Saturday, August 09, 2008

Framing Your Artwork

The right frame can make your artwork stand out from across the room but it is also intended to protect your artwork from dirt and moisture. The placement of your artwork is not only about aesthetics but also about protecting your artwork and keeping it in pristine condition . Even if your artwork is painted on the most expensive watercolor paper using professional quality archival paints, as mine are, it is still important to choose your framing and display area wisely.

The artwork, regarless of the medium used, (watercolor, oil, acrylic, pencil etc) should not be hung anywhere that it would be subjected to direct sunlight or long periods of artificial light. Areas where major changes in humidity such as a kitchen or bathroom should also be avoided. If you choose to hang your artwork in a bright room or a room where artificial light is on for long periods of time, then you may want to consider using glass with Ultraviolet protection built in. It is slightly more expensive but if you value your collection it will help prevent fading enormously.

Choosing a Frame

I prefer a simple clean frame so that I can really focus on the artwork. I also like the fact that I can easily move the artwork from room to room and not worry about it fitting in with the color scheme or decor of the new room or areas. A sample of some of my framed work, ready to go to the exhibit are below.Framed Artwork
Choosing a Matt

The matt board prevents the artwork from making contact with the glass which can create moisture. I prefer an acid-free off white or ivory matt for all my paintings and drawings as I can easily move my artwork from one room to the next and it fits in with any decor.

I also like the way the simpler matt kick the colors and tonal definition up a notch. For a bit more detail or interest a matt with a thin line of black or other color also is nice and does not distract from the painting but sets off the color nicely. When mounting the artwork to the matt, never use any plastic tapes or any masking tapes. They can turn brown and brittle leaving a dirty residue on the artwork which could ruin it and alter its value over time.

Choosing your Backing

The backing board pushes the artwork onto the matt to help keep it flat and keep dust and moisture out. Always use an acid-free backing or a acid-free piece of paper or card between the backing and the matt to keep impurities away from your artwork. The back of the frame should then be sealed with water soluble gummed tape to prevent the airborne dirt or moisture from penetrating the frame.

Cleaning your Artwork

Once properly framed you should never need to clean or worry about your artwork inside the frame. When cleaning the glass, spray your glass cleaner onto a clean cloth, clean the glass and wipe off immediately. Although the frame has been sealed, when spraying, some of the cleaner could find its way in through capillary action and do damage... better safe than sorry!

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Annual May Day Show with ArtFocus

The May Day show was a great success and we all had alot of fun. There was a large variety of artwork in all medias and covering many different themes which made it very interesting. Artists offered works framed, unframed and original prints in the form of greeting cards. I have a couple of pictures I will have to upload once I find them. Several members did heritage paintings of local houses for a previous project which were featured and Colin Craig did an acrylic demo which was really interesting. I can hardly wait to see the finished painting. Sher Nasser won the Favorite Painting award for Chai Lady.

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Family Portrait Commission - Sketch and Reference Photo




This is the start of my latest commission. It is a sketch of the grandparents, father and children which will be a birthday gift for the father from a very nice friend. The artwork is 15 x 19 on a sheet of 16 x 20 Arches Hot Pressed watercolor paper.


The layout took a bit of reworking both by the client and myself and I think it was well worth the effort. It has a very nice flow which draws the eye from the father around the portrait to the other family members.


As this is a larger commission, I will start with the grandparents and work my way down from right to left, top to bottom, to the kids, house & then the father to avoid smuding and keep the drawing fresh. Generally each portrait is completed to roughly 90% before moving onto the next and then final adjustments and tweaks are made at the end. Time to jump in!

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Place des Art Exhibit

Well it has been a busy weekend but the opening reception seemed to be a sucess for the Suite E group at Place des Arts on Thursday. The gallery was close to full at times and people really seemed to enjoy the artwork.

It was fun watching people looking at the work and the best part though was watching people press their faces as close to the artwork as they could to try to figure out how it was done :) The exhibit runs until April 19th so please check it out if you are in the area.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Framed Art in Exhibition Frames from Opus

I thought I would post some of my artwork in my new frames. I bought a bunch for an upcoming exhibit from Opus Art & Framing Store as they were nice and simple and were on sale which is very nice when buying so many at once.

I wanted something simple so as to not distract from the artwork and they looked ok at the store but once the double matt is inserted with the artwork they look really great! I am considering replacing artwork and photos in my home with these frames as well as they are super easy to change out the photo or artwork as the backs pop out easily with little clips. They can sit or are hung by a wire which attaches easily to the back.

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