Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Framing Big


A while back I painted a very large painting of Eaton Canyon. The painting measured 36" X 48". I ordered a very cool looking 5" wide gold frame for it which arrived a couple of days ago....cost a small fortune too. When the frame arrived I couldn't get over the size of it. It's huge compared to all of the other frames I had ordered in the past. I framed the painting this morning and it's now hanging in my living room for the studio tour that will happen later this month.
Linda giving me a hand here...literally! This shows the normal smaller wire hangers I use compared to the larger ones needed for this frame, haha. Big guys there. Nice thick wire on this one too...I think it was 100lb wire wrapped in plastic. Painting and frame weighs about 40-45lbs. For those of you painters doing your own framing you can find these wire hangers on eBay and buy them in lots of 250. See the black tape wrapped over the wire....this is to protect the hands of the volunteers who will one day hang your work in gallery shows. They will appreciate not jabbing loose wires under their finger nails if you remember to take the extra two seconds to wrap the ends with tape. Be kind!

5 comments:

Mick Carney said...

Looks great in the frame. The tip about hanging is well made. Hope the sensible visitors in Ca. dig into their pockets and buy it. It's a beaut.

Ron Guthrie said...

Thanks Mick. Photos are really hard to show some things and the overall size of this in the frame just doesn't have the impact in the photo. The frame was just awesome when I took it out of the box...it really dominated everything in the studio. Thanks buddy.

Marian Fortunati said...

It's a beautiful painting Ron...
Thanks for the info about the hardware... hadn't thought of ebay...

Sandy Farley, Fine Artist said...

I get my hardware in big lots on eBay, too. I like that you also consider folks who will have to handle the piece. I was always worried about my clients' potential injury, and use black tape on the wire wrapped ends as well. Never framed anything that big, or with that wide a frame. Very beautiful -- great investment! Thanks for sharing your experience with us, Ron.

Ron Guthrie said...

Hi Marian....after the first couple of years of framing work I thought there had to be a cheaper way to buy the hardware needed and found people on eBay. Like Costco, you have to be able to buy in lots but in the end you save a bundle. Thanks Marian.

Hi Sandy....I've hung many an artist guild show and found out how fun it is to get your fingers poked by loose wires so I like to help out the people who do the hanging as much as possible....besides, it just looks better too. Thanks Sandy!
Ron