Sunday, February 17, 2013

Matting and framing

My friend Adlai Alexander asked if I could frame a couple of my pieces for him as well as a print done by another artist.  Basically, the top and bottom left two are a couple of sketches (obviously more finalized sketches) I did for him.  The bottom right is a  print of an illustration of him done by Hampton Rodriguez.
 I made a note to myself.  The top painting was intended to be a quick sketch, but it came out pretty good.  I shouldn't have used the cheap drawing paper.  There were some obvious defects in the paper that showed up.


  1. I can't see any defects from here, it looks great! Isn't it interesting how the frame can change the character of a piece? Yours look really nice!

  2. Thanks Katherine. The top painting didn't take the paint very well. It left some blotches in the skyline, but because it was not meticulously done, they don't affect it negatively. I was happy with how it came out framed.

  3. Sometimes those quick studies turn out so good, we have to always use good materials and hope for a very happy accident when we're not planning anything - I hope the paper holds up well over time - looks good in that frame. I really like the pale wood frames on watercolor - it brings out the lights. How nice that your friend appreciates your work so much.

    1. Thanks RH. Agreed. For one thing, skimping on supplies can give you less than realistic results. I learned this from that sketch. The water doesn't pool the same way, so what's the point, right? Unless it's purely a compositional sketch, but with watercolor you're always looking for those successful accidents. This would have looked so much better on watercolor paper. Lesson learned.