Saturday, June 20, 2009

A new lesson and a gift

I went to the Alba Studios yesterday and learned a new skill. As you can see from the result, even though it took about two hours the staples have to be realigned and maybe more of the canvas trimmed.
I have never seen canvas stretched and I'm sure it doesn't usually take as long as I took or leave the scrapes on my knuckles like I have. Of course this lesson is for me being able to stretch huge canvases for Benny Alba and also for myself so I better start doing grip and strength exercises.
Benny did surprise me with a "little'" gift. She asked if I was planning to do any big pieces and since I was asked if I had any big brushes. She gave me this monster of a brush/broom as a gift. How cool is that?


Mrs. C said...

I love the picture of the elephant!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Holy Smoke.
That's a mother of all brushes. I wanna see that painting!

Manon Doyle said...

A new skill and a new brush! Perfect! You lucky girl!

Dean Grey said...


That brush is impressive!! Wowza!

What are you waiting for? It's time to start a HUGE painting so you can use that new brush!


L.Holm said...

Wonderful gift! Love that brush. Stretching canvas is a workout!

James Parker said...

Akiko could make about 500 brushes our of that one. And mounting canvas by hand-pulling...Does it get taut enough?

Sheila E. said...

That's a BIG brush! can't wait to see what you create with that. The sky's the limit huh! Hope your hands feel better ;-)