Tuesday, 18 March 2008

The Art Of Framing

A good frame can make or break a painting. Getting it right can be difficult and time-consuming.

Deciding on the shape, size, colour and finish of the moulding is an art in itself.

For instance, my larger 'open' seascapes, usually need to be in a softer, curved moulding. The smaller landscapes often better suit a more geometric, squarer moulding. But there are no hard and fast rules.

I work with my framer, Geraint Davies, to assess each picture I take to him. Geraint has an expert eye, and is himself a trained artist.

He is a true craftsman and his frames are beautifully put together, with enormous attention to detail. Unlike the vast majority of framers he does not simply join lengths of moulding that he has bought from wholesalers. Geraint builds up different profiles to create his own individual shapes. He also spends a great deal of time on painting and finishing each frame to give it a unique connection with the picture.

It is a real treat to arrive at Geraint's workshop to collect the finished work.

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