Today I stretch the canvas. I buy my canvas from Dick Blick on a roll and I had the stretcher bars built already by my friend, Jan. I recently learned a new trick about stretching the canvas which is to first anchor it at all four sides (8 staples) then begin balancing the opposite sides and work my way to the edges......remove the 8 staples and finish up with the corners......this painting won't be framed so the stretching of the corners is important. Below are two stretchers that are due to become paintings soon!
The one on the left is 48 x 60 and the other is 40 x 60. Great sizes! Can't wait. Working big has a way of being cathartic and serves as an amazing teacher! Every large painting I've completed has taken me in a somewhat new direction.