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Margery

Feb 24, 2010

STRETCHER STORIES

DORIS 56 x 30 Acrylic on CanvasThis is another figurative painting done on old window screen frames. (See previous post)
This is of my second daughter , done when she was about 19.
If you're inclined to work bigger, two screens can be attached, in this case giving you a size of 60" x 56". A little square for my taste.
The alternative is 30" x 112", OK for a trapeze act.
Or, horizontally, a panoramic landscape.
The wood was usually painted white and well seasoned. Just be sure to remove all evidence of screening. And I wouldn't strip them, lead paint or primer was almost certainly used in the old screens. These days, when permanent storms and screens or double pane windows replace them in so many old houses, there should be sources for the discards.
Every area has salvage yards, for instance, which are fun even if you don't find frames. When Interstate 95 was run through Stamford, Connecticut, (and a lot of other towns of course,) hundreds of old houses were demolished, and a huge salvage yard emerged; thriving on stained glass windows, claw foot tubs, gingerbread, etc.
I'll ask my CT connection, is it still there?

3 comments:

  1. Wow - this is excellent. The face, the hair...everything is handled beautifully.

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  2. Thanks to both.
    And yes the salvage yard is still there, but not pure anymore. (United Housewrecking)

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