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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Acrylic Painting, Hometown Sunset

How about a painting? I painted this a while back and just haven't posted it. This is on a board with the Colourfix pastel medium on it. It was a brick red color to start with. I like the way the acrylic feels on it when you are painting. The rough surface is a little hard on the brushes, though. This is the Community Church in my hometown of Magdalena, New Mexico. It is intended for the show there this July 12 -13, but I could part with it before then if you like it. :) It is unframed at this time.

Hometown Sunset
Acrylic on Board, 9 x 12 inches

I'm thinking about how to present my show this year. Last year I had most of the new paintings framed in black gallery style frames. I think this might look good in a gold plein air frame. Guess I will have to try it out and see.

It is difficult to decide on framing. Some buyers can ignore the frame and frame it to suit themselves. Others will not buy a painting if they don't like the frame. Frames are expensive and hard to keep looking nice when the paintings are moved around. I have been painting in standard sizes for the most part to keep framing costs down. Custom frames are really expensive. Some artists frame everything the same for shows. Usually in black or natural wood for paintings with mats. Plein air painters tend to go with the flat gold frames about 3 inches wide.

Perhaps since this is a small town with no frame shop, I should go with what I like and think looks good on each painting. Hmmmm. Do you have any ideas on this?


Bag Blog said...

I like the acrylic sunset and church. As to frames, I'm not much help. I tend to frame my rather cheaply with simple wood or gold frames thinking that the buyer can replace the frame if he/she wants. That way, they are paying for the painting and not having to pay for expensive frames. I guess that takes us back to the "cost of a painting" discussion.

Jo Castillo said...

bag blog, that is how I have been doing it. Using ready made frames. Later,

fishing guy said...

Jo: I think this is a beautiful paiting and I like the details when you look at it closely. What a great sky.

leslie said...

I love that painting!

I used to frame in inexpensive metal, but if they get nicked, they can't be repaired.
A slightly 'distressed' readymade wood frame, though sometimes more expensive, is cost effective in the long run. You can give them a touch up if they get banged around.
Framing them all the same, or similarly, gives a cohesive look to a display, and takes the emphasis off the frames and puts it on the art.
Find out where people shop for frames in that location, be it a Walmart of a grocery, and see what they have in stock. That way you can direct buyers to a frame if they don't like the one you picked.

Framing...the bane of the artists existence :)

Jo Castillo said...

fishing guy, Thank you so much. Those skies in New Mexico are something! We live in the trees here and never see sunsets. :( I miss the high desert evenings.

Jo Castillo said...

Leslie, thank you for your thoughts. Your advice is about what I usually do. I appreciate your help and thinking.

Joan said...

Jo, I love the glow in that cloud!!! Beautiful!!

Jo Castillo said...

Joan, thanks. It is the New Mexico skies for sure.

"JeanneG" said...

great colors

Jo Castillo said...

Jeanne, Thanks, color is a favorite part of my painting.

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I Grew up in a small town , Magdalena, New Mexico. I enjoy art and the pleasure other people get from my work. I always donate some of my sales and art to charities, especially for children. That started in Bolivia with Para los NiƱos. (Link on sidebar) "I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns." -- Winston Churchill


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