by Janet Glatz
In past posts I've described the absolute necessity for A+ presentation, so yesterday, I spent the whole day on inventory: counting, posting, noting problems, etc. My goal is to make every piece as good as it can be before the show season. In past posts I've described the absolute necessity for A+ presentation.
One finishing touch some people forget:
With the continuing popularity of floater frames, having finished edges is paramount. Nothing irks me more than a nicely framed painting with ugly raw edges peaking out!
Of course an unframed painting should always have the edges done, but even it you are using other than a floater frame, it is still important to carry the paint around the edges to ensure no bald patches or flaws exist.
Some people paint all the edges the same color (hopefully one that blends well with the piece). I personally think that is a lazy way out. It always shows in a floater frame, causing a line of demarcation. Instead, I recommend carrying your painting out and around the edge, using the same colors as on the face, in the same configuration. If it is a tree, then continue those branches around the corner. If it is sky, simply extend it back around. Sure, it can seem like a pain, especially if you wait till the whole painting is finished before doing the edges. (I'm guilty of this too often!) So if you want to make it easier on yourself, do as you go. That way you won't have to mix colors anew and dirty all those brushes!
You are a professional, right? Then present your work as a professional artist would.