Putting Things in a Frame

I’ve been kind of occupied lately, putting “old” paintings in frames.

Because I think they deserve it, after so much neglect and insecurity about them.

Two of my acrylic paintings has therefore gotten wooden frames.

I think the frames, which is not painted or lacquered, suits the naturalistic style of the paintings.

I hope it gives them a more complete feel.

The third one, with the crashing wave, is next on my list for framing.

I just haven’t found the right frame for it yet.

But I will in the end šŸ™‚

11 thoughts on “Putting Things in a Frame

  1. The one on the right is my favourite, the plain frame works too, in my opinion. In your other works there is a nice illustrative style, you capture something of the character of these kinds of boats, hauled out on beaches and waiting for the next tide.

    1. Thank you so much for your thoughts on this. I very much appreciate it šŸ™‚ Boats have becommed almost an obsession for me. I try to depict them in an honest way, if that makes sense, so I’m very glad you see a character in them šŸ™‚

  2. Why the insecurity about framing your work?

    [Let him frame the details in his own words.]

    Even if you think they are not your best work, framing is merely a means of declaring them finished works and giving them a better chance of being displayed without damage (versus tape or other gluey childish means of tacking a picture to a wall), Framing does not mean you are submitting your work to a formal gallery with some monetary number attached to the effort.

    Being these are watery paintings, I’d be inclined to frame them in ROUND wooden frames designed to look like portholes on a ship. You could put them in a row down a hallway. Perhaps, if there is a way to reproduce (make prints) of these paintings, you could cut the duplicates into circles and craft such porthole frames.

    1. I guess it’s because of all those reasons. I’ve thought about framing as a statement, where you basically say that this painting or drawing is good enough to put up on a wall. I didn’t feel that I could do that, but now I can see the injustice I’ve been putting myself through.

      I can decide if I am happy with a painting or not, even though there will always be different views about it. And that’s okay.

      I think putting them up in wooden frames sounds like a very interesting idea, and especially in round wooden frames. I’ll keep that in mind for sure šŸ™‚

      I haven’t gotten around to the whole print thing, though (other that photo prints). I’m a bit unsure about how it all works šŸ™‚

      1. Any art you want to study with your eyes and dwell upon with your brain is worth hanging on a wall, whether that is in a frame or on its own merit. It’s your art and, hopefully, a wall you are free to decorate. [That doesn’t stop artists like Bugsy; but, ya know.] If you feel it would look better framed, embellish with a frame. Explore the possibilities. Don’t limit your creativity (within legal and public-decency limits).

        You’ve sort of framed and hung your art on this digital wall, haven’t you? Isn’t your blog space a type of wall?…well, unless you are using a tablet and looking down at the floor. šŸ˜›

        Because you seem to do a number of nautical pieces, I thought porthole frames might be innovative and refreshing selling points. My sister used to put cross-stitching works in round frames. Break the square barrier. Be unique.

        Well, if you can track down a local print shop, as I’ve done with my work, give them a try. They should be happy to walk you through it. Essentially, they pass your work through a rolling scanner or big flatbed scanner, if it’s small enough, and then transfer the digital scan to a printing machine, using your choice of paper, finish, etc. It’s a bit costly in small batches, but if you mass produce–say 100 prints–you get a decent discount. The more paper you use at one time, the lower the cost of each print.

      2. You have a very good point there šŸ™‚ I have many galleries on my site, which basically are digital walls šŸ™‚

        And thank you for the input regarding making prints. I’ll have to check out if I have any shops close to me. It would be awesome to get some good prints to sell. Especially on some nice paper that are not glossy photo print papers. That’s the only ones I’ve used so far when printing on my personal photo printer šŸ™‚

      3. I cannot print at home. I tried once and wasted the ink in my printer. I won’t even bother with photos at home, either. It just doesn’t seem economical. So, I had to look in a phone book…a real phone book…and find some local print shops. One was not helpful, but the second was very helpful and became a repeat stopping place. I’ve printed some poor-grade posters I made, like coloring-book-page drawings, and colored the prints. I have technically sold a few on commission but nothing retail-ish. I did some portraits for a friend of the family. The printing shop recommended drawing on better paper to avoid the scrolling scanners from wrinkling the originals. I took that to note but still have been using the cheaper paper they sold to me because it was as much as I felt like investing for the time and space I have. When conditions improve and I feel content storing my work, I may upgrade to better paper and storage.

      4. It sounds like you’ve generally had a good experience with professional printing, then šŸ™‚ I’ve bought myself a photo printer, which works very well. But I would very much like to be able to print on different kinds of paper. Maybe on a bigger scale as well. It would be really cool to have a limited edition to try to sell šŸ™‚ You’ve inspired me there.

      5. Everything with the printing place is/was good except for the PC program they use for copying/transferring files (scans of original artworks transferred to the printing machines). It is a commonly used program with a bad name (in my opinion). Other than that…everything seems okay.

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