It is a new look in keeping with the Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 shakeup and shakedown. You will notice that I've placed the "next" button on the right and the "back" button on the left. It is western world book like even though this isn't a book and these are not pages and the planet has gone global and spherical where west meets east (probably were you are presently located).

According to the theories of my HTML ergonomics adviser, Albert Chan, it would be a good place to put the "next" link beside the right hand scroll bar where it is close to the drag down mouse cursor. But, things are changing with touch technology and a new wave of tablet internet users. Still, even with with touch the right is a good spot for "next" because most people are right handed.

My new gallery format using horizontal scrolls which are fairly well suited to touch swipes works well with tablets.

Click: Experimental Gallery (click or touch pictures to zoom in and load details).

 

I am preparing to make another change from panels to canvas. I decided to stretch my own because the quality of the factory stretched canvas made in Canada and in China are both poor. More importantly, they are gessoed and prepared for oil and acrylic. Since acrylic doesn't require gesso to protect the canvas from the caustic oil paints and because I want the appearance of unbleached cotton, I'll have to stretch my own.

I've learned that stretching canvas is becoming a lost technique so I thought I'd show you how I do it.

I like the look of unbleached cotton. I choose this particular bolt because of the raw dark brown specks in it. Mr. Stevenson, owner and chemist of D. L. Stevenson Paints, and I were discussing how to best adhere acrylic to canvas. We both believe that the prime coat of gloss acrylic should be mixed with a maximum 1/3 distilled water. Acrylic binds to itself most strongly to itself. The theory is: soak the canvas with (in this case clear) gloss polymer so that the molecules become entangled in and coat the cotton fibers. That will provide a strong bond to the canvas and a good base for subsequent coats of acrylic.

 

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