Finally Framing My Work

"Walkin' the Dog"
6x8 oil on canvas panel
© 2009 Carol Horzempa

This January my well-intentioned plan was to frame everything that needs frames before starting another painting. All month I have been touching up and rescuing paintings, some of which I thought weren't worthy of a frame. It is a lot more time consuming than I thought.

I have learned one thing though, no more odd size paintings! I am fortunate enough to have a spouse who has a special gift in woodworking and can make beautiful frames out of recycled wood any size I want.

This painting, which was an odd size, was done for a Karen Jurick challenge. I was able to enlarge it to a 6x8 by adding more background.

The frame is made from recycled wood that my husband rescued from an old house that was being torn down several years ago. I think this pine wood taken from an old paneled wall looks beautiful in its second life or should I say third as a frame. I even like the little dings and patina that gives it a rustic look!

11 comments:

  1. You are going gloriously green giving panels a second life surrounding your beautiful work. I applaud you for that. It looks like a $100 frame!

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  2. What is your address so that I can send your husband my paintings. My husbands workshop tools are gathering dust, I will be showing him this post.
    The frame is perfect for this painting. How many has he done?

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  3. WOW! Beautiful! What a wonderfully talented couple you are and so complementary of each other's skills! I do believe you've made a bunch of people rather envious with this post, myself included. ;)

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  4. Beautiful painting, and it is so nice your husband helps out with the frames. The painting and the frame are both incredible. I love the character the dings bring also. I need to put my dad to work making some frames. :)

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  5. Hi Carol, The frame looks beautiful! Your husband does a super job, just like you! I love the painting, especially your use of complements, the colors just glow.

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  6. I remember this painting from Karin's challenge, so glad to see it have a second chance at life! Well deserving of this beautiful frame.

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  7. I'm so glad you are finally giving all those painting the frames they deserve! I hope to see them scattered all over the walls next time we visit.

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  8. The frame is beautiful. Dings and such just add panache! I, too, have learned and then relearned the odd size lesson. It's a hard one for sometimes a subject just needs to be an odd size!
    Your painting is lovely as well. I would never have guessed that you tinkered with the composition to reach standard dimensions.

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  9. Thank you for stopping by and following my blog. I have been an admirer of your beautiful work since Karin's DSDF days. You are quite an inspiration, Carol.

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  10. Lucky you! Framing does make paintings look so great!

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