Frequently Asked Questions for Joe Smigielski Fine Art

A list of the most frequently asked questions about purchasing from Joe Smigielski Fine Art.


Shipping on all items is free.

Prints take 1-5 business days to process, beginning with the day after you order.

My prints are sent out to be done by a company that specializes in high quality printing. Some prints, I have on hand, some I have to order to be printed. 

Original works of art take 1-3 business days to be shipped, beginning with the day after you purchase.

Smaller items are shipped from Homewood IL, via US Postal Mail, either First Class or Priority Mail depending on the size and/or weight. Please note, anything over 13 ounces must be shipped via Priority Mail, per the USPS.

First Class mail has a 3-5 mailing day turnaround and Priority Mail has a 1-3 mailing day turnaround, depending on the end destination. These are the estimates provided by the USPS. While rare, delays can happen, which are outside of my control, due to inclement weather, errors in the address provided, etc.

Tracking will be provided with the shipment notification to give you the estimated date of receipt.

Larger items like paintings are shipped via UPS ground.  Shipping to Chicago 1-2 days.  Shipping to California is about four days.  Tracking will be provided with the shipment notification to give you the estimated date of receipt.

Currently, I only ship to North America.


If you have an idea for  commission, contact me.  I will consider it.

 Obviously, I don't realistic portraits, etc.  I have been known to slip specific people and their dogs done my way, into skylines, etc.  Pets enter my scenes a lot.

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Other Questions

Every step of the process is completely done by hand.

1- The drawings are done freehand on thick watercolor paper.  The paper is acid free.  The ink is permanent.  I then add some acrylic paint for touches of color.

2-The drawing is mounted on a woodblock. The woodblock is a cradled birch panel. I stain the sides a walnut.

3-The drawing and sides of the wood block are brushed with a clear coat.  This protects the drawing and also gives it a richly textured surface.

Wood mounted drawings are signed on the drawing itself.  They are titles and dated on the back.  They can be hung on a wall or rest on a shelf.

My wife and I live in Homewood, a South suburb of Chicago.  If you want to make the trip, to see all of my paintings in  person, let me know.