In using cheaper, flatter styled stretcher bars I quickly found they weren’t up to the task.
Back tracking a bit, in my current studio it’s impossible, however much I’ve tried, to make the walls useable (smooth enough) for stapling canvas onto and painting. Thus all my works have slowly made the transition to stretcher bars so that I can place them on an easel. Not ideal for me but it does have it’s benefits.
Still, the first series of stretchers I purchased simply weren’t up to the task. The pressure I place onto the canvas quickly reveals the stretcher bars beneath in a sort of ‘ghosting’ effect. I’ve been aware of this simple problem for a a long time now but in this case I’d hoped the bevel on the stretchers would be enough to prevent this. Alas, I was wrong.
So instead of changing my painting style drastically to that of more ‘closed style’ painting, I opted to experiment and in doing so I came up with this. Not ground-breaking for certain but within the experimentation came a composition not unlike a fireman wrapped in the chaos of a building on fire.