Icing on the Cake
A good frame is like a good icing on a cake, that is, not entirely essential but definitely a positive and worthwhile enhancement and when executed well, just plain delicious! For some time I have been experimenting with different materials in the construction of various painting frames for my paintings, seeking to match each painting with just the border treatment, ranging from polished metal to rustic weathered barn board.
For my recently finished painting 'South Shore Motoring' I chose to use aluminium flat bar stock which effectively mimicked the silver paint of the classic car featured in an elegant, restrained and contemporary surround. I have included a couple of snaps to illustrate the effect. Watch here for periodic features of some of the unique frames I have created.
My idea of a great portrait is one which features the subject in one of their favourite settings. For this painting of Denny the german short haired pointer, we chose a fall scene that was a situated along one of his regular walking places. The composition of this piece is interesting, with the large dark shape of the apple tree running up the left side of the image as well as across the top. This balances nicely with Denny and his unmistakable markings positioned down in the lower left. He is shown looking out of the painting to the right, focusing his attention on something we can't see but can easily speculate on.
This painting was commissioned as a surprise gift, from wife to husband, and I am happy (and relieved!) to say that he was very pleased with his one of a kind birthday present!