Quoting Denton Lund's technique for creating layered canvas:
"I had always believed that if my paints become PART of the canvas instead of merely SITTING on the surface,, I could attain an added dimension of my paintings. In my desire tocreate a stronger, more flexible painting surface, I've developed a layering technique using various materials and special bonding agents. The result is a much STRONGER canvas that offers me the opportunity of working from WITHIN the surface as well as on top of it.
I beging with silk=like material that I attach to strecher bars. I sketch out the image in burnt sienna oils and while the paints are still wet, I adhere a second layer of material. I use my oils thinned to a consistency as to saturate the layers and I will (again using oils) either develop it further or hold back unwanted areas.The process is repeated again and again, depending on the size of the painting. Large paintings are sometimes layered 4 or 5 times. The adherents I use in my layering process have been developed throught out the past twelve years and I have now constructd a surface that (because it is saturated with color) gives my paintings gretaer depth and (depending on the final surface material used in the layering process) a smooth or textured surface. Finally, the paintings are lightly varnished and waxed as the old masters did long ago. The layered canvas paintings are extremely strong and durable and can be cleaned with a soft cloth."
It is said that Lady Godiva rode through the streets of Coventry, England so that her husband, Leofric, would reduce the taxes. In jest, Leofric stated that he would reduce taxes if she would ride unclothed on horseback at high noon through the town's crowded marketplace. Leofric was most shocked when she agreed. One account of the story reports that the townspeople remained in their homes and, out of respect for the lady whose modesty was protected only by her long flowing hair, closed their shutters and would not look out. To his credit, Lady Godiva's husband kept his promise and completely abolished the taxes in Coventry, except for a tax on horses that was already in place when he arrived in the area. Lady Godiva's historic ride through the streets of Coventry was said to have occurred on a spring day, May 31, 1057.
In the painting, Godiva's Garden, Lady Godiva and the elegant mare she will ride through the streets of Coventry, are shown waiting in an Eden-like garden lush with dancing daisies
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