The Path



My painting The Path just became a wedding gift for our friends (L&D). This was done after a motif by Masqua’s Art, who published a photograph that got my attention, and I challenged him to a “paint-off”. I was happy with the outcome.

Here is the painting at their house.


Appreciation for Custom Framing

Every artist suffers from the cost of framing. I tend to paint large oil paintings. My favorite sizes range from 24 by 30 inches, to 36 by 36, or even 36 by 48. Buying the canvas and paint for such a painting is one expense, but the most significant one comes when the work is all done: Framing. A decent frame for a 36 by 36 painting will cost $500 or more. I usually buy them only with discount coupons, but even then they will be between $200 and $350 each. Many artists simply cannot afford that. Yet, I have found, a paining looks phenomenally more complete and impressive with a quality frame.

While the video below is an advertisement, I found it nonetheless inspiring and it taught me what an art framing is all by itself, and why it is so expensive. I have a new appreciation for the work my framers do after watching it. See for yourself:

Morning Moon over Kensington

Morning Moon over Kensington - Final

Morning Moon over Kensington, Sep 2014, Oil on Wood, 48″ x 24″

I did a small draft of this painting earlier this spring, and finally did the final version. This is done on a sheet of 1/2 inch plywood I bought at Home Depot. The painting is meant to be an “outside painting,” something one would hang in a patio, an entryway, by the pool, etc.

Now I have to look for a suitable heavy-duty frame, like barn wood or drift wood, or even metal. Any ideas?

Morning Moon Over Kensington

Morning Moon over Kensington

Morning Moon Over Kensington, 2/2014, Oil on Panel, 20″ x 16″

I considered making an outdoor painting (something to hang in a patio or an outdoor restaurant) the size of a door. The frame should be roughhewn facia board or barn wood. The surface could be an old door, or just a piece of plywood.

This painting was meant to be just a draft or a concept of what the big painting would be. The painting itself would be about three feet wide and six feet tall (1 : 2 ratio), so the center section of this draft is 10 inches wide and 20 inches tall. That’s why there are two green “frame bars” on both sides.

Draft or not, this little painting is a good work of art on its own. I’ll keep it.

Now – the problem is – I don’t have a big enough studio to do a painting as tall as a door.