After preparing my palette and getting a cup of tea, I was met by cheery sunlight when I reentered the studio. The morning had been gray and gloomy, so the unexpected light was uplifting. I couldn’t wait to get started.
I am restretching the large painting in the background–The Offensive. I replaced the two commercial stretcher strips that snapped. While I was doing that, another one snapped. &%#!! 3 out of 4? Using commercial strips was supposed to be a way to save time. As happens often when I try to do that, I create other problems that take more time than normal. This is the last time I use commercial stretcher strips for a large painting.
I will build a new stretcher myself like I did with the big painting behind The Offensive. 2″ x 2″s and trim strips works very well.