Sails at Luxembourg Gardens
16x20 watercolor stretched on canvas
In Pat Kochan's class we stretched watercolor paper over canvas. She wanted to teach us this technique for instances when your client doesn't want or cannot have glass. It is pretty easy, but, takes more time or effort than I care for unless, of course I am requested to do it. Just like stretching your watercolor on a board, you wet the paper on both sides, simply wrap the canvas and staple the paper down as you would on board. You will have to use a staple gun. Be sure to treat the corners as if you were wrapping a present by just folding them in. When it dries, you will have a tightly wrapped canvas. Once your painting is complete, you must protect your painting with a spray varnish.
I finally got my courage up to paint this from a photo I took in 1998. This was a very hot day. So hot that everyone was just sitting around the pond, nobody sailing one of these toy boats. Well, there was no wind, either. I took several different photos of this man and his cart. Another painting I did from these photos was Sailing in Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, France, which is of the children sailing the boats. I heard that they took the ferris wheel down recently. Does anyone know if that is permanent or do they take it down every year?
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