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strong, coarse cloth of cotton, flax, hemp, or other fibers, early used as sailcloth. Left in its natural color, bleached, or dyed, it has a wide variety of uses, as for game, duffel, sport, mail, and nose bags, tennis shoes, covers, tents, and awnings. Waterproofed with tar, paint, or the like, it is called tarpaulin and used to protect boats, hatches, and machinery. Duck is a fine light quality used for summer clothing, awnings, and sails. Artists' canvas is a light, smooth, single-warp texture, specially treated to receive paint. Art or embroidery canvas is an open-mesh type, usually linen, for working in crewels and for needlepoint.



in art, the cloth that receives an oil painting; it may also be used for glue painting and tempera. The canvas is stretched over a frame or sometimes glued to a wood or cardboard backing; it is then grounded.


A firm, closely woven fabric of plain weave made principally from hemp, but also from flax, jute, cotton, or a blend of fibers.


A closely woven cloth of cotton, hemp, or flax; sometimes adhered to a wall or deck to serve as a substrate for paint; used to cover roof decks that are walking surfaces or sun decks.


a. a heavy durable cloth made of cotton, hemp, or jute, used for sails, tents, etc.
b. (as modifier): a canvas bag
a. a piece of canvas or a similar material on which a painting is done, usually in oils
b. a painting on this material, esp in oils
3. Nautical any cloth of which sails are made
4. Nautical the sails of a vessel collectively
5. the floor of a boxing or wrestling ring
6. Rowing the tapering covered part at either end of a racing boat, sometimes referred to as a unit of length
7. under canvas Nautical with sails unfurled


(1) A major feature of HTML5. See canvas element.

(2) In an image editing or paint program, the canvas is the window in which the picture is created or edited. It is the on-screen counterpart of the cloth canvas used by an artist. See paint program.

(3) (Canvas) A technical drawing, image editing and page layout program for Windows and the Mac from ACD Systems International, Inc., Victoria, British Columbia ( Acquired from Deneba Software in 2003, ACD's Canvas combines numerous illustration (vector graphics) and image editing tools (bitmapped graphics) in one application. It also includes presentation graphics capabilities for producing on-screen slide shows. Specific versions have been created for GIS mapping, scientific imaging and the professional design engineering market.

Canvas combines extensive drawing and imaging tools in one program. The PC drawing on top is a vector graphics rendering and the "first mouse" below is a bitmap. The open menus show image editing tools that are not normally found in a vector graphics drawing program.
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OBJECT CANVASES I take photos of my own children's studios their rooms.
Painted around 1980s, it's one of the several Mahabharat - inspired canvases that Husain has painted in his long career.
So, with our three-fortwo offer plus the 15% discount which applies to all orders, three 12" x 12" canvases will cost less than pounds 15 each including carriage cost.
More than 30 pieces of wheelchair art Tommy has painted over the last two years will be on display - including the two wheels-and-paws canvases that started it all.
We started with 3- by 5-foot canvases (about $8-$10 each at an art-supply store).
What is absolutely mesmerizing in these paintings is not simply the sheer quantity of the vertical runoffs--as in particularly bloody medieval representations of the Man of Sorrow--but the fact that their gravitational pull does not freeze the gestures, even though in one pair of canvases Twombly lets us know this was a possibility.
Photo: George Condo, above, works on one of his fanciful canvases while John McNaughton films him for ``Condo Painting.
In 2008, CafePress bought Imagekind, an online art community where artists sell their art on a range of canvases and frames.
Searchin', 1976-77, is one of several works of that time that were painted on flat rectangular canvases but hung diagonally, and by 1978, with works like With and Tug, she was painting on eccentrically shaped canvases, asymmetrical starlike polyhedrons whose own dynamism utterly changed the spatial force field within which her forms were deployed.
Customers will have the opportunity to purchase limited edition canvases, hand-signed by Thomas Kinkade, or have their canvases enhanced by a Master Highlighter.
From a formal perspective, Sasnal's canvases come closest to Tuymans in overall "look" and painterly touch.
PX customers will have the opportunity to purchase limited edition canvases, hand-signed by Thomas Kinkade or have their canvases enhanced by a Master Highlighter.