You've got a beautiful piece of art. You have a great space to display it. Unfortunately, the frame doesn't do it justice.
This is a problem that doesn't have a clear answer. Framing art is a matter of individual taste though there are some decorating tips to keep in mind. Like the art itself, over-complicating the frame its in can drag the eye in directions it doesn't want to go in.
For just a single piece, putting a 'busy' frame on art that is already loaded with imagery is akin to wearing polka dots with plaid. If the frame is multicolored, displays items unrelated to the art, or is in an different style (abstract vs. rustic), the feel of that art piece can change entirely. However, if the frame is relatively neutral, such as the image above, and links to the picture or painting inside of it, there's absolutely nothing wrong with a little embellishment. Also, consider putting a softening buffer between the frame and art with mats. Single or Double Mats inside a frame can eliminate the jarring transition from frame to art. Triple Mats seem too busy, in my opinion but there's no reason not to consider it, particularly for larger landscapes.
For a gallery wall, there's a fine line when it comes to balancing those embellished frames. You can have one core artwork in a detailed frame while the rest art neutral. Or have three, aim for an odd number, while the others are neutral. Or, all of the frames can be unique. All without slipping into the polka dots with plaid dilemma. On the latter, you definitely want to consider the space all those pretty frames are in and what the background wall color is. Flat, neutral and warm is best but if there's wall paper, you can toe the line a little further by blending the frames into the wall's aesthetic.
When it comes to framing, the only hard rule I stand by is to make sure everything uplifts the art.
So, here we are with new art in our hands and little to no idea what to do with it! Let's take a wee step beyond driving a nail into the drywall and calling it a day. I've done a bit of research on various ways, collecting tips and tricks, on how to display art without detracting from it or the space chosen to hang it in.
The number one most important piece of advice I picked up was how to tie art to the room itself. Color, naturally, is the smartest and easiest way to draw the eye to any artwork while seamlessly blending it in to the decor as well.
For example, in the image here there are nearly two dozen visible prints on display yet they tie together fairly well. The centralized watercolor of blue, green and yellowing leaves provides a base to tie the rest in. Shades of blue connect to the smaller prints while some of the smaller prints add a new color, such as the pink in the upper right which, in turn, links to the pink in the upper left that has a yellow tying it back to the central image.
Were I to connect this collage, or simply the central watercolor to the room, I would consider applying the same connected thread to furniture. Say, if this was in a living room, a few throw pillows in matching blues, yellows or both would blend a sofa to the art no matter the color of the sofa. A lampshade in a similar color scheme could frame one side of the display. If this were a dining room, a centerpiece on the table similarly colored would bounce the eye from it to the art.
Considering color can bring your artwork outside the frame and envelope you with just a few creative touches in your environment!
What to do, what to do? In between art shows, what else is there? Live life, settle back into the day-to-day while counting down to the next show. Well, I, like many of the world out there, can't get through a day without asking questions or seeking to expand on knowledge.
Perhaps you out there have had questions you would like answers to or thoughts that could be discussed giving them room to grow and bloom. I would like to offer up an open line of dialogue here and on our Facebook with the hashtag: #AskAIW.
No matter what question you have, be it about art, the Kane area, or even wilderness in general, lay it down here and I will do all I can to pick it up and run with it. It may get featured here! To quote the ever quotable Benjamin Franklin, "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."
Also, look forward to some new blog posts coming at you twice a week here!
Keep living and learning out there, and love art!
- Jackie for Art in the Wilds
On to 2020
Our 2019 Show was awesome and we are looking forward to the 2020 Art in the Wilds show June 27, 10AM to 5PM and Sunday, June 28, 2020, 10AM to 4PM in beautiful Evergreen Park, Kane, Pennsylvania. Put it on your calendar!
Written and managed by Jackie, a member of the guiding forces behind Art in the Wilds.
Are you a fine artisan who would like to send us your application? Applications for the 2020 show will be due by March 1, 2020! Click here for more info (the Application will be posted at the end of this year): Guidelines