Archive for April 14th, 2008

The effect of a frame

Yoyo blogged about my painting “Banias water” that I gave them on my recent trip to Australia. Thanks Yoyo,  I am really glad you like the picture. I see what you mean about the black frame… I would probably have gone for something a bit more silvery.

Choosing frame color is always a hard thing for me. When I work on a painting and spend time to get everything just right, making a decision about the frame is by far more difficult. The color of the frame can make such a big difference to the whole effect of the painting. It can close it in or just let it flow out. It can change your perception of the composition and of what color the painting is even.

An example is my painting “Running brook” that I have hanging on my wall at home. I thought the painting was brown until I framed it in the silvery colored frame you can see here on teh right that is reminiscent of the rocks in the painting and it turned out that the painting is now dominated by the bluish colors of the top half of the picture. When I was choosing the frame it was a toss-up between this and the brown with a green band frame you can see at the bottom. I stood there in the frame shop (Alon’s machsan in Ramat Beit Shemesh) for several good minutes, umming and ahhing until I chose… and I am still not sure if I made the correct choice.


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