Wednesday, May 02, 2012

A Good Choice for Reasonable Plein Air Style Frames

'Signs of Summer'            16x20       oil on canvas      ©Karen Margulis      SOLD
I love to paint but I dislike framing. Fortunately I don't have to do much framing. I have two galleries who prefer to handle the framing of my work and the paintings I sell online are unframed.  Every once in awhile I need to frame something. This weekend I am going to the Blue Ridge Georgia Plein Air Festival and I will need to frame anything I want to enter into the exhibition. So I am packing up frames and framing supplies and thought I'd share some of my favorite sources.

Since I don't do much framing I haven't opened an account with some of the wholesale framers so my recommendations are from the point of view of someone who occasionally needs a frame. When I want a really nice, well made, good looking frame for a great price I order from King of Frames. www.kingofframe.com  Randy Higbee and his crew do a wonderful job and I love their frames. They usually have a good selection on sale for $30 too!
A frame from King of Frames  11x14 Arroyo Gold


If I want  to spend less than $30 but want a decent wooden plein air style frame then I get them from Jerrys Artarama or ASW art Supplies. I like the Plein Air style in gold, black and mahogany. They can be found on sale for $12.99 for a 5x7 for example. They also come in other finishes. They are decent quality for the price. I actually like to have a few on hand to use when I am evaluating a painting to see if I am finished. I call them my 'Magic Frames' because it is almost magic how they can make your painting appear more finished than you thought it was.  My student love when I bring the Magic Frame around!

An example of a gold plein air style 'Magic Frame'
Today's painting of the Queen Annes Lace at the top of the page is the largest oil I have attempted so far at 16x20. I am going to be brave and bring my oils to this weekend's plein air festival in Blue Ridge. I will let you know how it goes!

8 comments:

rsbamberg said...

Karen, ii loved the pastel demo of the queen Anne's lace that you did at our workshop...and now this oil version is another lovely and beautiful interpretation. Hope you do wel at the exhibition...take care.

robertsloan2art said...

Wow! You sure are painting larger going up to 16" x 20" - lovely painting. Thanks for the link to King of Frames too. I don't frame when I sell online and I'd love to get a gallery that does the framing. What I want is to get a couple of frames for small paintings I bought from other artists.

And of course as I get out and become more physically active in San Francisco, I may need to frame some of my paintings for exhibits and shows!

Roxanne Steed said...

Wow! I thought this painting was one of your pastels (which I always love!)- but I just saw that it's an oil! How cool is that?! You handle both mediums so beautifully!!

Karen said...

Thank you Rhonda! I really appreciate your comment!

Karen said...

Your welcome Robert! I hope that you do get to a point where you will need frames for shows!! That's a good thing!

Karen said...

Hi Roxanne,
Thank you so much for the comment. It means a lot to me. I was inspired to try the oils after the convention and now I think I am hooked!

Karen Johnston Daily Paintings said...

Hi Karen, I love 'Signs of Summer' beautiful soft painting and lovely colors!

Karen said...

Thank you very much Karen! I appreciate the comment!