Art Word of the Day: Canvas
Definition: A heavy, woven fabric used
for support for artwork, usually oil paintings, and considered desirable by painters because of the regular texture and flexibility. The negative is that canvas can expand or contract by weather circumstances over the years. Usually canvas is sold by rolls and is made of sturdy Belgian linen. Cotton canvas is an inferior substitute. After being cut to size, canvas, in order to be usable for painters, must be stretched over a frame and primed. Many artists buy pre-stretched and pre-primed canvas. Sources: Ralph Mayer, "A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques"; Kimberley Reynolds and Richard Seddon, "Illustrated Dictionary of Art Terms"
Closely woven cloth used as a support for paintings.
Commonly used as a support a swatch of canvasfor oil or acrylic painting, canvas is a heavy woven fabric made of flax or cotton. Its surface is typically prepared for painting by priming with a ground. Linen ? made of flax ? is the standard canvas, very strong, sold by the roll and by smaller pieces. A less expensive alternative to linen is heavy cotton duck, though it is less acceptable (some find it unacceptable), cotton being less durable, because it's more prone to absorb dampness, and it's less receptive to grounds and size. For use in painting, a piece of canvas is stretched tightly by stapling or tacking it to a stretcher frame. A painting done on canvas and then cemented to a wall or panel is called marouflage. Canvas board is an inexpensive, commercially prepared cotton canvas which has been primed and glued to cardboard, suitable for students and amateurs who enjoy its portability. Also, a stretched canvas ready for painting, or a painting made on such fabric. Canvas is abbreviated c., and "oil on canvas" is abbreviated o/c.About canvas: "The canvas upon which the artist paints is the spectator's mind." Kakuzo Okakura (1862-1913), Japanese writer. The Book of Tea. "In my experience, anyone can paint if he doesn't have to . . . . During my apprentice days I felt encouraged by the advice of Winston Churchill . . . . 'Don't be afraid of the canvas.' I have now reached the point where the canvas is afraid of me." Beatrice Lillie (1898-1988), British comedienne. Every Other Inch a Lady, 1927. "For sheer excitement you can keep movie premieres and roller-coasters. An empty white canvas waiting to be filled. That's the thing." Pam Brown (1928-), contemporary painter.
Art Word of the Day
Every day I make an attempt to add a little bit more art knowledge to the Internet, one word at a time. Realizing there aren’t many comprehensive and complete online art dictionaries, I set out on a mission to compile my own.
Perhaps you've noticed that this post has been downvoted/blacklisted and you're wondering why?
@justinsunsteemit if you'd like to understand why Steemit is failing and how you can help:
You can take a valuable lesson from this. Democracy solves the problem of tyranny, and Steemit whales are tyrants. Let me introduce you to @themarkymark. He is a whale. He does not like my "Word of the day" nor a lot of other content on Steemit. He prides himself in having created a "Global Blacklist" to list "inappropriate content and spam", which of course, he gets to define. He has a lot of negative opinions about my dictionary and my posts and so he downvotes my content. Or as it seems, I am now on his "blacklist", which has been fully integrated into the Steemit platform. A REALLY bad idea. Nobody appointed him, and although he was "voted" as witness, the witness votes, just like the upvotes are weighted and the whales all give each other witness votes to keep each other in power. A whale like @themarkymark has full power to censor anyone on the blockchain, at his sole discretion, like a dictator. Whales create their own rules and have had their own mafia-like downvote wars throughout the history of Steemit. The whales are the problem. Downvoting is a problem. And blacklists are not a solution, unless you want it to be the "final solution". Whales are unethical, as all whales are, and it would serve Steemit best if it took some notes from Democracy.
My only method to combat the downvotes is to spam
Ironically enough I only posted twice a day until I started getting downvoted. Now I automatically post up to 4 times an hour in hopes to get this message out. If the downvotes stop and I'm removed from the blacklist I will gladly go back to posting twice a day. Ideally the blacklist should be removed altogether, but considering the number of TERRIBLE ideas that have been put forward by Steemit Inc. recently, I sincerely doubt much will be done.
Don't like themarkymark either?
"I've never seen anyone leave such a long trail of blazing dumpster fires. I now believe the wreckless downvoting and blacklisting of thousands of accounts by themarkymark et al is the SOLE reason the price of Steem continues to fall. I didn't even make the photo for this post. That's right, I found it online. Fucking amazing."
Look at all these complaints from people all over the Internet
Most of these are written OFF of Steemit so as to avoid being downvoted and hidden. Amazing. So much for this "censorship-free blockchain".
Groups of people and a top witness (themarkymark) are trying to dive me off of steem/steemit by harassing me
Is TheMarkyMark Abusing The Steemit Blockchain?
@themarkymark, another fake account that flags without reason, like the berniesanders whales circle jerk