Some interesting history and great close-ups of this beautiful painting. I always love seeing the brushstrokes and texture of the painted surface.
I just received two rolls of medium/heavy weight lead double-primed canvas that I ordered for some larger paintings. I ordered one roll of gray and one of white (photos below). I've noticed that medium and heavier weight linen works well for larger paintings because the lighter/finer linen tends to pucker and warp.
This beautiful canvas is from A.E. Art Canvas Priming in the Bronx, N.Y. - I've written about this company before, but I want to give them another shout out because Mr. Angel De La Cruz is a great craftsman. He does completely custom orders so whatever you want, he makes. This is difficult to find nowadays and it's especially difficult to find lead primed linen. Also, before I ordered, he graciously sent me samples of linen (for free) to see which one I preferred. You can reach Angel via email: email@example.com and their address is:
A E Art Canvas Priming
605 East 132nd Street
Bronx NY 10454
Here are some images of the heavier weight double-primed lead canvas - linen #77
I gathered some of my best supplies to stretch a beautiful canvas today. I used some copper tacks and a really nice tack hammer and some A E Art Canvas primed lead oil ground. The tacks that I used to stretch this canvas are nice, but they're not the best that I have. The tacks that I used are the Paris Professional Canvas copper tacks and some of them got messed up while I was hammering them (photo 3 in gallery below). I also have some copper nails made by Chauvin, which are made in France and I plan to test out soon. The hammer that I like is a C. S. Osborne & Co. uphoslterer's hammer. C. S. Obsorne & Co. has been making tools since 1826.
It's great to use high quality materials, but sometimes it makes it a little intimidating to work on. I always have to remind myself "Yes, this canvas is beautiful, but I'm going to paint on this and if I mess it up, it's OK." Treat your materials with respect and don't be wasteful, but remember that they're not sacred idols either.
Canvas Stretching Tools: C. S. Osborne & Co. Tack Hammer, Charvin Copper Nails and Paris Copper Tacks
I got some new tools today that I'm pretty excited about. The first is a beautiful tack/upholsterer's hammer made by C. S. Osborne & Co. I bought this hammer from Lee Valley and it was shipped really quickly and came in perfect condition. I previously had been using a lesser quality tack hammer, but this new one is made in USA and is really nice.
I also bought some new copper tacks and nails from Jerry's Artarama, which is a fantastic store and they have a great variety of materials. Below, you can see some images of the Charvin copper nails. These nails are 7/16" or 11mm in length. They have a nice point to them and they are made in France. They're more expensive, but boy are they nice. They're magnetic so you can use them with a magnetic tack hammer (see last photo in gallery below). These nails have a squared-off point to them which gives them a hand-wrought appearance .
The next thing I got were these Paris Canvas copper tacks. These are longer (5/8") and have a cylindrical point. They're less expensive, but are sadly made in China. They have a nice point to them though and they're magnetic as well, so I'm happy to use them.
I'm all about quality in my materials and I recommend all these tools for those of you who are looking to stretch your own canvas. To learn to stretch your own canvas check out my blog post:
Stretching a Canvas Step-By-Step!