Friday, April 18, 2008

April 18, 2008

So today I decide to stretch a canvas and start my next painting "Jackson's Trip to Heaven". Recently I have been painting 48" x 48" as I like this size; it's not too cumbersome to tote around and fits perfectly on the diagonal in the back of my Volvo X-country. Unfortunately once it's framed it will not fit and I have to travel with the painting tied on the roof rack above the car. As far as painting it is a comfortable size for me as I can both stand or sit while painting and it is not too big for my easel to handle. I had a set of stretchers ready, ordered from Upper Canada Stretchers, but found I only had small pieces of canvas left. I have been using a hemp/organic cotton canvas that I order on line from Near Sea Naturals. It has a nice texture and the combination of hemp and cotton makes a strong fabric with a nice hand.