Have a Fabulous Holiday

Thank you for your continued appreciation.  Have a Happy and Safe Holiday

Marc and Jackie

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Art Walk Tonight Thursday Dec. 4th 6 to 8

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RECEPTION THURSDAY NIGHT 6 TO 9 NOVEMBER 6

Hope to see you Thursday night. Here are some new works hanging in gallery.604

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What Marc Is Working On Now

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Did You Get Your Wife Flowers for Mother’s Day?

Here is a group of never seen before flowers from my studio.

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Cotton and Linen part 2

Back of painting on cotton has mechanical texture

Back of painting on cotton has mechanical texture you can click on to see clearer

back of painting on linen irregular weave back of painting on linen has irregular texture

back of painting on linen irregular weave you can click on any of these pics

another painting on wood board

another painting on wood board

 

wooden 'key' is pushed into slot to tighten canvas

wooden ‘key’ is pushed into slot to tighten canvas

slots in corner of artist's canvas

slots in corner of artist’s canvas

This is an old painting I did on a wood board, shows off brushstrokes

This is an old painting I did on a wood board, shows off brushstrokes

painting on cotton

painting on cotton

A close up shows the texture the cotton   see under the eye

A close up shows the texture the cotton see under the eye

close up show cottons texture

close up show cottons texture

Maybe the title of this blog should be “More than you need or want to know about the differences between cotton and linen”. I thought I should add some final words on the subject and include some illuminating pics, It occurred to me that the art gallery visitor might not be able to determine what the painting he is considering is painted on. As I talked about in the earlier blog, paintings can be on linen or cotton and I might as well mention wood panel too (also for that matter glass, metal, ceramic and paper but these are rare). If you look at the back of a painting you will see either cloth or a board. If you see cloth it’s either cotton cloth or linen. You can easily tell them apart the cotton is off white and linen is usually a darker khaki. I’ve included some pictures and tried to show the textural differences I talked about earlier. It does not matter how expensive the cotton is, it always seems to give an annoying mechanical quality to the paint surface. Linen cost about 35 dollars a yard and cotton is much cheaper. The oldest paintings were done on wood. Centuries ago paintings were made with tempera paint and this required a stiff support. With the invention and popularization of oil paints cloth became a viable option. Cloth is lighter which becomes important with large paintings. Wood seems to be a good choice for small paintings and work on wood has a beautiful way of showing off brush strokes but with larger work you have to worry about warping and the weight. With cloth, especially linen, you have a hygroscopic fabric in other words it can expand on humid days just like your linen shorts. This hygroscopic effect is something you probably don’t have to worry about because in the late 19th century artist started using specially designed stretcher bars that can be adjusted (While you’re looking at the back of the painting you will notice that the wooden bars have little slots in the corners. Wooden keys can be pushed into these slots to keep the canvas tight). One more curve, if you see a board in the back of a painting it could be a canvas painting glued to a board which is not uncommon, look for a cloth texture on the painting surface. Oh boy what started out as a simple explanation for the amateur gallery visitor has kind of exploded on me so I’ll end it here. A final thought, although the support of the painting is interesting what an artist does on top of the support is of much greater consequence. The next time your wife, husband, friend drags you along to a gallery you now have something to talk about.

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