A painting can change drastically with different frame. Many of my paintings are sold in frames. I select one that blends with and enhances the artwork. If the frame works with the painting, it will work in its new owners environment. It acts as a unit. I spend a lot of time choosing the "right" one for each piece. Some pieces only seem to work with the most simple frame while others need the boost of a more ornate one. Style of decor will, at times, present options and that's where the fun/difficulty comes in. Personal preference can be exercised,with a few guidelines. When or if clients choose a frame for their newly acquired piece, keep in mind that the focal point should always be the art. The frame is an accessory. I've seen art that is surrounded with a too wide frame or has 3 or 4 mats smothering the piece! (Just put a mirror in it!) Step back from your choice. If the frame is the first thing that catches your eye, make another selection. The frame and painting should meld. Just because the frame is the correct size, doesn't mean it works! Take some time with your decision. Or ask me!
Stop by my Open Studio May 5& 6 10 -4pm. Check out my framed and unframed pieces. simsburyartists.org
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