It seems like ages now that I have been framing my paintings ready for my solo show in May this year. My natural happy state is in my studio painting or planning a painting but preferably in the midst of a large colour- saturated composition that is demanding my full attention. So I have to pull myself out of the paint screaming and kicking to focus on the framing and presentation that comes with exhibitions. About 10 or more years ago I invested in some framing equipment so since then I have done all my own framing. I was inspired to create my standard frame to date, from seeing a photograph of a 1913 Matisse exhibition where he had over-seen the framing and had chosen a simple limed-white frame instead of
|Matisse's paintings from Morocco 1913|
I try and keep as contemporary and simple as possible and I have kept the same frame more or less since I started making my own ie a clean-edged slightly built up frame in limed wood or charcoal stained wood.
|paintings ready for show 2007|
However this year I going to minimize the frame even more, by using a floating frame, ie a box frame with a slight gap between the canvas and the frame so that the canvas is emphasized rather than the frame.
|Baton-frame on The Invitation painting|
|Recent Paintings in workshop to be framed|
|Recent Paintings 2015 waiting for May|
|new floating frame Mount Usher Gardens from Tapestry collection 2011|