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ART IS THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

Rebirth
Rebirth

4ft x 6ft Oil - Abstract Expressionistic representation of feelings, flowing through the canvas.

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Promiscuous
Promiscuous

4ft x 4ft Oil and Gouache - A late night pouring of paints inspired by nelly, early collab with Steve Gordon.

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As the sun goes down
As the sun goes down

4ft x 6ft Oil Pallet Knife - Abstract Expressionist of moving paint around a moment when living in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Ocracoke Island, NC.

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Rebirth
Rebirth

4ft x 6ft Oil - Abstract Expressionistic representation of feelings, flowing through the canvas.

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"It has no bounds. It allows us to be true to our core, in touch with our inner child, floating around in a universe filled with wonder." 

Preposterous
Preposterous

4ft x 6ft Ink & Gouache

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Preposterous Canvas
Preposterous Canvas

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Spilt Set Canvas
Spilt Set Canvas

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Preposterous
Preposterous

4ft x 6ft Ink & Gouache

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Canvas Craft

Rather than running through paintings, here is how I create them. There is no set rule or process to creating art. In college I lived up to the name of "Starving Artist". If I could find it, I used it, wrapping heavy canvas or table linens around shipping pallets until I could afford tools.

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Measure

Measure wall space to fill, or tape out an area anywhere to get a good idea of size. Then draw out the dimensions on paper.

Materials & Tools

Gesso

Acrylics

Oils

Charcoal

Finish Coating

Round

Flat

Chisel

Palette Knives

Carvaggio Fine Art Canvas Gesso Finish

Staple Gun + Staples Stretcher Pliers

Hanging Hardware

Pine Wood

1x2”, 1x3”, or 1x4”

Hammer

Saw + Jig

1 1/4” Finish Nails Sandpaper

Drill/Appropriate Bit

Building a Frame

Make cuts with 45 degree angle, or angle thats easiest. Be sure to always cut the mill edge off.

Assemble outer frame first by pre-drilling staggered holes, nail corners.

 

Constantly check for square so that frame doesn’t fasten crooked.

Add center bars.

Corner 45˙ braces

Stretching Canvas

Cut the canvas with some room to spare. This allows you to easily pull in applying more tension. Start by stapling each center point, wrapping the canvas around the edges.

Staple in a zig zag pattern, fastening the greater length in 3”-6” increments depending on size. As the tension progresses, you will see the slack moving towards the edges. Take care to not unevenly apply sags or overly tense ripples

Gallery corners

Wrap and fold corners at 45˚ angles, folding along the vertical "Y-axis" of the painting. Take your time and make it pretty.

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Hanger Hardware

Optional, but recommended.

 

Buy a hanging hardware kit, or make your own with twine. Consider the weight and size of your canvas. The heavier and larger require thicker cable that doesn't stretch with time.

Install the hanger in the upper third, cutting with some slack to loosen or tighten as needed. The apex should be only a few inches from the top.

Gesso

Pre-gessoed canvas typically needs a few light coats of more gesso to brighten the backgrounds and also smooth out any imperfections.

Super light sanding in between coats helps to better adhere paint bond. This eliminates peeling, prevents thicker layers from cracks, preserves color quality, and a more durable canvas.

Painting Process