Sunday, May 23, 2010

It's Not Complete Until You Frame It

The Camo Violin 9x12

The Garden Fairy 20x30

The Toilet 16x20

Shadow Tulip 11x14

Typically, photographs are matted and framed in black wood as seen on many a gallery wall, but I believe the frame is the finishing touch that deserves just as much consideration as the elements of the photograph itself. The type of wood, the construction, the embellish-ments, whether or not to use matte: these all create a piece of art beyond the photograph. When I frame, I want to create a piece that will look wonderful in a living room, dining room or even a bathroom. I am not designing for the stark museum landscape. I am designing for the warmth of a home.

When I am looking for frames, whether it is pawing through antiques, perusing frame shops, or finding handmade items on the internet, I have a particular photograph in mind. I see the nuances in the frame that will bring out elements of the photograph and vice versa; it needs to pop. Most of the time, that is. Sometimes, I find a frame that I think would be wonderful, but I am not sure what piece to put it with, such as the piece above. I set the empty green frame over the packaged print of the Camo Violin while I was framing something else, looked over, and that was it .

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Thank you,

Sarah McTernen

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