I’ve been focusing a lot of my time on framing recent oil paintings ready for exhibiting locally. It’s important to put as much love and thought into the framing as it is the actual painting. Over the years, I’ve learnt that it sometimes better to leave a painting unframed rather than framed because the frame is unsuitable, either in style or colour.
I frame my works using simple annd fairly traditional mouldings but treat the bare wood with primer and then 2 layers of satin white paint. This gives an overall crisp and contempory feel which does not take away the attention from the painting, instead gives the painting a simple edge.
Not all my frames are finished in white. An example of this is in the photo above, the larger painting in the gold frame felt washed out, too light in a white frame so I swapped it for this simple bronze/gold frame which contrasts nicely with the cool, light colours in the painting. The frame also helps to amplify my intention of painting the foggy, grey day at Langsett resevoir in the Peak District.
The 3 Peak District paintings will be on exhibition in the coffee lounge at Full Life Church in Maltby, Rotherham in the next week.