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Up on the Easel | A Short History of Red Pigments

Up on the Easel | A Short History of Red Pigments

Red is an important colour for humans, and it’s not a colour that many other mammals can see. It’s thought that primates developed the ability to see red because it makes it easier to see ripe fruits amongst green vegetation.  Above you can see the mass tone of four of the more unusual reds from...
Up on the Easel | Stretching and Prepping a Canvas

Up on the Easel | Stretching and Prepping a Canvas

A little disclaimer before we begin: There are many ways to stretch and prepare a surface for painting. This is one of the trusted and tried methods here at Gwartzman’s! Let’s start at the beginning. What is canvas, exactly? And why is stretching a piece of fabric over a frame the preferred metho...