Monday, September 27, 2010

The gentle art of painting frames

The gentle art of painting frames

I have chosen to hand finish a number of frames. The Framer or I make the wooden frame - it is then smoothed, primed, undercoated and smoothed again.

Then begins the search for the right colour and the right tone for that colour. This choice must undergo constant revision as it is put alongside the artwork, against which it must support, enhance without upstaging it.

At this stage the specially mixed paint is thinned to maintain smoothness as layers are built up.

I have allowed three days for the task of finishing eight frames, and when finished they should be barely noticed as they do their important work.