Off the Wall
This painting is ready to come off the wall. It looks like it will be about 6 1/2 feet by 7 1/2 feet. Once the final dimensions are determined, I'll order a sturdy stretcher from a small company in Healdsburg, California that specializes in furniture-quality custom stretchers for artists. It usually takes about a month to make, assemble, label all the pieces and disassemble it and ship it across the country. Once the painting is stretched, it gets more highlights, edges and finishing touches. Occasionally a painting will look so different on the stretcher that I have to re-think the whole composition!