Solution. Genie Canvas.

Our gypsy life can put a serious damper on my studio practice.  Not the actual practice of creating but finding space to store my work and the high cost of shipping to galleries and clients.  Until recently, I’ve been working on paper and small panels, though I’ve always worked larger and was itching to break into painting BIG again.  But there was the problem of storage and shipping.  Then I discovered Genie Canvas.

These collapsible canvases seemed like they just might be the answer to my go bigger dilemma.  So I reached out to Genie Canvas and they graciously offered to send me one to try.  As it’s been a while since I painted a large canvas, I went with one of the smaller sizes they offer, a 36×36 ( sizes range from 24×36 up to 60×96 ).  The collapsible canvas arrived neatly packed in a 50x6x6 tube, including 1 1/2″ outside stretcher bars, inner stabilizer bar, and heavy gessoed cotton canvas.

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Easy to follow detailed instructions for both assembly and repacking for shipment were included, but being a visual learner, I opted to follow the instructional video on their website.  The canvas arrives with two of the stretchers pre-attached, so all you have to do is fold over the other sides, attach the installed velcro, fold the corners, slide in the hinged support and voila, you have a tightly stretched canvas ready for paint!

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I wasn’t sure about the velcro but I’ve worked on the canvas for five days, moved it around, on and off the easel and it remains as tight and firmly in place as it was when it was first assembled.  I haven’t had the need to ship this canvas out yet ( though we’re leaving Idaho Falls sooner than we thought, so I’ll be packing it up in a few weeks! ), but I’ll post an update to let you know how it went.**

**Update!  The 36×36 painting shipped easily across the country from Idaho to South Carolina for only $45 including insurance.  It arrived safely with no damage to the painting and was reassembled and ready to hang in minutes!  I’ve ordered 4 more Genie Canvases. 😉

In the meantime, I’ll share the finished work I created on my Genie Canvas

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This 36×36 painting is a sneak peek of the body of work I’m creating for my solo show at Art & Light Gallery in March, Latitude.  I’ll be sharing more sneak peeks and info on the Latitude show and series over the next few months. Stay tuned!

If you are an artist who works on and routinely ships out large canvases, I would highly recommend you give Genie Canvas a try.  The initial cost is greater than a traditionally stretched canvas, but the savings on crating and shipping ( not to mention the hassle of creating boxes! ) more than make up for it.  Tell ’em Artsy sent ya!

Genie Canvas sent me one of their products free of charge for review.  All opinions are my own.

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  • What a genius idea. And I think your painting is beautiful.

    • Artsy Forager

      Thank you, Tara! And I agree, I think these Genie Canvases are genius. Such an inventive solution to a common artist problem!

  • Elaine S.

    Leslie – Where is the Art and Light Gallery? I look forward to seeing more of your work because I find this sample nicely evocative. It could be Multnomah Falls in the Gorge or a California Natl Park scene or something else.

    • Artsy Forager

      Hi Elaine! Art & Light is in Greenville, SC. I will have all of the paintings for the show uploaded to my artist site ( ) when the show is ready to open in March. Meanwhile, I’ll be sharing lots of sneak peeks here and on Instagram!

      Glad you like the painting! Your interpretation is spot on– this show is definitely inspired by our travels throughout the West/Northwest. I love that this painting could be evocative of a waterfall or a canyon or simply a look deep into a mountain forest. I hope to have gallery representation in the Pacific Northwest in 2016!