"Backyard with Crab Floats" or
"We're Gonna Need a Bigger Lawnmower".
20" x 16"
Hand finished canvas print
Framed, wired, bumpered, clearcoated.
A fellow Astorian (Astoria, OR) called this a "quintessentially Astoria scene." I loved that, because I thought that very thing when I saw it.
Astoria is full of wonderful, old houses. Few other places in the West have our historic patina. But Astoria isn't gentrified the way so many historic neighborhoods are in the West. There's a casual, working town feel to it.
You might find a few people who mow crosshatches into their yard, but you also find backyards turned wild, and crab floats hanging from fences.
This scene faces approximately North. The Columbia River is in the background, not far from the Astoria/Megler Bridge. Washington in the background.
I just love anthropomorphized houses--the kind you look at and they look back.
Backyard With Crab Floats
My hand finished canvas prints begin with a high quality print on primed, canvas roll. This is a "giclee print", which is a print made by a high end, large format, high resolution inkjet printer.
These specialty fine art printers have improved radically in recent years, often surpassing the quality of traditional printing methods.
After the image is printed on canvas, I mount the print on on 1/4" birch plywood, trim the plywood, and put the piece on my easel. Then I begin a technique called "glazing" where I'm enhancing the darkest darks, the lightest lights, and the most color saturated hues by hand.
I occassional rework different areas. Hand finishing is essentially like starting work on the original painting nearly that's nearly complete. So if I see a place I want to develop a little further, or modify a bit, I do it.
When the paint is dry, I clear coat the canvas for durability.
I hand frame the piece, then add wire and bumpers.
Finally, I sign and number it with its number within the limited edition.
Each hand finished canvas print is unique.
While not intended to look like the original (which are usually painted on panel, not canvas) patrons regularly report that they look like originals and have a "hand finished" look. Most people don't think they look like prints because of this hand finished qualities.