Stretching Canvas

I have been tidying my studio and getting ready for all the BAS exhibitions arranged for this year (there is a lot of them). So far, I have prepared four new canvases. They look wonderful with the white gesso still pristine clean. More stretchers arrived today. They were ordered on Monday this week and today is Thursday - a super service. Tomorrow, I will stretch another four or five canvases, all larger than those I worked on last week. Then, I will be ready for some weeks devoted to creating works to make me smile in the doing and to bring joy in the viewing.

Creative Bromley

Reading my previous blog on Creative Bromley I have had a re-think. I am not convinced that Creative Bromley is really worth keeping. After all, the Bromley Arts Council is already doing the business. Why set up another organisation in competition?

Stretching Canvas

Stretching canvas is easy. Buy the right size stretchers for the canvas you have. They come in pairs and wedges are provided. I get mine from GreatArt. Tap the stretchers together and make sure that the corners are square. Don't use a hammer. Use a mallet; mine is rubber to avoid damaging the stretchers with dents. Place the assembled stretchers face down on the canvas making sure that there is plenty to stretch around to the back. I always staple the back and not the edge.

It's Stretching Canvas Time

I have replenished my stock of staples for the trusty staple gun and have prepared myself for a day of canvas stretching. The canvas is ready for cutting to size and the stretchers have been bought, delivered and stored for almost a year... The time has come... (That reminds me of something to do with a fantasy world; is that where I am?) It's a new year and time for fresh canvases for fresh work. I recently read that artists are happy people. Keep smiling.

Creative Bromley

This was Ann Holdway's brainchild and she produced something wonderful last year. Those previously involved with the project, as do I, believe that Creative Bromley should not die with her. Ann had already booked a couple of weeks in 2012 at the Central Library. Therefore, every visual art group in the borough is being encouraged to exhibit together again. Who is up for it? Let's hear from you soon.

The New Year 2012

Our Art Society begins the year without one of our most active members and long-time secretary. She suddenly died just before Christmas - a great shock to all who knew her. Many of us, who were able, attended her funeral yesterday and fully appreciated the tributes made. We move on, grieving the loss of a friend and rejoicing in the memory of one who lived life to the full.

Completing a painting

It is always worth setting aside, for a week or so, a piece that you think has been completed and then taking time to look at it again. More often than not you will spot something that needs tweaking, e.g., a highlight to be made brighter, a detail accidentally left out, an extra staple or two to tidy up the back of a canvas. And don't forget that all-important photograph before you frame. I'm going to start looking again at my unsold work to try and work out why they have not appealed to buyers. Perhaps, they are unfinished...

The George and Dragon, Ightam

Derek and I expect to put on a show of our stuff again at The George and Dragon, Ightam, over the Fathers Day weekend in 2012. It is a super venue because it's a great place to eat before or after viewing the exhibition. Why not book your table/s in advance?


I have decided that I must spend time in my studio during the festive season. This week has been barren; my brushes are dry and blank canvases look at me with brazen eyes as they flaunt their nakedness. I must clothe them in beauty. Be filled with joy this Christmas and always.

When Earth's last picture is painted - Rudyard Kipling

When Earth's Last Picture Is Painted

Here's something to think about when we lay down our brushes over the Christmas holiday...
Happy Christmas everyone!

When Earth's last picture is painted and the tubes are twisted and dried,
When the oldest colours have faded, and the youngest critic has died,
We shall rest, and, faith, we shall need it -- lie down for an aeon or two,
Till the Master of All Good Workmen shall put us to work anew.

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