I’m preparing my canvas in a special way for a new commission. This is to be painted in the “Gallery Wrap” style, with the image going over the edge of the canvas and onto the side. To be able to handle the painting safely while it’s in progress and still wet, the canvas will be securely anchored to a cardboard backing. First the hanging wire is attached. Then six screw eyes are placed at equal distance, into the back of the outside stretcher bars, all the way around the canvas.
The red arrows point to a couple of the screw eyes that were placed in the previous step. You may click on this image (or any of the others) to see an enlargement. Now the Title, copyright information, my inventory code of authenticity number, signature and personalization for my collector is written on the back of the canvas with a Sharpie. The white square was previously painted on the back of the canvas with White Acrylic. This not only makes it easier to write the information, it keeps the Sharpie ink from bleeding through the canvas.
An arrow is made with pencil on the front of the canvas at the top. This is to make sure that my painting and the writing on the back are both in the same direction! Believe me, I learned this the hard way. One time when I finished a “Gallery Wrap” style painting and the cardboard backing was removed, the labeling on the back was UPSIDE DOWN!
The painting is 24 inches by 36 inches. A double ply sheet of cardboard, measuring 32 inches by 42 inches is cut. Making sure the canvas is centered on the cardboard, the backing is pressed down firmly, allowing the screw eyes to poke through. Then nails are pushed through the openings; these will hold the canvas in place.
Tape is placed over the nails to make certain they don’t slip out!
Here’s the canvas/cardboard unit from the back, ready to be placed on my easel.
We’re set and ready to begin sketching the composition up on the canvas. You can see that having the cardboard extending out from the edges of the canvas will make it very easy to handle the painting when the edges are wet.
Here’s my pen and ink sketch that’s been approved by my collector. In planning a painting, you want the viewer’s eye to move in a circle through the piece. So, here’s the concept for this composition. Sun streaming in from the upper left, brings your eye into the painting. Your gaze will swoop down to the bright yellow sunflowers, then along the stream and other colorful flowers in the front, moving to the right. The fence posts coming in from right side direct the viewer’s eye up and circle it back left to the focal point, the windmill and barn with the Texas Flag on the roof.
I’ll begin drawing the composition up on the canvas in my next session. Hope you’ll come follow along. If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post, you may subscribe to my blog. CLICK THIS LINK and scroll to the upper right side of the page. You will see a heading EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Just click the button “Sign me up!” It’s easy. Please keep in mind, to move through the blog when you get the posts, just CLICK on the small titles at the top of the page. The right one for the next post or the title on the left side for the previous session.
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