Prepping Canvas

I've been commissioned by a dear old friend of mine to create an oil painting for her.  I'm so excited!  So I've stretched a new canvas and began priming it.  This picture above is of my favorite part of the prep stages-- I always brush on some water to release the sizing in the canvas and watch the water bead up-- I love it!  Then I brush it in really hard and get the canvas nice and taught.  Then I banged it like a drum!  What a great sound.  


I've applied the watered down coat of gesso already then went on a long walk to enjoy the beautiful day today in Maine.  A couple more coats of straight gesso and I'll be ready to paint!  I'm going to blog about my progress so that she can watch it evolve :)
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5 Responses to Prepping Canvas

  1. Penguen says:

    Oh that extra nice to do that. It's good when people can see the work that goes into something their buying. Plus, I'm excited to watch too!

  2. I love to "watch" art being made and would love it if I were commissioning a piece to see the progress as it rolls along so I thought it would be a treat for her :)
    -Jamie

  3. Mel says:

    Hey Jamie! I love your blog and it's always a pleasure to discuss art with you on Etsy. I'm passing on a little Art Blog Award! You can copy and paste it from my blog. Keep up the good work!
    -Melissa

  4. I lOVE that sound!!! Of course I would always get mine so tight that they would twist and warp and I'd have to hold the corners down with heavy books until they righted themselves...this was BC - before children when I had time to stretch my own canvases :)

  5. i'm so excited!! i can't wait to watch that beautiful canvas be transformed. thank you for accepting my commission. and thank you for allowing me to watch the progress, what a wonderful opportunity. xxoo

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