Painting on unstretched canvas?

When I first start to paint I didn’t really know what exactly it was that I wanted to do. So, I started by painting on paper and quickly discovered this wasn’t for me because I was putting too much paint and too much water on the paper and it was turning into paper mache.  I didn’t even know where to go at first to get the right materials to paint on which led me to paint on anything.  Walls, furniture, wallpaper, windows and whatever else I could.  I can’t remember when I bought my first stretched canvas but what I do remember is how expensive it was.

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I decided after that I would try and buy unstretched canvas because I could then have an area the size I wanted and it was more cost-effective.  I started buying 10M rolls of primed canvas and then going to the DIY shop and buying wood and stretching the paintings I had done when I finished them.  I didn’t do it like in the diagram above, I laid the canvas on a table and held the wood in place with some vices and stretched it over.  It worked brilliantly.  Sometimes I wouldn’t have the money to buy 10M rolls so I would go to the local drapery and buy rolls of cotton canvas, a lot cheaper.

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Anyway, for years since then, I have been painting on stretched canvas bought from the art shop or online and it’s becoming expensive again because I am not selling any of my work and so I’m not making any money to buy new canvases.  I’m going back down the unstretched canvas road, which I love anyway because it gives me more freedom and there are no boundaries.  I am also running out of space to put my work so I’ll be able to roll them up.

I looked around online and it seems that there are quite a few artists like me who enjoy painting on unstretched canvas and personally I think it looks pretty awesome.  Can you imagine living in a big warehouse apartment with red brick walls and a nice Presley unstretched piece hanging on your walls? I can 🙂

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Artwork By: Charlie Anderson

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An old friend: A bit abstract, a bit expressionism, a bit of sealife

I was having a look through my media from posts on my blog yesterday and I came across some images of a painting, lost now, that I loved creating.  It brought back many memories, including all the space I used to have to paint in and that I could actually do paintings of this size.  I’d love to be able to paint a 20-metre painting one day.  I just love to do things on big surfaces.  🙂 I miss those days.

Anyway this painting put a smile on my face because it was so spontaneous and when I saw it again I thought how bright and shining it was.

I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.  Feel free to comment.  I did some close ups of the special parts. Title of the painting is Sealife Divided, I think I did it around 2004. The mediums are, acrylic, enamel, spray paint, shells, wires and marble.

RWE Exhibition

I am very fortunate to have been asked for two of my paintings to decorate the offices at RWE gas company and I am very delighted to have them there.  Below are some pictures taken.  Fame is coming my way 🙂

RWE James Presley

An old friend: A bit abstract, a bit expressionism, a bit of sealife

I was having a clean up the other day and I came across one of the paintings I manage to salvage from my move back to England 2 years ago.  It brought back many memories, including all the space I used to have to paint in and that I could actually do paintings of this size.  My dream was always to be able to paint a 20 metre painting one day.  I just love to do things on big surfaces.  I miss those days, my life was so much happier and I left it all behind.  Oh well, nit to dwell on the past, and look to the future and hope it has more to offer.

Anyway this painting put a smile on my face because it was so spontaneous and when I saw it again I thought how bright and shining it was.

I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.  Feel free to comment.  I did some close ups of the special parts. Title of the painting is Sealife Divided, I think I did it around 2004. The mediums are, acrylic, enamel, spray paint, shells, wires and marble.