Crazy about Floater Frames
I unpacked several new frames yesterday and I am really loving the way floater frames showcase small paintings. Each of these paintings of Muir Beach -- one towards the sea, one towards the hill -- is just 6 inches square. When a small painting is placed in a traditional frame, the molding that holds the painting in place can "trim" as much as 1/4" all around. In a floater frame, the painting is mounted from the front on the frame onto a backing where it floats (see the dark line around the edge of the canvas) and the sides of the painting are exposed. The frames are 13 inches square and the finish is dark brown with hints of a red underwash and a gold border.
Think Big, Paint Small
Often, I see a scene I like but I am not sure how it will translate to a full-size painting. So I do a "study" -- a small painting to test out my ideas. Every so often, I just like the small painting the way it is and call it a day.
"Sonoma Hay" is one of those paintings -- it's just 5 x 7 and I popped it into a standard size photo frame (with glass removed). It's the perfect size for a small wall, a side table or on a stack of books on a bookshelf. If you've wanted one of my paintings - here's a chance to get one for a song - just $150. It's available at Moss and Moss in Mill Valley.
I just discovered a new type of frame - called a floater frame. Instead of mounting a painting through the back of the frame, which hides the painting edges, you "float" the painting on a solid board and the edges show.
This is very effective with small paintings, and gives them a lot of presence on a wall.
I was able to secure this frame at a great price, so I am happy to pass along those savings.
"Tennessee Valley" is a oil painting that measures just 6 x 6 inches, and is on sale for only $150 at Moss & Moss, in Mill Valley, California.
We spend a lot of time in the heart of our homes, gathering with family and friends and creating good food and memories. Kitchens are a natural place for art - and not just the masterpieces taped to the refrigerator! Still life paintings of fruit and vegetables are natural subjects for art in the kitchen, but have you ever considered a landscape?
This beautiful gourmet kitchen in Washington state is the new home for my recent oil study of Mt. Tamalpais. The owner chose a warm cherry frame to complement the cabinetry, and the cool gray-blue color palette of the painting picks up tones in the slate backsplash and the skies of the Pacific Northwest.
I was driving through the charming town of Larkspur, California, and noticed that one of my paintings was on display at the Magnolia Gallery - on Magnolia Avenue, near the Tavern at Lark Creek and Yankee Pier restaurants.
A collector brought it in to be framed and the gallery owner, Theresa, decided to put the painting on display while the frame was being built. Thanks for the exposure, Theresa!
The Magnolia Gallery is a warm, friendly place and has simply beautiful moldings to choose from. If you are in the area, and need something framed - visit at 250 Magnolia Avenue or call 415-924-7702.
Choosing a Frame for a Painting
When you buy a painting from a gallery, they often have framed it according to their taste - which may or may not be the same as yours.
When you buy a painting directly from an artist, you may be getting an attractive, but relatively inexpensive frame. Artists know, and framers will concur, that many collectors like to reframe art to match their decor.
When a painting feels too small for its intended hanging place, the right frame can make it work. For this recently sold painting, the collector worked with a great framer, The Framing Dragon of Mill Valley, and decided to visually enlarge the painting with a linen liner. What an elegant solution!
About the artist
Linda Rosso is a California artist who delights in the colors she sees out of the corners of her eyes. Read more...
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