With the exception of my works on paper, I prefer to paint on canvas that is gallery wrapped. A gallery wrapped canvas is simply a canvas that doesn’t have any visible staples or nails holding the canvas to the bars on the sides. Quite often with a gallery-wrap canvas, the edges are painted and the painting hung unframed.
There is no rule when it comes to dealing with the edges of a canvas. It’s a matter of personal preference. I like to continue the painting onto the sides, frequently in as much detail as on the front of the canvas.
Some artists think it’s enough to just paint the edges a single color, or perhaps two. I think that leaving the edges white makes them stand out too much, as does painting them black, unless the painting is dominated by very dark colors.
I like the look of an extended painting. When the sides are part of the painting it adds dimension so that the viewer is seeing part of the painting before facing it.
When I’m painting I try to remember to do the edges at the same time as the initial blocking-in of shapes. The sides then become an important part of the painting. Also, that way I don’t have to be careful when I do it, trying to match paint colors and texture. It’s also a way to use up excess paint on my brush when I’m about to use another color. Then when I’ve finished the painting, I touch up the edges if needed.
All of my paintings on canvas are gallery wrapped. Are you partial to gallery wrapped canvas or do you prefer a frame?