This week I finished work on both paintings and stretched the larger canvas. I’m fully moved out of my studio now in preparation for the degree show.
Stretching this work was quite challenging, I bought some canvas pliers which helped massively, however the surface still came out a little bit rippled in places. On the advice of a tutor I was able to fix this really easily by putting warm water over the back of the painting. I did the same with the smaller painting also because it had gotten quite slack after multiple restarts on the face and layering of block colour.
Another issue I’ve encountered is that the larger stretcher is a bit warped, so that one corner lifts off the wall when hung on screws. originally I was going to hang both pieces with a split-baton, however I might have to reconsider if the stretcher can’t be fixed. I think it’s important that the work hangs quite traditionally/in a way that draws attention to the edges of the canvas whilst not being distracting. I think I will have to wait until install to resolve this once I am in the space. I don’t want to pre-curate the piece or have a set plan for where on the wall I want them to hang, as I think its important to relate to the space and take the experience of the specific viewers in our degree show room into account.
There was a degree show shop meeting this week, about what sort of things we submit to sell alongside our work. I’d really like to make some sort of merchandise to sell, as I think some of my work is definitely accessible enough to have made into prints for sale to the public. I’ve also been calculating prices for my work. I was initially thinking around the 500-600 mark for the larger work, however I might put this up slightly when I’ve worked out commission. I would like to sell the larger piece, however I also think that as a strong painting its important that I have the opportunity to show it elsewhere, so I might make the price higher based on its value to me as an artist. In terms of titling the works, I’ve also decided that I want to keep them simple and descriptive to reflect the historical elements that influence my work. The smaller painting will be titled Jordan in a Doorway and the larger one, Sofa scene.
I’ve also worked on a small piece of writing this week about the visit to the Kroller Muller in the Netherlands and how the space influences the work. This isn’t necessarily relevant to my practice, however I’m trying to maintain my writing as a means of expression and documenting experiences.