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Why Your next Artwork Should be Round | The increasing popularity of Round Canvas Art in Australia

For most Artists dreaming up their next painting – the most common painting format in recent history has been a square or rectangular painting ground or stretched canvas.

That is until now.

Round Artworks have been making a steady resurgence, as many professional Artists in Australia are experimenting and having commercial success selling Round Canvas Art.

But how did this trend for artwork on Round blank canvas start?

Circular Art has existed in various forms for centuries.

Examples of Circular Art can be seen in Greek Antiquity, adorning vases and wine glasses. Round paintings appeared again in Renaissance Art, where round works were known as Tondos. Artists such as Raphael, Michelangelo and Botticelli are known to have create circular compositions regularly.

 

Since these times Round Art has been fairly uncommon, particularly in Australian Art. One reason for this may be that Round Blank Canvas in Australia has been hard to find in regular art supplies stores, as it is quite specialised – requiring special skill and attention to detail.

But why is this format of painting getting so popular? And what has lead to the commercial success for so many artists.

Abstract painting styles incorporating bold use of colour and fluidity have been a popular choice for art collectors and home stylists in the last 5-10 years.

Considering the massive popularity of resin art, and fluid art in Australia we can see a correlation as to why Artists have started to choose round canvases.

The shape is highly suited to this style of art, as the gentle curve of the circle contains an abstract or fluid painting in a complimentary way.

Many of Our clients have had great success with this style of painting.

The popularity of the round format in resin art and fluid art seems to have lead to many Australian Artists experimenting with the format with other styles.

Just browsing Australian online galleries such as Bluethumb, or jumping on Instagram, you can see this happening – and most importantly you can see these selling.

Other examples of subjects which look great round, are portraits, seascapes, hard-edge abstracts, moons and many more.

For Artists who are looking for a new challenge to expand their painting practice, the round canvas should definitely be considered.

Outside The Square has supplied round canvas Australia wide to new Artists and Professionals.

The feedback we always hear is that they loved the change or the challenge of working on a round!

Why not try a round canvas today? Outside The Square can have custom stretched canvases delivered to your door anywhere in Australia. Challenge yourself and see if you too can have some success selling round art!

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How to choose a surface for fluid art painting

What is the best surface to paint on for fluid art?

It can be overwhelming when you start painting, or start working in a new style to figure out what type of canvas or board is best for the artwork you plan to paint.

Whilst stretched canvas and wooden boards are generally the most common choices, and are readily available from art suppliers in a variety of types; from stretched circle canvas, square or rectangular linen, or wooden boards – there are also many other surfaces which can be used too.

Some Artists are known to be thrifty, using materials like cardboard, plastic, glass or metal – these among other materials which can be salvaged are possible to use to make an artwork with. However, it is important to consider the pros and cons of substrates or surfaces so you get an optimal result and long lasting painting.

Fluid art, resin art and other techniques which harness the properties of liquified acrylic paint or pigment require certain considerations before you start painting. What will the final weight of the artwork be? Will the paint and medium bind to the chosen surface?

Let’s consider a few of the more commonly available surfaces, and their compatibility with fluid art.

Stretched Canvas

Stretched canvas is by far the most commonly available surface for painting.
Available at most art stores in a vast range of sizes, shapes and types – stretched canvas caters to those working on a small budget right through to professional artists.
 
The reason artists have generally opted for stretched canvas is its stability as a support for most types of painting styles. 
 
For Resin Art and Fluid Art Stretched canvas is certainly a great option in most cases – such as Outside The Square Round Canvas which uses great quality primed cotton and a specialty solid bevelled MDF stretcher which provides a sturdy brace for the tightly stretched canvas.

As Resin and Fluid art utilise large amounts of liquid and paint though, stretched canvas can only be used in smaller sizes before you might possibly encounter issue with the paint pooling in areas where it is weighing down the canvas.
 
To avoid this with stretched canvas, you can prop up or cradle the back of the canvas with a rigid piece of card, such as foam core; until the paint or resin has fully cured. 
 

Cradled Wooden Art Boards

 
An alternative to the stretched canvas, a wooden art board can be made with a variety of different materials such as birch ply, Mdf or other wood substrates. 
 
They are generally made with a braced backing which gives the art board support, and also helps to restrict the tendency of wood to warp when paint is applied.
 
These tend to be the preferred surface for resin art as they avoid the issue of the resin and paint pooling or sagging the surface.
 
However, the downside to boards is the weight. For very large scale pieces which also have the added weight of the paint – hanging them can be difficult and require significant hanging systems so as not to damage the walls of yours or a clients home. 
 

Alternative surfaces

 
Other possible surfaces which will accept resin or fluid techniques could include –

Tiles or Ceramics – which can be used with out preparation to create outdoor coasters or just for affordable experimentation.
 
Glass – another great surface for fluid art as the non-porous surface gives the fluidity of the paint room to spread.


Above all else – experiment! Try things on small scale first and test whether they will work before delving into larger sizes.
 
 
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Artist Haruyo Morita – A Spiritual Art Practice applied to Canvas

In this, the first of what will hopefully be many Artist Interviews – we delve into the art practice of Japanese Artist Haruyo Morita and the impact of her cultural heritage, and location on her abstract art making practice.

Haruyo Morita Outside The Square Canvas

Haruyo Morita in her studio – Photograph credit Michael K Chin

Tell us a bit about you and your background – where are you based and what do you do?

I was born and raised in a small town of Japan. My home town is well known for pottery and Washi paper making. Surrounded by mountains, rice field and green tea farms. It is a very remote area.

So it was natural for me to start creating art at young age.

I was based in Sydney for 13 years and few weeks ago I moved to Nantes in France.  

I do mainly abstract work. Using Japanese calligraphy ink, mineral pigments and shell powder, gold and silver leaf on to Belgian linen that I stretch myself. 

Can you tell me a bit about your art practice? How do you work? And how has your artwork or approach to artmaking changed over time?

My inspiration for art always has been a spiritual practice. As I grew up in Japan, we didn’t have any religious study. So what I mean by spiritual practice is – seeking / imagining or visualising where I’m coming from, where I’m going and who I am now.   

Instead of seeking ‘God’ elsewhere, my spiritual practice is more for improving and focusing my own practice and to being a better human being. Painting is something I do this for I think. 

Usually I start with short meditation. It’s very important for me to do so. Making my self calm and centered, emptied, to be like a bamboo.  Then something happens in the form of art.

I started with oil paint, painting different subjects. I used to love it. One day I didn’t feel like painting objects, and then stopped using oil. At that point I changed to water colours and ink and pigments. 

It’s always changing and it’ll change more in the future. But I don’t think my core concept in art will ever change.

Assuming you have dabbled with different mediums, what drives your desire to use your most favoured medium?

When I was little I learned calligraphy at school. I loved it. So I took lessons after school and continued practicing for over 10 years. So I think using Japanese calligraphy ink for my paining is coming from that. 

Simply it’s a very comfortable medium to use. And I love the smell of the ink. It brings me back in to the calming state straight away.

Often black is too strong and not suitable for every art style. However in my country black represent many different colors. I can create many different shades of grays with Japanese calligraphy ink. So I think it’s a life time journey of discovering how I can use this medium in to my art.

 

Can you name one thing from your artists toolkit you couldn’t live without?

Has to be one? Japanese ink… At the moment.

 

What is the hardest part about being a creative person or an artist in your experience? What has been your biggest challenge?

Everything is challenge.. But finding a studio space and materials that suits to what I want to create at the time is always a challenge. 

Instagram and Facebook  are my research field. I often talk to other artists  asking what they use, where they are getting the materials from.. 

Every country has different art supply brand and interesting mediums and tools. So I like discovering new things and combine with what I have. 

That experiment brings me a lot of inspiration sometimes. 

The place I’m living in now is known for salt. I’m excited to use this special salt in to my new art.

Can you name three artists you admire, or would suggest we take a look at?

I always love Monet. First time when I saw his painting at the Orangerie museum in Paris I was shocked. I felt something changed in myself. I think his paintings are some of the most powerful.

In front of painting I always close my eyes for few seconds and make a wish. I feel like something good will come true in front of his art, in my imagination.

Also Mark Rothko, Giorgio Morandi, Joan Miró… I also like French artist Genevieve Asse. Her blues are a miracle. 

I follow so many artists on Instagram but I’m big fan of Australian Artist Adam Lee, Canadian Sculptor David Altmejd , @actuallycraig , …… I have too many favorites!