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Canvas is an durable plain-woven fabric used for making sails, marquees and other items for which sturdiness is required, as well as in such fashion objects as handbags, electronic device cases, shoes. It is popularly used by artists as a painting surface stretched across a wooden frame. Modern canvas is made of cotton or linen, along with polyvinyl chloride, although it was made from hemp, it differs from other heavy cotton fabrics, such as denim, in being plain weave rather than twill weave. Canvas comes in two basic types: plain and duck; the threads in duck canvas are more woven. The term duck comes from the Dutch word for doek. In the United States, canvas is classified in two ways: by a graded number system; the numbers run in reverse of the weight so a number 10 canvas is lighter than number 4. Canvas has become the most common support medium for oil painting, it was used from the 14th century in Italy, but only rarely. One of the earliest surviving oils on canvas is a French Madonna with angels from around 1410 in the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin.

The word "canvas" is derived from the Old French canevas. Both may be derivatives of the Vulgar Latin cannapaceus for "made of hemp", originating from the Greek κάνναβις. Canvas has become the most common support medium for oil painting, it was used from the 14th century in Italy, but only rarely. One of the earliest surviving oils on canvas is a French Madonna with angels from around 1410 in the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, its use in Saint George and the Dragon by Paolo Uccello in about 1470, Sandro Botticelli's Birth of Venus in the 1480s was still unusual for the period. Large paintings for country houses were more to be on canvas, are less to have survived, it was a good deal cheaper than a panel painting, may sometime indicate a painting regarded as less important. In the Uccello, the armour does not use silver leaf. Another common category of paintings on lighter cloth such as linen was in distemper or glue used for banners to be carried in procession; this is a less durable medium, surviving examples such as Dirk Bouts' Entombment, in distemper on linen are rare, rather faded in appearance.

Panel painting remained more common until the 16th century in Italy and the 17th century in Northern Europe. Mantegna and Venetian artists were among those leading the change. Canvas is stretched across a wooden frame called a stretcher and may be coated with gesso before it is to be used. A traditional and flexible chalk gesso is composed of lead carbonate and linseed oil, applied over a rabbit skin glue ground; as lead-based paint is poisonous, care has to be taken in using it. Various alternative and more flexible canvas primers are commercially available, the most popular being a synthetic latex paint composed of titanium dioxide and calcium carbonate, bound with a thermo-plastic emulsion. Many artists have painted onto unprimed canvas, such as Jackson Pollock, Kenneth Noland, Francis Bacon, Helen Frankenthaler, Dan Christensen, Larry Zox, Ronnie Landfield, Color Field painters, Lyrical Abstractionists and others. Staining acrylic paint into the fabric of cotton duck canvas was more benign and less damaging to the fabric of the canvas than the use of oil paint.

In 1970 artist Helen Frankenthaler commented about her use of staining: When I first started doing the stain paintings, I left large areas of canvas unpainted, I think, because the canvas itself acted as forcefully and as positively as paint or line or color. In other words, the ground was part of the medium, so that instead of thinking of it as background or negative space or an empty spot, that area did not need paint because it had paint next to it; the thing was to decide where to leave it and where to fill it and where to say this doesn't need another line or another pail of colors. It's saying it in space. Early canvas was made of a sturdy brownish fabric of considerable strength. Linen is suitable for the use of oil paint. In the early 20th century, cotton canvas referred to as "cotton duck", came into use. Linen is composed of higher quality material, remains popular with many professional artists those who work with oil paint. Cotton duck, which stretches more and has an mechanical weave, offers a more economical alternative.

The advent of acrylic paint has increased the popularity and use of cotton duck canvas. Linen and cotton derive from two different plants, the flax plant and the cotton plant, respectively. Gessoed canvases on stretchers are available, they are available in a variety of weights: light-weight is about 4 oz or 5 oz. They are ready for use straight away. Artists desiring greater control of their painting surface may add a coat or two of their preferred gesso. Professional artists who wish to work on canvas may prepare their own canvas in the traditional manner. One of the most outstanding differences between modern painting techniques and those of the Flemish and Dutch Masters is in the prepa

Thelymitra speciosa

Thelymitra speciosa called the eastern Queen of Sheba, is a species of orchid in the family Orchidaceae and endemic to the south-west of Western Australia. It has a single erect, dark green leaf with a purplish base and one or two glossy, purplish flowers with broad reddish edges and yellowish margins. There are two bright orange arms on the sides of the column. Thelymitra speciosa is a tuberous, perennial herb with an erect, dark green leaf, egg-shaped near its purplish base suddenly narrows to a linear, spiral leaf 30–70 mm long and 4–7 mm wide. One or two glossy, purplish flowers with broad reddish edges and yellowish margins, 30–50 mm wide are borne on a flowering stem 100–200 mm tall; the sepals and petals are 15 -- 6 -- 10 mm wide. The column is purplish, 5–7 mm long and about 2 mm wide with a cluster of small finger-like glands on its back. There are two bright orange ear-like arms on the sides of the column; the flowers are insect pollinated and open on hot days. Flowering occurs in September.

Thelymitra speciosa was first formally described in 2009 by Jeff Jeanes and the description was published in Muelleria. The specific epithet is a Latin word meaning "showy" or "splendid ", referring to this " spectacular and showy species"; the eastern Queen of Sheba grows with dense shrubs in winter-wet areas between the Stirling Ranges and Lake Grace in the Avon Wheatbelt, Esperance Plains and Mallee biogeographic regions. Thelymitra speciosa is classified as "not threatened" by the Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife. Data related to Thelymitra speciosa at Wikispecies

Massimo Belardinelli

Massimo Belardinelli was an Italian comic artist best known for his work in the British science fiction comic 2000 AD. Belardinelli was born in Rome, his father was an amateur oil painter. Inspired by the Disney film Fantasia, Belardinelli went into animation in the 1960s, painting backgrounds for films produced by the Sergio Rosi studio, he moved into comics, again through the Rosi studio, drawing backgrounds for "The Steel Claw" in the British weekly Valiant in a team which included Giorgio Cambiotti on pencils and Sergio Rosi himself on inks. In 1969 he moved to the Giolitti Studio, which got him work in Italy, the UK and the USA, he collaborated with Alberto Giolitti on Gold Key Comics' Star Trek series in the USA, with Giolitti drawing the characters and Belardinelli the spaceships. In the UK in the mid-1970s he drew "Rat Pack" for Battle Picture Weekly and "Death Game 1999" and "Green's Grudge War" for Action; when 2000 AD was in preparation in 1977, an artist was needed for the revamped "Dan Dare", Belardinelli tried out for no pay and got the job, the rare honour of a byline, despite editor Pat Mills' reservations: although he excelled at visualising aliens, alien technology and alien landscapes, Mills thought "the hero looked awful".

Belardinelli's work on the strip was not popular, after a year he was switched to future sports series "Inferno", the sequel to the popular "Harlem Heroes", while former "Harlem Heroes" artist Dave Gibbons took over "Dan Dare". Belardinelli drew the second series of "Flesh", in which the time-travelling meat-farmers moved into the prehistoric oceans, in 1978–79, he drew "The Angry Planet", a sci-fi serial set on colonised Mars, written by Alan Hebden, for Tornado in 1979, took over "Blackhawk", Gerry Finley-Day's strip about a Nubian slave who became a Roman centurion, when Tornado merged into 2000 AD in the year. The strip was given a sci-fi twist by new writers Alan Grant and Kelvin Gosnell, with the hero being abducted by aliens and forced to fight in a galactic arena. Grant believes the strip's popularity was down to Belardinelli's art."Meltdown Man", a year-long cliffhanger serial written by Alen Hebden, followed in 1980–81, in which an SAS officer was caught in a nuclear explosion and blasted into a future where humans have enslaved genetically-engineered humanoid animals, leads the fight for their liberation.

In 1981 writers John Wagner and Alan Grant created a new series for him, space haulage comedy "Ace Trucking Co.". Grant says they wanted to exploit Belardinelli's "fevered imagination" and wrote a series which featured "as few actual human beings as possible" - all the characters were aliens. Belardinelli drew several storylines of the Celtic barbarian strip "Sláine" in 1983–84, whose writer, Pat Mills, selected him to visualise the hero's body-distorting "warp spasm". Although his strips were popular with the general readership, the fan audience never took to him, his "Sláine" stories were not collected by Titan Books, his last major 2000 AD strips were "The Dead", written by Peter Milligan - a philosophical yet psychedelic series set in a future where an evolved human race thinks it has conquered death, until demons start erupting from their bodies, the hero, has to travel to the land of the dead to save mankind - violent future sport series "Mean Team" and space opera "Moonrunners". He drew "Joe Alien" for short-lived younger-readers sci-fi comic Wildcat, in 1988.

Among his last comic work in the UK was for Fleetway's Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles comic in the early 1990s. He stopped working in British comics in 1993 when Alberto Giolitti, died. Having suffered from heart problems, Belardinelli died on 31 March 2007. Comics work includes: "Dan Dare" "M. A. C. H. 1" "Judge Dredd" "Harlem Heroes": "Harlem Heroes" "Inferno" "Flesh" "The Angry Planet" "Blackhawk" "Meltdown Man" "Ace Trucking Co.": The Complete Ace Trucking Co. Volume 1 collects: "The Kleggs" "Lugjack" "The Great Mush Rush" "The Ughbug Bloos" "Last Lug To Abbo Dabbo" "Joobaloo" "Too Many Bams" "The Kloistar Run" "Stoop Coop Soup" The Complete Ace Trucking Co. Volume 2 collects: "Bamfeezled" "On The Dangle" "Strike!" "The Croakside Trip" "Stowaway Lugjacker" "Whatever Happened to Ace Garp?" "The Doppelgarp" "The Garpetbaggers" "The Homecoming" "Tharg's Time Twisters" "Tharg the Mighty" "Sláine": Warrior's Dawn collects: "The Beast in the Broch" "The Bride of Crom" "The Creeping Death" "The Bull Dance" "Dragonheist" (in 2000 AD #361-367, 1984, collected in Time Killer "Mean Team" Series One Series Two (in 2000 AD #525-531, 533-53

James Sanderson (swimmer)

James Peter Sanderson is a Gibraltarian swimmer. Sanderson first competed for Gibraltar at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi where he finished 23rd in the 400 metre freestyle in 4:22.41, 27th in the 100 metre butterfly in 1:01.42 and 29th in the 200 metre freestyle in 2:02.18. At the 2010 FINA World Swimming Championships in Dubai, Sanderson finished in 50th in the 200 metre individual medley in 2:15.03, 63rd in the 200 metre freestyle in 1:58.12, 75th in the 100 metre butterfly in 1:00.20, 86th in the 50 metre butterfly in 27.38 and 87th in the 100 metre freestyle in 54.35. At the 2011 Island Games in the Isle of Wight, Sanderson finished 5th in the 400 metre freestyle in 4:13.39. 6th in the 100 metre butterfly in 59.46, 7th in the heats of the 50 metre butterfly in 27.35 and 8th in the heats of the 200 metre freestyle in 2:00.15. In the freestyle relays, Sanderson with Colin Bensadon, Oliver Quick and Wesley Warwick finished 6th in the 4 × 50 metre freestyle relay in 1:40.66, with Bensadon, John Paul Llanelo and Quick finished 6th in the 4 × 100 relay in 3:41.83.

In the medley relays, Sanderson teamed up with Jordan Gonzalez and Quick. They finished 7th in the heats of the 4 × 50 metre medley relay in 1:52.79 and finished 6th in the final of the 4 × 100 metre medley relay in 4:06.38. Two months at the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man, Sanderson finished 12th in the 50 metre butterfly in 26.63, 13th in the 100 metre butterfly in 58.57, 15th in the 50 metre freestyle in 24.84, 16th in the 100 metre freestyle in 53.78 and 16th in the 200 metre freestyle in 1:56.39. At the 2012 FINA World Swimming Championships in Istanbul, Sanderson finished 64th in the 100 metre butterfly in 58.15, 73rd in the 50 metre butterfly in 26.31, 90th in the 50 metre freestyle in 24.37, 99th in the 100 metre freestyle in 53.93 and with Bensadon and Michael Hitchcock finished 16th in the 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay in 8:04.92. At the 2013 Island Games in Bermuda, Sanderson set a national record in the heats of the 100 metre butterfly with his time of 57.16. He went on to finish 7th in the final posting a slower time of 57.28.

In other results, Sanderson finished 9th in the 50 metre freestyle in 24.24, 8th in the 50 metre butterfly in 26.22 and 11th in the 100 metre freestyle in 53.39. In the relays, Sanderson with Bensadon and Quick finished 7th in the 4 × 50 metre freestyle relay in 1:40.39 and with Bensadon and Quick finished 7th in the 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay in 3:40.12. In the medley, Bensadon and Quick together finished 6th in both the 4 × 50 and the 4 × 100 metre medley relays with times of 1:49.65 and 4:02.00 respectively

Olive Wilton

Olive Dorothea Graeme Wilton was an English-born stage actor who worked extensively in England and Australia. She decided to settle there, she played the title role in the 1910 Australian silent film The Squatter's Daughter. The last years of her life were spent in Tasmania, where she became a noted figure in education and the arts; the Man from Mexico – play, Theatre Royal, Adelaide The Vagabond and The Talk of the Town – play, Theatre Royal, The Squatter's Daughter – film The Winning Ticket – play, Kings Theatre, Melbourne My Mate, or a Bush Love Story – play, Kings Theatre, Melbourne The Girl of the Never Never – play, Kings Theatre, Melbourne Daddy Long Legs – play, Criterion Theatre, Sydney A Bill of Divorcement – play, Prince of Wales Theatre, Hobart Daybreak – play, Theatre Royal, Hobart Olive Wilton at AusStage

Konstantinos Triantafyllopoulos

Konstantinos "Kostas" Triantafyllopoulos is a Greek professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Polish club Pogoń Szczecin. On 30 September 2012, during a Superleague match vs. Asteras Tripolis, he made his debut for the men's team with Panathinaikos. In his first season as a Panathinaikos' player, Triantafyllopoulos was able to become the first choice for the center of defence. At the end of the season, Triantafyllopoulos signed a contract extension for three years. On 22 January 2016, Triantafyllopoulos signed a 3,5 years contract with Asteras Tripolis, despite the rumours that he will sign to Panionios, as part of Olivier Boumale transfer to Panathinaikos, his former club will keep a percentage of the profit from his next transfer. On 13 June 2019, he joined Pogoń Szczecin on a two-year deal. On 10 August 2019, he scored his first goal with the club in a 1–0 home win game against Wisła Kraków contributing the most to his team's win; as of 15 February 2020 PanathinaikosGreek Cup: 2014