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blank canvas

A person or thing that has nothing of substance or permanence within or imprinted upon him, her, or it, such that it can be easily filled with entirely new things. Refers to a painter's canvas that has yet to be painted on. Children's minds are blank canvasses, so we have to be sure to provide them with enriching education and opportunities so as to give them the best possible future. I love moving into a new house and having a blank canvas to make my own! These freshmen are all blank canvasses—we can get them to believe anything we tell them!
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by a canvas

By an extremely short or slim margin (of distance, time, or another measure). The phrase comes from boat racing, as the front end of a racing boat was at one time covered with canvas. They're just about to close the gates! It looks like we made the flight by a canvas. The race was neck and neck till the very end, but Sally won it by a canvas.
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under canvas

Under or within a tent. There are dozens of vendors who sell their goods under canvas at our market each Saturday.
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by a canvas

by a small margin.
The tapered front end of a racing boat was formerly covered with canvas to prevent water being taken on board. In this context, to win by a canvas meant to win by the length between the tip of the bow and the first oarsman.
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under canvas

1. Nautical With sails spread.
2. In a tent or tents.
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Canvases degrade with time due to acidity and environmental conditions.
After harvest the canvases were rolled tightly, tied with baling wire and swung from the rafters above our shop where the mice and rats couldn't damage them.
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.
None of Martin's Melvillean epic canvases were on view here, but these smaller works--some thick and impastoed, others painted over and over in the service of a spare, graphic economy (End of the Movie ...
We started with 3- by 5-foot canvases (about $8-$10 each at an art-supply store).
Nothing much can be read into it, but the other young Indian artists who figure in this auction are Thukral and Tagra, George Martin and Anirban Mitra with a canvas each, and Farhad Hussain with two canvases.
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.
As digital technology has evolved and equipment has improved, prices have come down in the printing marketplace, noted Marcel Medved, director of special products for Tara Materials of Lawrenceville, Ga., a distributor of canvases for printing.
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.
The digital images on my computer's desktop are not reproductions of paintings by Claire Corey but rather examples of the templates from which her canvases are produced.
From a formal perspective, Sasnal's canvases come closest to Tuymans in overall "look" and painterly touch.
Far from the tidy narratives of Oliver Stone in his film JFK or James Ellroy in his American Tabloid, the "narrative" constituted by these paintings was shot through by doubt, fragmented by the sequencing of the canvases and rendered illegible and almost abstract by webs of pixels and dots a la Sigmar Polke: historical painting, then, not as truth but as question.
His canvases run from medium size to increasingly large scale.