Framing

“The frame is the reward of the artist.”  – Edgar Degas

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There are frames and then there are Frames.  Sticks of moulding that are produced predominantly on the other side of the globe, untouched by human hands, in the hundreds of thousands of feet – all to insure sameness – make frames.  Those sticks are distributed throughout the West so that you can have frames in your home that are exactly like your neighbors’.  Is that what you want?

But Frames start with raw wood, milled to provide the most appropriate profile for your painting in quantities as small as 5 feet.  The milled wood is then cut to the dimension of your painting and joined.  Then it is carved by hand by skilled craftsmen as specified.  The layers of gesso and clay prepare the surface of the Frame for the application of the leaves of gold.  The final finish completes the marriage of your unique painting and its unique frame.

There have been artists throughout the centuries who valued the contribution of the frame – who understood that perfection is never fully achieved in any painting and that a frame should enhance the strengths while diminishing the (certainly minute) lesser portions of the work.

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A wall of gorgeous hand-made frame corners, three layers deep.  That’s just the beginning.  Every sample can be tweaked to perfection.  It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the choices especially when the selection is truly infinite.  But you aren’t alone here.  David walks through the design process with you, a process that begins with your piece of artwork.  Yellow gold, white gold, a myriad of finishes, carvings, profiles.    In the end, you’ll know why you have the frame you have.  Better than that, you’ll be confident that your artwork, whether it’s on paper or canvas, a portrait, a photograph, an antique, or an abstract, has a frame you’ll be pleased with for the life of the art.

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3 Responses to “Framing”

  1. Sharon 03. Oct, 2010 at 2:27 pm #

    Thank you for publishing a post that emphasizes the importance of framing. Your frames are beautiful and there is no overstating how important a quality frame is on a quality painting.

  2. LaMoin Garrard 30. Jun, 2011 at 3:00 am #

    Frames are definitely the reward of the artist; my art is never complete until framed: ” coup de gras!”

  3. Peter Miller 29. Oct, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    David, Great to speak with you today and to realize that we have the same passion. Your website is fantastic and your verbal descriptions here are very well thought out.

    I look forward to speaking with you in greater length as well as hopefully your visit to my studio.

    Peter

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