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Old 06-12-2016, 04:28 PM
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Aspect ratio frustration

I am fairly new to painting, and painting from photos. I am having ongoing issues with the aspect ratios of prestretched canvases.

What I want to use are photos I took on film back when I used to travel in the late 90s/early 00s, which are a 2:3 ratio. Most canvases are 3:4 or 4:5 (I'm not ready to tackle a 24"x36").

Problem: whatever excites me about an image may get totally lost when cropped or compressed. I fiddle endlessly in photoshop to get the thing to fit... but on canvas it just doesn't have the same sense of grandeur or weight or whatever.

Has anyone else had this problem? Should I try stretching my own canvas? I read somewhere that was not great since it then needed custom framing, but I haven't been framing anything anyway.
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