Sunday, March 18, 2012

Revealed - complete

10" x 10"
oil on canvas panel 

Inbetween napping and toasting myself by the fire today, I put in a little time in the studio to see if I could get this clementine finished.  And I think I did.  I'll let it sit and dry and see if any additions are needed, then its good to go.

I've been doing some research on support to paint on with oils.  The types on offer vary considerably from manufacturer to manufacturer.  I've used a number of brands, from Winsor & Newton to Fredrix mostly, as they are available here, but I'm in the market for some new ones and think I'll give RayMar panels a try.  They have a range of cotton and linen canvasses and offer sample packages for sale which will make choosing much easier.  I wish all manufacturers offered samples, I'm quite willing to pay for them and not looking for handouts.  As long as the panels are professional quality, I'll be happy.

I tend to like panels more than stretched canvas, although I do use gallery canvas to get around the framing issues at times.  The panels provide a sturdy surface that's not as prone to damage.

What supports do you use for oil paint?  Panels or stretched canvas?  Do you have a favourite brand?


Tracy Wall said...

Hi Jeanette,
Yes, I prefer panels as supports too, especially with smaller pieces. (Larger I tend to go with stretched canvas as they're lighter and easier to transport)

Brand? I've been getting Masonite at the hardware store, having it cut and gessoing myself. No canvas or linen; frugal but too the point.

Jeanette said...

I've gone with Masonite and should do more. There's the impatient part of me that doesn't want to do all the gessoing. :)

I imagine the trick is to do a batch of panels at once then you have them on hand. Masonite is very economical and available everywhere pretty much. Thanks for the thought, I must get some.

vivien said...

Difficult decisions as I like the look of deep sided canvas, hung unframed - BUT actually rather like working on board. Then framing is a nightmare and like you, I'm not so keen on all that gessoing.

I did do some panels of hardboard (masonite) with struts on the back, around the edges, then stretced fabric over. It looks like a canvas, though heavier, is easy to make and handles like board, with a firm surface. Less fragile too.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

def. panels. much easier for me to store out of the way when not being used and easier for me to move around. no favourite brand, what ever doesn't look like it is going to fall apart :p