I just framed my signature piece for my upcoming show in Duck, NC, Feathered Friends, and mounted it on my easel. As I stood back and studied it, I was taken with what a difference a frame makes. It’s the finishing touch.
The wrong choice can distract and detract from the artwork. The right frame should enhance and show off the artwork.
For an artist, framing can be a difficult decision process. You don’t know who is going to buy it and you don’t know how they decorate, or where it will be hung. So how does the artist decide on a frame? Here is the way we do it….
We start by using mostly Larson Juhl frames. They have a wide range of moulding choices and quality is guaranteed. We know that with the subjects I’m painting their frames compliment my work.
We have acquired over the years a good selection of what framers call “chops” from Larson Juhl. They are simply one corner of a frame. When trying to decide on the proper frame it helps tremendously to hold up moulding chops you think will look good. If none of the chops work then we get online and study new choices of mouldings and have new chops sent to us.
Since Feathered Friends is a painting of Pelicans and will be part of an exhibit at the beach with other shorebird paintings, we decided a Driftwood gray frame would work well. We also chose a fairly wide linen liner to not only create a wider, more significant frame but to compliment the painting.
We know that everyone has different taste, so we are happy to work with our collectors on framing choices when they buy a new painting.
Feathered Friends is all framed and ready to go public! :-)
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