I currently have 5 examples of my “not-so-recent” work on display at the Launceston Art Society’s headquarters at Eskleigh. ‘ “Deja Vous”, is an exhibition that gives members to show some of their older work that has been previously exhibited and not sold. It’s a great idea and 80 paintings are on display.
The issue of framing os one of the many challenges that artists face. Do I frame everything I produce? Do I choose the most expensive moulding? Do I need to frame my work? These are some of the questions we have no doubt asked ourselves from time to time.
I always frame my coloured pencil paintings with double, neutral mountboard and a frame that highlights my work. Framing is never a cheap exercise unless you use cheap frames. Cheap frames usually look cheap and rarely enhance a painting.
Coloured pencil paintings need to be framed the same as any other painting under glass. Let’s face it, in a gallery all artwork on display is competing with one another for attention.
I don’t mind if people asked me what medium I work in. They are often surprised when I tell them that it’s coloured pencil!
I know times are tough, but try not to cheapen your beautiful artwork with a second-rate frame. Be proud of what you do and make sure that you frame it appropriately.
These days I produce less work, better work and I’m careful what i frame and display in galleries. I want to give those who buy art value for their money. Shouldn’t we all?