Adam & Eve. The classic. The second painting in the series of "Miracle Paintings" of scenes from the Bible.
I wanted the Tree of Knowledge to be front and center. And I wanted color. And pretty things like flowers and animals and a stream. And of course, a very innocent Adam and Eve.
Here it is on the easel. I think the colors are more true to life in this shot. I have yet to get professional photographs of these...obviously.
I thought I'd share my process on how to paint on unstretched canvas, as when I started, I found there was little information on how-to.
First, I buy a roll of unstretched high-quality canvas. Because I want the scrolls/paintings to be durable, I buy canvas that is already primed. The problem there is that the primed side is a white primer, and I like the look of the natural canvas.
I had Lowe's cut me a piece of heavy particle board to the size of the paintings. Then I lay the board on the floor and place the roll of canvas over it, and I cut it (carefully) to size. I then take these sturdy pieces of wood that you see in the picture and some clamps that I found at the hardware store, and I stretch the canvas taut onto the particle board. This step is important because no one wants to paint on a buckled canvas!
After the canvas is stretched, I slather a generous coat of clear Gesso onto the unprimed side. This keeps the integrity of the natural look while still preparing it for painting. I let it dry, then I move it onto this easel built especially for this project. (Thanks, Dr. Foss!)
And I'm set to paint!
When I'm done, I take the canvas to my favorite alteration ladies at ABC Sewing in Homewood. They sew the top and the bottom so that I can slip a rod into it for hanging. I then tie some nifty gold-tasseled rope on it, and walah, I have a "scroll" ready to hang in the Children's Sanctuary!