Monday, April 17, 2017

Step Seven: Framing

This is the last step of "7 Steps of A Painting". Here are steps One: InspirationTwo: Computer DesignThree: Value SketchFour: Color Studies, Five: Drawing and Six: Painting.

Framing is an artform in itself and the right framing can make your painting look even better. However, talk about overwhelming! There is a dizzying array of choices of mat style and color, framing, and choice of glass or acrylic. Taking the time to find an excellent framer is so worth the effort. The framer will help you make a decision by narrowing your choices to fit your preferences. 

Disquiet was purchased and then framed by the collector. The choice of frame was based on the style of the client's home, personal taste, and the desire to match the frame to one of my previously-purchased paintings. They selected a beautiful wooden frame, archival mats and backing, and museum-quality glass to reduce glare from the windows. 

In comparison, the paintings that I exhibit in juried shows or galleries are framed with simple, wooden frames and neutral mats. Galleries display the work of many different artists so the neutral framing is preferred to make the collection of art feel cohesive.

This is one of my favorite ways to frame my art.

A light wooden frame, neutral mat and "floating" artwork. Floating means the art is attached to the top of a mat, instead of under, showing off the edge of the watercolor paper. Since I ship my paintings regularly, I use acrylic instead of glass. The top-of-the-line acrylic is Optium Museum Acrylic, which shows no glare and is more scratch resistant than standard acrylic. It also costs a fortune! I'm hoping the price will come down over time so I can use it every time I frame a painting.

I hope you enjoyed this series. Stay tuned for more and thanks for reading!

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