Archive for the ‘Framing’ Category

2009_05150003-250wLast week I took the new Meron Path picture for framing and I just got it back now from the framer. Looks really good. I have hung it in my living room so I can show it off.

As always I was a bit worried about how the painting would look framed. After the effort and attention to get the picture exactly right, I am always worried that the frame will spoil or change the balance of the picture and throw it off. This has happened to me before and I have seen other pictures as well where their frame destroys them.

Anyway, I got it right this time. To be more precise the owner of the framing store did. I went to a new framer this time – Artli in the Ezor Ta’asiah of Beit Shemesh. He is an art photographer and sells massive prints of his amazing pictures togther with religious kitsch (kind of Thomas Kinkade meets Lubavitch or the Baba Sali, which sells well in this part of the world). He also does framing.

He immediately picked this frame. I of course had to try every frame in the shop before deciding that his choice was correct. And here it is.

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Being an incredibly organized person, everything is now ready for the opening of the exhibition next week. I just got some pictures back from framing yesterday evening and they look fantastic. Pictures look so much more impressive when thay are framed.

A quick plug for my framer. I use Alon in Ramat Beit Shemesh. I highly recommend him. He works from home and his phone number is 02-9997712.

However, even with all the praparations for the exhibition there are other things going on.

First of all I have started a new piece. I wanted to show the picture here but I left it on my USB memory stick at home. I downloaded the pictures from the camera, rushed to move them to the memory stick… and then left it plugged into the PC. The picture is of a grove of olive trees with sunlight coming through the branches leaving dappled shade on the ground. Hopefully I’ll get time to blog tomorrow and I’ll post the picture.

But that is not all. I made another sale – my first foreign buyer. A couple of weeks ago I got an enquiry from a woman in California and after receiving the payment via PayPal I sent it off this morning (see image of the package on the right). I sent it packed in layers of bubble wrap and cardboard, by international express mail which is a lot cheaper than courier companies. The piece she bought is Migdal David Nighttime 3 that appears above at the start of the post.

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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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