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The First Day
The First Day

I have been working on small (6 x 6 inch and 5 x 7 and 8 x 10 inch) oil still lifes. I needed a break to get back to working larger in acrylics making a landscape. I have been working in acrylics for 10 years and only recently (couple years) have been using oil. The difference is incredible. Especially in the dry climate of Arizona the acrylics dry very fast. I have been adding a little retarder to slow down the drying time so I can work with it. I used to consider it a positive that this speedy drying allowed to me over paint but now after using the oils I find I miss the – this is a technical term – “smooshiness” of the oil. LOL

This is a 24 x 30 canvas. It will be “gallery wrapped” defined by Wikipedia as: Gallery wrap is a method of stretching an artist's canvas so that the canvas wraps around the sides (Stretcher Bar or strainer bars) and is secured to the back of the wooden frame. The frame is usually 1.25" thick. As a result, the hardware (staples or tacks) used to secure the canvas is not visible. The sides of the canvas are prepared and primed in the same manner as the face. They may then be painted a solid color or painted to continue the image appearing on the face. This method of stretching and preparing a canvas allows for a frameless presentation of the finished painting or photograph.

In canvas printing, the term gallery wrap refers to an image that appears on the sides of the frame as well as the front. The image on the sides is either a continuation or a reflection of the main image, or an otherwise fabricated element such as a solid color or colors derived from the adjacent image.

Gallery wrap is a very popular way to display art.

I am continuing the painting around the sides.

This is the first day.

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