Great things are happening in 2014! January was a very busy month, as I prepared for several commissions. This means stocking up on supplies. Materials, the best materials, are an important part of my work. Exploring different materials is something I enjoy.
In college, I was required to build my own canvases. I'm no longer an expert with a table saw but at times I do hand stretch linen or canvas over wood panels or frames I build using stretcher bars. Someone recently asked why I go to such a lengthy process before I even start painting. Here's why... When I'm using a nice linen it becomes part of the process. The paint reacts to the linen and I appreciate the manner in which the linen takes color. Here are a few shots of the process.
I start with a wood panel and measure off the linen. Here I'm using one of my favorites, Belgian linen, in a medium weave.
Next, I use canvas pliers and a staple gun to attach the linen to the panel. This is hard work and requires practice, getting the canvas tight without ripping the linen takes times. Rotating sides as I staple helps create perfect tension.
Here it is completely stretched and ready to go to the studio where I will prime the linen using gesso. Usually about two to three coats of gesso are need.
A look up close and you can see the marks, drips, washes, and various texture on the linen. This is a method I am using for some of my work, specifically the Translation Of Words series which I hope to expand in 2014. Obviously this process is more work and takes more time but in the end the results are worth it!
Sharing the process of a painterly approach to art, wallcoverings, and textiles.