Toledo Artist Becky Miller was dying to try out a new kind of canvass that a local canvass maker is providing local and regional artists. It’s not really canvas but made from a material that provides the outer skin of certain aircraft. It’s called “Polyfiber Canvas” and paintings don’t age nearly as badly as with regular canvass. Original works seem to last much longer – and their “vibrancy” preserved. The paint bonds and infuses into the polyfiber with rich light reflecting effects that regular canvass doesn’t exhibit. Here’s what Becky says about it.
I just finished up this 11×14 oil painting, which I titled “Green Velvet.” It’s a close up of the stems of bull kelp just where they emerge from the bulb. The knotted stems are backlit by the afternoon sun. I spotted this particular one lying on Nye Beach the day after the big storm last week, after it and many others had been ripped up, wound together, and dumped onto the sand by the churning waves.
The subtle colors were too beautiful to pass up! As a point of interest, this is the first painting I have completed on the new polyfiber canvases being hand made locally by Clayton Bryant Young, an artist who recently moved to this area from Hawaii. They have the give of a traditional canvas, but their smooth texture is what allows for the velvety appearance of the subject matter. I love them and can’t wait to do more work of this type!
By the way, if you’d like to see paintings done on these new canvasses you can catch Becky Miller and her “Green Velvet” painting at an artists reception at Ozone Fine Art on the Bayfront in Newport this Saturday evening at 5:30pm.