Canvases and Stretchers

 

 

LESSON

The “buy 1 get 2 free” are cheaper however, manufacturers use cheap canvas,  but most importantly they use cheap grades of wood for the stretcher that’s processed quickly and it has a high probability of warping.  The manufacturer often from another country assembles these fast and shrink wraps them, then: they are transported (outside) to an art store, sit on shelf (new climate), you purchase and take to studio (outside), you open the package in your studio (new climate), paint it and then it sits and dries along with your painting, you transport it to the gallery (outside), it hangs in the gallery (new climate), then the client transports it (outside) and hangs it in their home (new climate). Each step in the process exposes the canvas/frame to a drastic change in climate (where it either absorbs or loses humidity) that raises the probability of warping. The larger the canvas, the longer the wood stretcher bars (the cheap canvas doesn’t have extra cross-boards for support) the higher probability of warping.

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Framed canvas may be forced straight by framing but unframed canvas is most susceptible to dryness/humidity. The paint & varnish only covers and seals the front; the back is still at the mercy of the climate. Many artists use the cheap canvases, and after painting and drying in their studio, many have warped and have to be re-stretch.  Very stressful for the artist and cost extra time and money.

That said, it all comes down to: the artist’s level (beginner, emerging, intermediate or professional) and the price of your work. Personally:   If I bought a painting for $50 from an emerging artist and it warped, I probably would understand and wouldn’t be too upset. If I spent $500 for a painting from a professional and it warped, then I’d probably call the gallery/artist and reconsider whether I’d buy another piece from that artist.

If you have to use the cheap canvases now, then that’s the way it is just price accordingly. If you are working to be a pro, then start a budget and cut some other expenses to get better quality supplies.

STRETCHED CANVASES – Made in Canada

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Our Canvases are the the perfect base for all painters. Canvases are double primed, 10 oz 100% cotton canvas, stretched and back-stapled on our 3/4″ (20mm) thick, primed with acid-free acrylic titanium gesso. It is an ideal surface specially crafted for acrylic and oil painting. This canvas is a perfect base to create a durable piece of artwork that will endure for years.  These are professional quality “Made in Canada” products.

Donna Child, Gallery Director – Artworld Fine Art

Marina Picasso A Stark Contrast

Artistes du Monde

Marina Picasso-A Stark Contrast

Cannes, France.  A city filled with all of the beauty that is the French Riviera.  Beaches playing host to travellers looking to enjoy “the good life” even if just for a short visit.  Cannes is home to many exciting events including the International Film Festival where millionaire movie stars and celebrities walk the red carpet in plain view of the tourists.  Neighbouring cities like Monaco and St. Tropez add to the mystique and glamour of the south of France where yachts the size of hotels sit quietly, just off shore.

For the past three years, every September, I have been invited to exhibit my paintings in Cannes “Artistes du Monde” show on the waterfront and spend some time living in this beauty.  The Patron of this exhibition is none other than Madame Marina Picasso, granddaughter of the great Pablo Picasso.  She selects the artists as well as the paintings that will be shown for four days in this prestigious centre in the heart of Cannes.  My first trip there was in 2013 and I did not know what to expect.  My daughter and I spent a few days on the beach and seeing the sights before opening night where we would meet Madame Picasso.  I don’t know what I thought the woman related to this icon would be like, but I was surprised to see this lovely, quiet and unassuming lady, a stark contrast to her grandfather.  She politely shook hands and chatted with every artist encouraging conversations about their artwork.  Afterwards I learned that her inheritance was largely used to open orphanages around the world.

Pablo Picasso…the great artist who took what he wanted in life, no matter who was affected by his decisions.  The life of an artist is a different life.  Often questioning oneself, but relentlessly moving forward, regardless of what happened yesterday.  The highs are euphoric, but the lows can be devastating.  None of these personality traits seemed to be passed on to his granddaughter.  My admiration for her grew with every moment I spent with her over those four days, culminating in a dinner on the beach, a perfect ending to a great week.

Since then, I have seen her every September and with each visit to Cannes I have become more captivated.  The last trip out, I felt as if I was beginning to belong there.  A level of comfort setting in, knowing the area so well and catching up with friends I have made.  Madame Picasso is truly an inspiration to all she meets, living quietly with a vision to helping the less fortunate, with little regard to personal gain.

Doris Pontieri

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