Friday, 26 October 2012

May the frames be with you...

Well here's a very varied selection of images to have on the bench altogether. The pheasant painting is in a waxed oak frame with a double mount. A simple black frame with white mount for the storm trooper poster...and a lovely print from the Yellow Hat Gallery...there aren't many things you can frame in bright purple, but this looks gorgeous :-)

Mirror mirror on the wall...

Here's the first of the gesso frames we're producing now. This one has been gilded in white gold, painted in off-white, limed and aged, then fitted with a beveled mirror. It's 19x23 inches and is on display in the shop now :-)

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Portrait commission - Natasha

We've had a visit from Natasha this morning, she was sitting for some photos and discussing her painting commission. I'll be doing some sketches from the photos we've taken over the next week or so and then work on the painting can begin in mid November. It's going to be in the black, white and gold style of the other 'girl' paintings I've done this year. I'll be posting photos of the piece as it develops, so watch this space :-)

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Painting commission


Here's a painting commission we did for a customer last week. They had moved from the house on the left to the one on the right and wanted a piece to commemorate this occasion. I paint commissions in many different styles, in this instance, swirling watercolour was the one chosen :-). Once the painting was finished, I framed it with a simple double mount and contemporary black moulding.

For further information on commissioning a piece, just email or call Graham :-)

Red suede

Here are the last two frames that have gone out to Hook & Eye in Witney. Silver, black & red suede... All very passionate :-)

Friday, 19 October 2012

Oh I do like to be by the seaside...

Another deep frame today. A lovely little seascape. I've put it in a limed oak frame, which automatically gives you a seaside/driftwood feel. Then it's floated 10mm over white mount board, the difference with this one is I've added a blue mount board spacer to the side. It really sets the painting off nicely and I'll recommend this technique to customers again :-)



This gorgeous watercolour came in for reframing having been dropped and damaged, a new silver moulding and a clean have restored it to its former glory :-)

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Adding depth to a frame

A couple of lovely little prints in for framing today, now behind Artglass, so no nasty reflections. Both have been set back in the frame, the red hares are float mounted and then set back using foamboard along the inner edge of the frame. The Picasso like figure is set back in the black frame using a matching spacer. Both use a simple technique to really enhance the framing and make the prints that extra bit special :-)



Some of the frame cutting I've been working on this morning. Bottom left are a new selection of oak mouldings we've got in stock now. The rest are all going to be gessoed and gilded for a series of paintings that will form the core of our winter exhibition next month.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Friday, 5 October 2012

School photos

I wish we'd had school photos this good when my son was younger, these are fantastic. Really colourful and the photographer captured some great expressions. Lots more colour in the framing, blue for a boy and pink for a girl...lots of fun :-)

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Painted ceramics

Another lovely collection of ceramics has gone on display in the shop today. Hand painted by Mary Knowland, there are plates, bowls, mugs and cups. Figurative and patterned pieces, all collectable, practical and very beautiful.