Save Frames Notes
I’ve been slowly learning how to save frames. I paint some of my frames with flowers. People really like these frames and use them for mirrors, photos or chalk boards.
It is a sad fact that frames become damaged in transport. They can cost an artist hundreds of dollars. They are perfectly sound but a scar will make them unusable without intervention. Frames are one of the biggest budget items in a studio. Contemporary and abstract painters give up framing and simply use deep gallery wrap canvas. I have found that this only works for me in very large sizes. Buyers like my regular sized paintings in frames.
I discovered some time ago that frames can be altered and saved. Some of the frames are larger and really nicely made of good materials. I started sanding them down to paint but discovered that they look really cool as distressed frames. I have been able to save most of them to use for my paintings. In some places the sanding takes the finish down to the primer, which is usually white. I solved that problem by using either red iron oxide or raw umber, rubbed into the white primer. This works beautifully and the frames are really nice. The gold and dark frames look great done this way as they have a dark brick red under the gold and that is lovely showing through. The silver is lovely too, looking more like pewter, no longer shiny. This works quite well for my frames because they are wide and flat with a lip around the edge. I don’t know that it would work very well on ornate frames.
I am very lucky to have a collector who has an estate sale hobby. He finds wonderful vintage frames for me regularly and I can fix them up either by distressing them or re painting them. It is amazing how good they look with a bit of effort. He even found me a vintage classic 1960’s wood frame that is mid century modern. I haven’t used it yet because I just love it and am not anxious to part with it. I don’t know that I will ever use it. I just like looking at it.
The biggest problem with framing for artists is storage. I have dozens of frames, stacked on the studio shelf and in the framing closet. I have a friend who stores her frames in a bathtub. You pull open the shower curtain and see the tub full of frames. I never want to get rid of a frame unless it is worn out. Of course you never have the size you need on hand, so it is back to the ordering page for a new frame. The cycle is endless.
Collectors must be made to understand that they are purchasing the painting, not the framing. The frame is just a courtesy from the artist and of little value in $$$. They should not expect a true discount from the artist, purchasing the painting unframed. I offer a 50.00 savings for painting if desired without its frame. You are purchasing the painting for the price offered.
More musings for artists and collectors to come….
Sheet Pan Chicken
1 package of chicken breasts or thighs
2 potatoes diced
1 onion diced
3 carrots cut in bite sized pieces
2 celery stalks diced
2 garlic cloves minced
1 cup flour combined with salt/pepper/dried thyme/paprika
1 cup fresh cut green beans
Oil sheet pan
Place vegetables on pan and coat with a bit of oil
Dredge chicken in seasoned flour
Place on sheet pan with veges
Spray everything with a coating of Pam.
Bake at 350 until Chicken is brown on top and then turn everything over and bake until done.