Preparing a canvas surface for oil painting

This is a companion to my canvas stretching post. After you stretch a perfectly taut and square canvas, you’re ready to prepare the surface. Our goal is threefold: protect the canvas protect the paint create a perfect surface  Why do we have to protect the canvas?  Oil is acidic, so if you paint directly on…

Turpentine diaries 4/22/18

I hoped to finish the underpainting on Crossing but, as you can see in the accompanying photo, I ran out of gas.  The initial stage for a painting of this size, 40″ x 50″, is about getting paint on the canvas. By the time I start painting, the design is complete.  But change is natural. …

Turpentine diaries 4/15/18

Last week, I saw one of the better shows that I’ve seen in Cleveland.  Global Matrix IV at the Gallery at Cleveland State U  contains first-rate prints from contemporary European artists.  I plan to review the show later this week after I visit it one more time. Along 4th Street is poking along (ahem), although…

Stretching canvas

While it’s true that I didn’t learn anything about painting at art school, it isn’t true that I didn’t learn anything at all.  I learned a lot about printmaking, and I learned how to stretch canvases. That canvas-stretching skill has stood me in good stead.  I can’t think of a single instance when the technique…

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During my last weekly visit to the Cleveland Museum of Art, I saw Eyewitness Views for the fourth time. Eyewitness Views is the best show I’ve seen at the Cleveland museum and one of the best I’ve ever seen. Do yourself a favor and visit the show before it closes 5/20. Canaletto is a marvel.  I am writing a review. 

Turpentine diaries 4/8/18

I worked on the two paintings in the center of this photo today.  Today’s session with Girl with a Maroon Colored Cap was the second one.  Phone Call on Main Street is almost finished [knock wood].  

Turpentine diaries 4/1/18 Easter

This is a photo of two paintings I started today.  That is, I started applying paint to the canvases today; drawing started several days ago.  So, this shows the underpainting where I’m just covering the surface with paint.  Both paintings are 30″ x 40.” I’m still using the Utretcht lead white, their Flemish white.  It…