To Frame or Not to Frame

That is the question. Most of my paintings are done on gallery-wrapped canvas (1 1/2 inches thick), so framing is optional. They’re large enough to have a presence all on their own. My smaller paintings, the 10 x 10’s or the 12 x 12’s, are on 3/4 inch canvas and need frames to really set them off properly. Therein lies a dilemma. Do I want to spend the money and put in the work needed to frame the pieces, or should I just leave it to my customers to recognize that the paintings look good as is but will look fantastic in frames?

Since I’m planning to participate in an art fair in July, I decided to invest the time and money. Here’s an example – framed vs. unframed. What do you think?

Cream ‘n’ Sugar, 10 x 10, unframed

Cream ‘n’ Sugar, 10 x 10, framed, ready to display

I think the simple black frame sets off the image nicely and helps the completed painting make a nice statement.

Art Marketing by Trial and Error

 

 

 

 

I’m continuing to follow the mentorship process offered by Jason Horejs of Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ.  I’ve been following the advice as well as I can.  To that end, I’ve focused my body of work, streamlined my website, started this blog, and have begun offering my work on-line, through DailyPaintWorks.com.  At first, I posted my paintings as “for sale” only, until one of their blog entries told the story of how one of their artists got started by offering his work at auction for very low prices.  This practice has eventually led to a thriving on-line business. So here is my 2nd auction entry.  It can be yours for only $20, if no one tops the initial bid.

http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/barbara-lipkin/flowers/237640Image

Another New Venture

I’ve decided to enter the on-line auction market.  Just posted my first piece this evening.  Whoever bids is likely to get a real bargain, although it was bargain-priced in the first place at only $90, plus S&H.  But the opening bid is now only $45, with a “buy it now” option of $75.00.  “Peaches,” acrylic, 10 x 10.  This is one of my first paintings in acrylic.  It was a learning experience, since acrylic paints don’t immediately lend themselves to subtle shadings or  a lot of blending.  But I think I got the hang of it pretty quickly.Image

Abstract or realism? Which is it?

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                   Breakfast, Oil, 16 x 20, $425

Abstract (adj.) – to draw from, separate [L. <ab(s)-, from + trahere, to draw]
(Wesbster’s New World Dictionary, 2nd College Edition, Prentice Hall Press, 1986)

Most of my recent paintings explore the notion of abstraction.  When does a representation go from being very realistic to being abstract?  I think it has to do with the artist removing the context of the objects being depicted.  In “Breakfast,” the viewer is required to focus just on the objects, without being able to tell where the breakfast is located or who might be starting to eat it. An abstract painting can certainly consist of shapes and colors, without relating at all to reality.  An abstract painting can also adhere to the literal meaning of the word “abstract,” by separating the subject from its surroundings.  In that sense, surrealism is also abstraction.