I was kindly given a assortment of different types and sizes of old frames by a friend and artist . In the last couple of weeks I have started to restore and make good the old frames so I have a selection of frames to choose from in the future to utilize for display purposes .
As most of the paintings I sell are unframed it's also a very good opportunity to take time to enjoy mounting and framing some of my paintings .
All of the old dark frames were badly scratched so I decided to see if I could take them back to the natural timber . To remove the dark staining from the old frames I used paint/vanish remover and then sanded them down with fine sand paper ...time consuming but rewarding. . I've yet to decide the finish ....to leave them as they are , treat them with a wax , vanish them or paint them . A couple of them I will re-stain to the original dark as I have a few small paintings that will look good with a darker frame .
" white frames" making good + repainted timber frames
I made good some simple timber handmade frames by just cleaning , sanding and repainting them.
The rest of the old frames were painted with multiple layers with a wonderful variety of colours blue, pink and white , and gold so it took longer to sand them down and repaint them . You have to be patience and very gentle when sanding to be careful not to damage or reshape the frames . As each frame is different with various sections and moulds to create uniformity I decided to paint them a neutral colour . I used an acrylic white paint with a satin finish . I choose to handpaint them with a fine flat acrylic / oil brush . An alternative would have been to air brush them which would have given an excellent finish .
Most of the frames were in reasonable condition but a few still need fixing at the corners before I start restoring them .
It would be good to hear if any one else refurbishes and utilizes old frames .
VIEW ACROSS THE LAKE OF MONASTERY AND FARMHOUSE BANDOUILLE PAINTING AT THE MONASTERY
I have just accepted a wonderful invitation to hold a weeks watercolour workshop in the Deux Sevres region of France at Bandouille . It is a stunning location for a painting holiday . If you are interested for full details of the workshop please contact Bix Nash via FRANCE PAINTING HOLIDAY
BANDOUILLE PITTURA AL MONASTERO
Ho accettato la bellissima offerta di tenere un workshop di acquarello settimanale nella campagna francese in Boundouille . Le Iscrizioni sono aperte. Il corso è in inglese ma parlo anche in italiano se ci saranno italiani
......posting a few more washes from this week using just white gouache and sepia ink ......on the hillside the trees are still relatively bare some houses can still just be seen before the season changes and everything vanishes again. . The initial washes above show two different view points exploring different application of ink and gouache.
one of my aims this year is to paint outside as much as possible ..... the views are complex so I hope continiously sketching will help ....posting a couple of quick small plein air skeches of vineyards I made earlier in the week .
Maggie has prompted me to carry on exploring with ink and washes when she asked if i was going to add ink marks to my last wash . Here is a recent bright watercolour wash which I randomly wet the surface of and just poured ink on ....a few drips formed they reminded me of the tall lombardy popular trees..I liked how the ink pigment sedimented where I added extra water at the top ....I could have probably added a little extra detail as it was drying.
Maggie Latham is currently posting a wonderful series of ink wash tutorials on her blog
In the spirit of the award I'm passing the award onto 5 other bloggers . Enjoy looking at their blogs !
Sadamihttp://sadamisgraffiti.blogspot.it/ Sadami is a talented children's illustrator and fine artist who has a wonderful sense of humour ! Floriana AQUALUNGA http://rossoriso.blogspot.it/ Floriana is a member of A.I.A Associazione Italiana Acquerellisti Floriana work is so expressive . I enjoyed seeing Floriana's work at A.I.A's exhibition in Verona.
Jane Moller http://jane-truecolors.blogspot.it/ Jane who lives in Milan is also a member of A.I.A Associazione Italiana Acquerellisti . I'm enjoying watching Jane's new journey with oils unfold . Her watercolours are very "vivace" and use colour is wonderful. Christinahttp://cristinaswatercolors.blogspot.it/ Christina who is another Italian watercolourist is currently busy preparing her first solo exhibition in Verona ...good luck "in bucca al lupo" Christina !
As this weekend is the last weekend of Carnival here in Italy I thought it would be nice for a change to share one of my reference photos for you to use . I hope the Venetian masks might inspire a few fellow bloggers / readers to paint .I look forward to seeing your interpretations . If you do decide to use my reference photo please link back to my blog . BUON CARNEVALE !
At the start of January Maggie Latham generously started colour tutorials on her blog, the link is below : Maggie also made a series of very interesting interviews about Artist who blog Artist to Artist about role of colour in there work and influences