Archive for October, 2010

Why you should frame your art.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2010 by almostfinnish

There are two reasons why we have art frames on paintings. They can protect art, of course, but most importantly they can aid to their attractiveness on display.

Since the very early days of painting, frames have served to enhance the visual beauty of art. Pictures were hung on walls and they became furnishings. The first frames were often works of art themselves. They were large and elaborately carved and decorated wooden frames. There was a practical reason also. The frame framed the picture. In other words, it created a boundary that enclosed the image and separated it physically from the surrounding wall.

As the idea of paintings as furniture began to spread, the frame became such an essential element of the entire package that the art was not considered complete until it was framed. The frame often time was more art than the painting itself. The framer was an artist in his own right. One part of his art was the carving and decoration of the frame and another was the matching of frame and picture to create a harmonious whole.

Framing changed dramatically with the introduction of lithographs and prints. These were either original works or copies of works printed on paper rather than actual paintings on canvas. Little was understood about preservation at first and although the art prints were being framed in a similar fashion to oil paintings at first, it was soon realized that certain protection was needed. It also became common to use colored matting to frame the image inside the wooden external frame.

As the lithograph or print became more and more popular, the art of modern framing was developed. The external frame became more than just a frame for the image, but also the platform that allowed glass to cover and protect the image and matting to enhance and create an inner frame. The use of matting inside the outer frame became another art form. Colors in the mats themselves were matched to colors in the art work to create a unified visual image. The mats, the image, the glass, and even protective backing and mounting material was all held together by the frame.

Today, the major reason for the use of frames with art is still the original one. The frame isolates the art from the surrounding environment making it a unified piece. With prints, the frame still serves as a platform for the glass, backing, and matting. Of course, the major reason for a frame from a practical point of view is that we have become so used to them that no hanging picture would look natural without one.

Aazdak Alisimo writes about art framing for

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Boo Radley lives across the street.

Posted in art, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2010 by almostfinnish


It’s that time of the year. When my daughter who will stand at the corner of the lot peering across the street for long periods of time according to my watch shivering and whispering to her little brother who  follows her around faithfully. It reminds me every time of the book To Kill a Mockingbird you know the part where Scout and Jem would wait to see if Boo Radley would come out of the house. Not that this house looked run down, overgrown or there were any rumors circulating about the neighbors that I care to mention, but instead the haunting decorum of Halloween that they displayed in their front yard religiously ever year antagonizing my daughter as she looks to see and not see at the same time. At night it only got brighter as she peaks through the curtains. I’m sure the neighbors were amused and look forward to her curiosity every year.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was a coming-of-age novel told from the point of view of an adult looking back at her childhood something I keep wanting to do myself.  Scout was 9 years old an age I remember very well and she was, as the saying goes, ‘wise beyond her years’. Another familiar line ‘Roaming freely all day, coming home only for meals or the bathroom.’ An era we will only remember as a child and never repeat.


Taking photo 101 is not the same

Posted in art, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 11, 2010 by almostfinnish

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I take a lot of pictures. It’s a habit I learned not on my own. I have two sisters that insisted I take photo 101 in high school probably because they thought it was an easy credit and all you had to do was show up and then leave to go take pictures as they would laugh ‘skip class’. So it was my sibling duty to follow in their foot steps. I intern took this very seriously in learning to break open your roll of film quickly, transferring it onto a reel and then into a case of solution while being in complete darkness hoping that no one comes in and turns on the lights by mistake. More importantly the challenge was at developing a good image in the dark room under some faint light while being all consumed with these vinegar smells that filled the air and trays. You needed to know by smell which one was which because when adding more solution in the dark your sense of smell was more important than your sence of sight. There was a beginning and an end and you can not mix them up.

So once I was set up and ready I was in no hurry to go and could be there for hours. Each attempt was earnestly made a little lighter here darker there and even the pictures that didn’t turn out had some intrinsic value. I regret I don’t have them now tangible and in hand but in memory I see them a building, a pier, people I knew and pets we had. Black and white, some grainy but all from an adolescents point of view.

Now I take pictures download them into adobe where they show up in a matter of minutes. I enhance them in a matter of seconds and then upload them to another site and have them available for viewing. The images are very nice. Digital has not lessened the image. They are sharper and clearer and more dynamic than ever.

I value what I have learned and have a better appreciation for the camera and photography over all. I look forward to what the future brings.

I fear I haphazardly painted over masterpiece by mistake.

Posted in art, Uncategorized on October 7, 2010 by almostfinnish

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I love the crisp smell of morning  when the air is still cool. There’s a distant murmur that the town is waking up and on the road. The hum gets louder and I smell coffee brewing. It’s Saturday I wake up with no regrets. I ponder the day in my studio with one cat by my side the other one is still in bed. It is very dim in here but light is creeping in through the curtains as the day approaches. I feel the room warm up. My paintings sit right in front of me. I see the mistakes I see the progress.

I’m kind of ruminating over one of my latest comments.

art is nothing but paintings. i really cannot stand how people will go to an art gallery and stand there for so long trying to figure out what the painting means. Give me a break!!! Art is nothing but a hobby. i cannot believe people pay so much money fro drawings.

I for one could only hope that someone would stand there in front of a piece and wonder for a moment it’s meaning while quietly being mocked and disapproved of by its meagreness. Because the process it took for me to get there was more work than I had bargained for. More confidence than I realized and more money than I had anticipated. I still got there whether someone was inspired or not. I’ve personally heard everything from the drunk that came in off the street, from the niceties of  blatantly being indifferent to the art, to subtle comment of trying to understand and last the one person who pull you aside and hands you a drink and says you look parched.

It’s a time-consuming hobby and an expensive one too.

But no seriously I think once marketing comes in play isn’t it automatically elevated to be something more? When you open yourself to criticism and critique you are now no longer that quiet hobbiest who paints for enjoyment and relaxation. And having to frame all your pieces and many of them I have to stress for the world to see for a short weekend or a month is now an investment and not just an expenditure. Lastly the number of rejections you have to go through before someone agrees to give you a show is far from comforting. 

They are not all going to be masterpieces. 

Many are not going to be liked.

My masterpiece has not have been painted yet or I fear I haphazardly painted over it by mistake.

 I like watching old movies that well-known stars were in and I think they were pretty bad, young and you know rough but someone seen something in them so they had to start somewhere. 

I think a hobbiest doesn’t really let his work see the light of day. The rest of us who try have earned that right to call ourselves artists.

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