I’m so freakin’ excited!


An oil painting on canvas mounted on board may well crack over time. However, no matter how it’s mounted, the one thing that can be said with certainty is that it will crack less than a painting on canvas not mounted on board. Stretched canvas is an inherently unstable support, but we put up with and accept its shortcomings out of convenience and tradition. (BTW, six or even ten years is nothing in the life of a painting. It’s highly unlikely that a painting will suffer catastrophic failure within that span of time, and if it does, it will probably be the result of incredibly poor craftsmanship, and show up within weeks or months of completion. On the other hand, almost every oil painting, no matter how soundly painted, will require some sort of conservation after many decades, especially if it’s on a flexible support.)