To continue the saga of trying to catch up with the back-log of studio chores: I finally got a stretcher made and the big Golden Canyon Revisited (a version of a plein air work I did in Death Valley) stretched and wired. Here’s the stretcher, drying with its coat of acrylic sealer:
I started to put the canvas on this honking big stretcher without sealing it. I only had to remove two staples from the almost fixed canvas and then paint the frame, twice. The sealing dried, I stretched the beast, and Jer and I installed it in my favorite auditioning space over the dining room table.
The painting wraps around the edges of the wide stretcher bars, so it doesn’t need framed:
Golden Canyon Revisited. about 52 x 56, Oil on canvas, 2009
When Jef Gunn, whose plein air group I have joined this summer, came by, he was impressed by the size and the painting itself, but noted that the stretching wasn’t tight enough to bounce that quarter. In fact, the painting balloons a bit off the boards, a look I rather like. When I asked Jef why you had to pull the canvas so taut (I never have been able to do so, even with the tool that supposed to make it possible), he said it was because that’s what “they” always said to do. And then he accused me of being a contrarian.
Me? Me??? Nope. Just a wimp. –June