|Above, Asya and the painting before shipping. Photo courtesy of Asya.|
The painting, "Three Mesas", by Asya is in the hands of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
The current status (according to their tracking website) is:
Origin Post is Preparing Shipment
Okay. What does that mean?
I did some checking and found this answer:
It means that the item is already in the country to which it was sent to. So, if you had ordered something from Canada, and you live in the United States, it means that the item is already in the United States and is preparing to be shipped by the USPS.
In this case, and if the above answer is correct, the painting was sent from St. Petersburg, Russia and is (hopefully) already in the U.S. and is preparing to be shipped by the USPS.
And, I also found this answer:
It means that the origin Post is preparing a shipment for dispatch. basically manifesting packages heading for the US. Most often, a foreign post will merge all of the packages going to one country and list a manifest of each individual package and their tracking numbers, if applicable.
Once the container is full enough, it is passed to be dispatched. When the container is scanned, the status of all of the packages on the manifest will update.