - Toro is Bull in Spanish!

Artist Nestor Toro’s Stylized Signature – A distinctive “Bull” – Bull is “Toro” in Spanish!

 

Abstract painter L.A. Artist Nestor Toro signing a finished painting

L.A. Artist Nestor Toro signing a finished painting

So now you know when you look at my work what my signature represents!

Dinner with Jonas Almgren CEO of Artfinder.com in Los Angeles

I was fortunate to be invited to attend a meeting of artists in Los Angeles held by Jonas Almgren, the CEO of ArtFinder.com the fastest growing online art retailer and gallery in the world! It is an amazing gallery that I have been with for over 2 years now and could not be happier to have been invited by CEO Jonas Almgren. Ideas were discussed and it was so refreshing to have a gallery actually ask artists what they can do for us to help us sell our art!

Artfinder is a breath of fresh air in the all too often elitist, stale, and frankly boring art sales scene. They are truly the future of selling fine art and after spending the evening with Jonas and hearing him speak with such passion and honesty I am more confident than ever about the future of selling my work online and especially excited be a part of the artfinder family!

Artfinder meeting with CEO Jonas Almgren held on April 12, 2016 in Los Angeles

Artfinder meeting with CEO Jonas Almgren held on April 12, 2016 in Los Angeles with my partner Lee and fellow painter Chantal Barlow.

 

My work on Artstack

If you are not familiar with it, artstack is a great place to view not only my art but great work from fellow artists!

 

My Artstack page

My Artstack page

Check it out!

New Year – New Mediums!

I like to experiment and push the limits…it’s really the ONLY way to make new discoveries! If you have never failed at something you have never tried something new…it just goes hand in hand BUT it also leads to amazing new places and discoveries!

So I saw some color new things online that I decided to try. One is a new type of acrylic paint imported from Japan. They are very vivid colors and called Holbein Artist’s Polymer Emulsion Opaque Colors – Acryla Gouache.

New Year and New Mediums go hand in hand!

New Year and New Mediums go hand in hand!

Next I ordered some interesting Oil Pastels sticks. I have used similar ones in the past on a few works for details and was pleased with the results so why not keep going! It’s a new year and I am always wanting to grow so I try new things all the time. As I said, the results are not always predictable but it’s the only way to get something special. I refuse to be an artist that perfects something and then spends the rest of his or her life doing over…and over…and over again!

I feel that the only way to really be a TRUE ARTIST is to always be pushing forward and never content to simply stay in the same place. As an artist I am oddly motivated to create and that is a living passionate force and not simply a stagnant frozen force. Passion burns because it is alive! You only live once so fell and live with passion.

Interesting Fact – Stendhal Syndrome

Stendhal syndrome, Stendhal’s syndrome, hyperkulturemia, or Florence syndrome is a psychosomatic disorder that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to an experience of great personal significance, particularly viewing art.[1]

I found this while doing some research and thought it was very interesting. I am moved by art and I know that most people are but this is a very extreme reaction to viewing artworks. This is a phenomenon in which the view has such an extreme reaction that they need medical attention in some cases. This was first discovered and documented in Florence Italy. I found it fascinating and thought I would share it with you.

Read more about it here.