copyright 2010, Jan Blencowe, Connecticut, USA
River Valley View, 16x20, acrylic on canvas
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I've always wanted to paint on round and oval canvases. Since I have been beset by a lack of inspiration and general state of the blah's I decided that something unusual like this would coax the muse back into my heart, soul and brain.
In the 19th century it was quite fashionable to paint on rounds, ovals and cathedral shaped canvas. In fact in 1850 Edgar Allen Poe wrote a short story called The Oval Portrait.
I've included several examples below, not by the big name painters of the day, but by lesser, and unknown artits who were painting for the middle and upper classes, not necessarily the very wealthy.
They really are charming and have a genteel feel about them. I am exceptionally pleased with my first attempt. I am becoming more and more adept at using soft gel to help build up a beautiful, complex, rich and varied paint surface, which unfortunately you cannot see in the photo.
I am, at the moment, on a hunt to find the perfect oval frame for this painting, I'll let you know when I find it!
John Williamson (1826-1885), A Venetian Sunset
William Hart, (1823-1894), Catskills Waterfall