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Saturday, January 1, 2011


The subject of beetles in stretchers has fortunately never occured in our artistic lives, until a few weeks ago, when I went to a well known gallery to swop a couple of works around. The gallery owner causually mentioned there had been a problem. (Obeechie wood is a partyicular favourite of these beetles.) Thought no more of it until I returned home and noticed ominous looking holes in the stretchers of the two paintings. Called the gallery owner who assured me they had been fumigated in a room specially constructed for the job. Problem is don't feel I can sell the works holes et al. So will have to restretch the canvases on new stretchers. (Did consider a sheep braai using the 'sheep' paintings as both lamb and wood, but perhaps the wine had taken its toll at this point...) What are your thoughts? Just an act of nature so no liability on the galleries part? Anyhow something to be aware of and maybe avoid obeechie stretchers in the future.

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