"Desert Beauty"
"Desert Beauty"

Most of my acrylic paintings are painted on 1.5" deep gallery wrap canvas.  I thought I would post this just to inform anyone who may not know what that is.  It is becoming a very popular way to display art because it eliminates the need to purchase custom framing.  I love nice picture frames as much as anyone, but I think whether to frame or not should be up to the collector.  However, I do think that the gallery wrap canvas does not always work for all types of paintings.  Some paintings do look much better in a traditional frame.

With a gallery wrap canvas, the edges of the canvas are wrapped around the sides of the stretcher strips and attached on the back with a spline or staples, etc.  

Spline Fastened


With the canvas attached to the back, the artist can paint the edges, giving it a finished look.  Some artists paint a solid color on the edges that coordinates with the colors of the painting and others continue the painting onto the edges.  On the 1.5" edges, I continue the painting onto the edges, as shown.  If it's a smaller canvas with a standard 3/4" edge, then I usually paint it a solid color.

The nice thing about this is even though the painting can be displayed without a frame, it can also be custom framed like any other painting, if the collector prefers.

Desert Beauty is available for purchase here on my website.

2010 Gayle Faucette Wisbon, Desert Beauty.  Original acrylic painting on canvas, 24 x 30 inches.

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