Since I knew these paintings weren't going to be standard sizes, I stapled primed canvas to my paint wall - it'd the longest, unobstructed wall in my studio that I keep clear strictly for this purpose OR for painting murals on canvas, which are then hung like wallpaper. The first finished portrait was "About Face". It wasn't meant to strictly be a portrait. I was planning to just use my Lizzy as the subject and work much looser, but my brushes weren't havin' any of that! They kept going and going and I'm glad they did because I'm very happy with the outcome ;)
|"About Face", oil on canvas, 28" x 34", Lois Primeau, © 2012|
Now with "Lizzy Blue", I actually started "her" before "About Face", but I needed to complete "About Face" first, due to a deadline I wanted to hit. "Lizzy Blue" was a painting I had envisioned for a couple years and finally got around to painting - which was perfect timing because a friend of mine gave me a gorgeous vintage frame that enhances the painting beautifully. Since the frame is vintage, the size isn't standard. I had to alter the stretcher bars I stretched the canvas on by adding 1/4" screen moulding all the way around. I can't wait until "she's" dry enough to frame "her"!
|"Lizzy Blue", oil on canvas, 18-1/2" x 22-1/2", Lois Primeau, © 2012|