My Twix Mini piece is back from the framer, and I'm really happy with how it came out. (This is a terrible picture of it, sorry. My wall does not in reality gradate from light blue to pale green - nor does the art!)
I'd almost forgotten what a rush it is to see your art framed. Well, it is for me, at least. A proper framing job always makes the piece look better. I remember my graduation show from art school, with all my selected pieces up on the gallery wall on Sutter St. in San Francisco - wow! I was a 'real artist'. All those drawings and illustrations that had been laying around my studio were all of a sudden 'important'.
I think I might start laying aside a tuppence or two here and there to put into a 'framing fund', and get more things framed on a regular basis - whether they're going into a show or not.
This frame had to meet CPSA show requirements, which, in a nutshell, was "keep it simple". We pondered several "white" mats, as well as which type of narrow black frame - even with "simple" there are a lot of choices! I think the mat we settled on is Heritage White, and although you can't see it here, it compliments the art perfectly.
So now I get to pack this up in my special Airfloat Systems packing crate and send it off to the show.
One little thing I wanted to mention is about pricing your art when you do something like this. We all know a gallery will take its commission - usually 50%, and in the case of this show, 30%. Then you have to figure in framing costs. And for a show like this, crating and shipping. It can add up! The crate alone for this little piece cost $50. I don't know how much the shipping back and forth will be. The framing, as simple as it was, was over $100. (I did spring for UV plexiglass, but it wasn't that much more.) I'm just saying. Be sure you think it through before you name your price, or you'll be the proverbial starving artist.