|'Come Smell the Roses' 5x7 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
It's like looking through a window. When you are looking at something through a window do you notice the curtains or the color of the wall or the carpet? Most likely the answer is NO! You are looking at the scene outside the window and everything else goes away. They are distractions but you don't notice them.
(photo of a busy support board)
That is the beauty of putting a mat or mount or frame around a painting that is almost finished. The mat or frame removes the distractions around the painting. The mat/frame becomes a window and now you can clearly see the painting and evaluate it more easily. Your support board color and all the marks on this board can no longer influence how you see your painting.
When you haven't isolated your paintings from these distractions they actually become a part of the painting!
Now you can clearly see the painting and look at the important considerations of your design, values and color. You can see how the edges of your painting work with the frame. Are there awkward shapes? Is there any hard edges leading the eye off the painting? How does the viewer travel through the painting? The window onto the painting helps you answer these questions.
What if I don't want to carry mats or frames when I travel, paint en plein air or go to class?
|Black artist tape as a frame|
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