11" x 13"
Hand Finished Canvas Print
Limited Edition, 50
The red and white striped exterior of Columbian Cafe is iconic Astoria. The cash-only hole inthe wall diner is an exceptionally good bacon and eggs joint. One morning at breakfast, I looked over and saw this scene. Sometimes I search a scene for a painting and sometimes it jumps out and grabs me. This was the later.
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 occasionally 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.