There are certain remarks that are made about art, particularly at exhibitions, that are often overheard by artists. These can be quite offending at times and cause distress. The rule is that if you are viewing artwork in a gallery or any public space, by all means make comments, but speak quietly!
“Lovely frame”. This could mean that the painting is so bad that the frame is its only highlight. It could also mean that the frame is completely unsuitable, but would look great with any other painting in the room. Always comment on the painting first, the frame is secondary.
I believe that frames are there to highlight, not dominate. I choose fairly quiet frames and neutral mounts with my drawings.
Tomorrow: “How long did it take you to do that?”