|A Window Through Time - plein air|
pastel on black cardstock
12x5.5", 12x12", 12x5.5" triptych
So, framing it. I went back and forth about how to do this - three separate frames, mats or not, etc. The problem with three separate frames is that the side pieces - 12x6"- are not standard sizes. I cannot afford to custom frame anything, so it had to work within the confines of what is available pre-made. I also thought the effect would be lost with matting each piece.
What I came up with was to frame all 3 pieces together in a 12x24" frame, separated by 0.5" on top of a mat. I chose a 3" mahogany plein air frame, rather than gold, silver or black, which is what I most often use. I'm also one of those crazy rebels that frames the pastels right up against the glass with no spacers. Guess what: despite what the naysayers try to tell you, it works great.
Here's what it looked like initially:
|framed on off-white matboard|
Earlier in the week, I happened to swing by a nearby thrift store, as I was looking for some long-sleeved shirts to wear while painting. In the frame section, this caught my eye:
It's solid oak. And you can see the price - $5 - including glass. And, a 1:2 aspect, although I wasn't sure of the exact dimensions (turns out it is 8x16"). But, I knew it would be perfect for one of the 6x12" pieces I did at Chaco: Score!
I sanded all the clear glossy varnish off to bare wood, and using some titanium white oil paint and mineral spirits to give the effect of liming, transformed it to this:
Not bad, eh? I think it suits "Fajada Butte" perfectly.