It must be in the air. Two artists, Anna Conti and Tracy Helgeson, whose blogs I read on a regular basis have talked about framing and cataloging and other un-glamorous aspects of being an artist in the last few weeks. As I was struggling with an enormous box of frames and what seemed like an unbelievable quantity of packing material on my front porch the other day, I couldn't help thinking this is not what people think of when they wish for a more artistic job. I spent most of an afternoon unpacking frames and trying to find a place for them in the house.
I ordered nearly 20 gold leaf frames recently for my paintings, even though I wasn't sure how they'd look with my art. I do paint rather traditional subjects, and these are very traditional frames. But I'm not really a traditional sort of person. But after framing a bunch of paintings, and then spending mother's day with my mom hanging them around the living room (she thought it was fun, really, and she put together a lovely bouquet of native flowers from my garden), I think the gold frames work well. Proof of the pudding will be at my shows later this summer.