Preparing canvases

I prepare canvases in the traditional way, stretching linen over mitred stretcher bars and sealing with warm rabbit skin size. The painting surface is finished with an oil primer and then tightened, if necessary, with wooden wedges tapped into the corners.

 

In the past my paintings on canvas have mostly been on white grounds, though I now plan to experiment with using different coloured primers – probably grey/greens and earth colours. These canvases will be used over the coming months, and will be primed with different tints, as required.

December 31, 2015
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