Friday, September 11, 2020

Framing Tips - How to Display a Painting on a Wood or Canvas Panel

So you purchased a painting on a wood panel or canvas panel--now what? Here are some options.*


Option 1:

Don’t frame it. I get sawtooth hangers at the hardware store. Measure to find the center of the panel. Glue the bracket on. (I use a hot glue gun.) Drive a small nail into the wall. Hang it up. The painting hovers on the wall, very modern looking. If you decide to frame it later, you can easily remove the sawtooth hanger.

Option 2: 

Frame it in a traditional frame. Ready-made traditional frames are widely available, in a variety of finishes and styles. Acrylic and oil paintings should not be framed behind glass. Collages, watercolors, and drawings should be protected behind glass or plexi.

The only drawback to a traditional frame is illustrated above. The red line shows how much of this 12 x 12 inches painting was obscured behind the frame's edge. The larger the painting, the less of a big deal this is. But if your painting is small and has details near the panel's edge, this might be a problem.

Option 3:

Frame it in a floater frame. A floater frame leaves at least a 1/8" gap between the frame face and the painting's edge, so no details are lost behind the frame's front edge. You will not usually see ready-made floater frames in retail stores, but they can be found easily enough online. (I have some links below.) 

Keep a close eye on the depth (or rabbet height), though, when you are shopping. Ideally you want a 3/8" depth (rabbet height), but that is difficult to find in a ready-made frame. A wood or canvas panel will work fine in any frame with a 7/8” depth (rabbet height) or less. Know that with a deeper rabbet, your image will take on some shadow.

The main drawback to using a floater frame is the level of difficulty involved in mounting the panel in the frame. Ampersand, an art materials manufacturer, has put together an instruction sheet for framing with floaters. -- https://ampersandart.com/pdf/Ampersand-floaterframe-Instruction-Sheet.pdf

Floater frames around the web:

Affordable black floater frame -- https://www.webpictureframes.com/product4/3442/black-panel-floater-frame.html?action_id=set_artwork_size&action_data=6,6

Unfinished 3-pack of 6 x 6 inches floater frames on Etsy -- https://www.etsy.com/listing/684506877/tile-float-frames-6x6-unfinished-for

Variety of brands and finishes available from Blick -- https://www.dickblick.com/categories/framing/frames/float/

Available in many different finishes on Amazon -- https://www.amazon.com/Square-Floater-Canvas-Paintings-Stretched/dp/B08BH6DJ6J?th=1

My personal favorite online frame source is Franken Frames. A note about ordering a custom-built frame, though. You will need to add 1/4" to the dimensions of the artwork to make the float space.  -- https://frankenframes.com/frame_ccs.php?Frame_id=674

Option 4:

Take your artwork to a professional framer. And if you're going this route, I urge you to find a small, local custom frame shop to support, rather than a large corporate chain. I always have a much better experience, on a human level, when I work with an independent craftspeople. (Lynn Atkins Custom Framing is my cousin's shop in Manteo, North Carolina. She's amazing!!!)

*All of the links are suggestions, not endorsements. (Except Lynn--she is the best!) This blog post is not sponsored or a paid advertisement or anything like that. Just some helpful tips for my collectors. 


Monday, July 27, 2020

July 2020 newsletter

A dozen new paintings of flowers are in the shop, and the Bloom & Grow exhibition at Annmarie Garden is up through August.  Read on…



Hi there,
I started a series of flower paintings when my mom asked for a painting of lilies for her birthday back in June. I made her painting and just kept on going. A dozen new paintings are in the shop now priced $100 each, which includes US shipping.

SHOP PAINTINGS OF FLOWERS

The Bloom & Grow exhibition at .Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center is up through August, and the main gallery is open to masked, socially-distanced visitors. I have a small painting of trees in the show.

VISIT BLOOM & GROW ONLINE

I’m taking a printmaking class in August though the Art Students League of New York. I’ll be posting pictures of my experiments to Instagram and Facebook. The pandemic is truly awful, but I am grateful for the sudden proliferation of online learning opportunities.

As usual, I ship on Fridays. Stay safe!

Love,
Barb

SHOP PAINTINGS OF TREES

SHOP ALL PAINTINGS



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Monday, June 1, 2020

Etsy Shop is Now Open


Hey,
I re-opened my shop today. I am still in the process of adding new work, but right now there are 177 pieces listed, so there are more than a few to choose from. Be sure to check out the folder of tree paintings and the new master studies. US shipping is included, and I ship Fridays.

SHOP TREE PAINTINGS

SHOP MASTER STUDIES

SHOP ALL PAINTINGS

Love,
Barb

Thursday, May 28, 2020

June 2020 Newsletter

My online painting shop will re-open Mon, June 1st, restocked with new work. The tree-huggers among you will be incredibly happy. Read on…


Hi everyone,
My online painting shop will re-open on Monday, June 1st, restocked with new work. The tree-huggers among you will be incredibly happy. As before, I will only be shipping on Fridays, in order to stay home as much as possible. I hope you are well!
Love,
Barb

"Invitation" painting of trees by Barb Mowery (c) 2020

Bloom & Grow: Brilliant Botanicals

I am quite pleased with myself about my painting "Invitation" being juried into the "Bloom & Grow" exhibition at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center. 

May 30 – August 30, 2020

Brick & Mortar Show 
(subject to change based on the COVID-19 crisis)

Opening Reception
Friday, June 19th, 5-8pm
Exhibition
June 12 – August 30, 2020

13740 Dowell Road
Solomons, Maryland 20688
410-326-4640

Printed gift shop

Please note, for now I am keeping the printed gift shop closed. I work with a printing partner for those items. Because of the increased number of orders and their efforts to keep their workers safe, the printer is experiencing production delays.  I'll let you know when things are more normal-ish.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Etsy shops closed through April


I am closing my Etsy shops (the artwork one & the printed gift shop) for the month of April. At least. Maryland is under a “stay home” order. Selling artwork is not a good enough reason risk the health of postal workers or the good people who make my prints or myself. The paintings will still be there later. Thank you for understanding.

Http://www.etsy.com/shop/bbmowery

Http://www.etsy.com/shop/painterlygifts