| 05 July, 2013 14:29
Stretched canvases sometimes have a very thick edge, often 1 1/2 inches. This canvas edge can also be painted, eliminating the need and expense of a frame. In this painting, "Boarding School", the gallery edge on my canvas gave me the opportunity to inform the viewer what the painting is all about, ie. the boarding school in Yuma, Arizona, where these children were housed. I used "stencil" type for the title, the kind of type face used on wooden crates. I spattered white paint over the black letters to soften them and give an "aged" look. Some artists leave this edge plain; others continue the painting around the edge and some decorate it profusely. I have tried all three. To me the subject matter of the painting, dictates the edge.