First Tomatoes

2013-5-11 first tomatos and Sissie

Our FIRST tomatoes of the year! Sissie, one of our shelter kitties, just had to check them out before I brought them in from the garden.

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Collaborations are so much fun to do. This one is a little different. My collector wants the image painted around the edges of a gallery wrap canvas. I have to do some advance preparation on the canvas before painting begins. After labeling the back of the piece with the title, code of authenticity, my signature and personalizing it to the client I attach a hanging wire and hanger. I pencil an arrow on the front of the canvas indicating UP. I’ve made the mistake of not doing this step and ended up with the labeling on the back upside down to the painting. Then screw eyes are put in the stretcher bars on three sides. Note the red arrows.

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A double ply piece of cardboard is cut that extends beyond the canvas by approximately 3 inches on each side. The canvas is centered on the cardboard and lightly pressed down.

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The screw eyes make an indentation in the cardboard. They are enlarged with an icepick.

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The canvas is placed back on the cardboard and the screw eyes pushed all the way through the holes. Then a nail is inserted through the screw eye that extends beyond the surface of the cardboard. This securely holds the canvas tightly against the cardboard.

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Since the piece will be painted on the sides the cardboard makes it much easier to handle the wet painting. It will also allow us to ship the piece safely before it is totally dry. The thicker globs of oil paint take up to 6 months to dry completely through, I don’t think our collector wants to wait that long to begin enjoying her special piece. Thank you for following along today, hope you’ll come back and watch the progress. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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9 Responses to “First Tomatoes”

  1. rusty645Russell McCrackin Says:

    While you are installing 3 screw eyes to fasten the canvas to the cardboard, you should install a hanging wire so the owner doesn’t have to do so while the paint is still slightly wet. I never release a painting without the hanging wire installed.

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Rusty,
      Thank you for the advice. If you will read my blog you will find I mentioned attaching the hanging wire and hanger. You can also see it in the picture. I appreciate you following my blog. Have a great evening, Mikki

  2. rusty645 Russell McCrackin Says:

    Thanks for the quick response. Sorry I didn’t see your hanging wire, or read closely enough. Now I see your hanging wire OK, but have never put the fastenings half way up the sides of the frame, with a very slack wire. I think this would allow the top of the painting to hang out quite a way from the wall. I usually fasten about one third or one quarter of the distance down the sides from the top, and allow very little slack in the wire. Then the painting seems to stay close to the wall at the top. Just a suggestion.

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Russell, We’ve been doing our hanging wire like this for many years. Since we don’t frame my pieces in a heavy frame they stay close to the wall at the top. Also the longer wire makes it easier to hang the painting. It gives a little more room to reach up under the painting and put the wire over the hanger. If I were using traditional framing we would definitely use a shorter wire. I really appreciate you taking the time to make the suggestion. Mikki

  3. Patrice Kelly Says:

    Thank you , lord those tomatoes look delicious .

    Sent from my iPad

  4. hparkerfineart Says:

    Thank you Mikki for this excellent demonstration. Great idea about the cardboard and I will use it, Helga

  5. nanseesart Says:

    That’s a really great idea attaching the cardboard before painting it. Never would have thought of that! That way, you can turn it any way you want to paint the edges and never have to touch the actual painting. Great tip!

    BTW, since you mail them out so quickly, you couldn’t possibly varnish them or give them some type of “sealer” could you? Do you ever varnish or seal, put a UV coating on them or anything?

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Nancy,
      This is a great question. We do varnish my pieces before they are shipped. We use Grumbacher SPRAY Retouch Varnish. This is specifically made to use for freshly done oil paintings. I don’t need to use a UV coating or sealer since I paint in oils. Hope this helps. Mikki

  6. nanseesart Says:

    Hi Mikki,
    Not knowing that much about oils, can you explain why IV coating is not needed for oils? Thanks for your help!

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