As an artist, I am often asked about framing art. Since this is the holiday season, the question is asked more frequently as many of you are thinking about providing gifts of art (paintings, photographs, fiber art, etc.) to others or may soon be receiving art as gifts from others.
When framing your art, you can expect the size of the completed project will be roughly 20-30% larger than the art piece. For example, an 11″ x 14″ print when matted and framed will likely be in the neighborhood of 15″ x 18″ final dimensions. The size could be more or less depending on the size of the frame and the size of the mat, if use a one (some things look best without a mat). Recently there seems to be a trend to use large mats.
I have found using a professional framing vendor has the best results. Doing so gives you the opportunity to consult with an experienced person who knows framing options, colors, composition, trends, materials, etc. Collaborating with such experts provides you with the best final piece which you can be proud to display in your home or business or to give as a present to another.
Some professional framing vendors provide you the resources to do framing on their premises yourself-should you so choose. The framing vendor will provide some direction in that process which can be a lot of fun and saves some expense. If framing art yourself, expect the total process (including the frame cutting by the employees) will take about 1 to 1 1/2 hours of your time. Most framing providers will have your work finished within 2-3 weeks if you have them frame the work themselves.
The Portland, Oregon area has a number of framing companies that are reliable, helpful and have a wide selection of frames. My personal favorite is Macadam Frame Central (www.framecentral.com) in the John’s Landing area as they have been the most timely and have a very well trained, friendly staff who care about their customers and clients needs.
Poppy Field (shown above) was painted with a fine 2006 Canon De Sol Red Table Wine from the Canon De Sol Winery in Benton City, Washington and is available for purchase by going to the Modern/Abstract drop down category under Shop Our Art and following the prompts.