My new frames came today from Art To Frames and I'm very pleased with them. Art To Frames always does a great job and I highly recommend them for anyone looking for great custom frames.
These pieces will all be available from the Geary Gallery at the end of August. I also have two more pieces that will be available once they're framed: The Main Garden (16" X 14") and Long View of Spring Lake Beach (12" X 18").
It's always a great feeling to frame a painting. I do my own framing and got this one from: www.pictureframes.com - It's a nice quality frame and fit perfectly. This painting is for my Mom and I did it back in 2015 when I was really into the method of William Bouguereau (1825 - 1905).
The surface had yellowed quite a bit when it was in storage so I left it in a window with some direct sun for about a month; this is a great trick for anyone with yellowed oil paintings, the sun will bleach the yellow without harming the colors.
*Do not put watercolors in a spot with direct sunlight because it'll destroy your watercolors. This is only for oil paintings which can turn yellow when in darkness for extended periods. Now it looks good and it's going to look great hanging on the wall.
Two new sketches as we get ready for a north east snow storm. The one sketch is of a cat who was enjoying a drink today from our birdbath and the other is a furniture study of a kitchen chair. I also recently went down to New Brunswick to pick up my watercolors that were in an exhibition. I've hung two of them up to enjoy and remind myself of summer days.
My brother's coming back home today to stay for the three day weekend. I haven't seen him since he took a Christmas vacation with his girlfriend to Hawaii. He's bringing me back some cool stuff like a really nice ukulele and some Hawaiian shirts. Hawaii would be really nice right about now...stay safe in the storm everyone.
I love the whole process of creating a work of art, but I also love the other processes involved with painting. I love framing and hanging the piece because it really gives me a sense of accomplishment when I sketch my ideas out and then they become a reality. I've made my own frames in the past, which is also something I enjoy doing. This painting wasn't made as a commission, but it was a painting that I'd been wanting to do for a long time. I painted it over the course of two mornings and let it dry before I varnished it with Gamvar and framed it.
Today, I sketched out where I wanted to hang it and measured out the space. I love working with my hands and using tools so it's all part of the fun. I guess there's an aspect of interior design also. Now, the painting is hanging across the room, on the same side from where the original clock hangs. I love the way it looks and I'm going to enjoy looking at it for a long time.