Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Watercolor Artist Magazine - August 2008

The new August issue of Watercolor Artist magazine has a very good article on framing, written by editor Kelly Kane. I contributed my thoughts and methods re framing large scale work, and part of that is highlighted on page 67; pictured is my painting Summer Sonata.

In the same issue is another new ad from Da Vinci Paints on page 15. I created the examples shown as "Watercolor Effects with Da Vinci Fluid Acrylics."


Sandy Maudlin said...

VERY cool framing info. You are so generous with your expertise and ideas, and such a promoter for the world of artists. Thanks for all you contribute. You are soAPPRECIATED!

David Burge said...

Good to read your ingredients for framing. I'm not familiar with the metal mouldings. Plexiglass is more expensive that ordinary 2 ml glass here, about double from the sources I've access to. In fact glass must be the most jacked up item out there. I was desperate for a sheet of 1300x900mmx2mm and went to a local glazier...they wanted $55 for plain old glass!!Funnily enough I found wasn't so desperate afterall. Same thing at the framing wholesaler was $9.inc GST
I've not framed a 40"+ one yet so might call on some advice if I hit a snag.
Those mat cutters can't be over-rated either.
Good to see you're keepin that smilin dial in the papers Nick.

William K. Moore said...

Yes Nicholas thx for your contribution and research. I hate framing so most of my work sits in portfolios or on the wall with push-pins (heh). Nothing like seeing a spider web depending from a dog-eared corner of a watercolor.. kind of an Adamsesque delight. But for those more active in the public spotlight and in shows it (framing/presentation) is a serious business. Thank you for bringing the goods to your fans.

Sandy said...

Thanks Nick, the information in this article is very helpful. I don't frame my own work (lack of space, time and energy)
I will be asking my framer about plexiglass... although if it is as expensive here as in W.A.I will be staying with the 'normal'glass.
Looking forward to receiving my copy of the magazine.

Nick said...

Sandy - you've framed some big ones too, would like to know your preferences. Thanks for the post, and btw they're getting psyched for your Dallas workshop - I'll bet that's going to be a return engagement situation.

Dake - I'm surprised you don't see a lot of the Nielsen style moldings, I thought they were everywhere. They're beautiful and there is a huge range of profiles and finishes. On the other hand, you've got the stuff to make good wood frames, wish I did too. That mat cutter is worth its weight in gold, one of the best buys I ever made. Going to skype you tonight!

Bill - heheh,re the spiderweb. I have a feeling any webs spun in your studio are going to suffer severe structural damage in the near future. Chas Adams....one of the greats, I grew up devouring a book of his..and saw many of the originals at the Met once in NY. He's right up there with Peter Arno in my book.

Sandy W - I haven't used real glass in years which is fine by me...hated lifting it, hated cutting it, and hated breaking it (which I did often)

Sandy Maudlin said...

Hi again, Nick. I have framed with heavy glass, metal frames, wooden frames, plexi, even cheap styrene. I really liked your approach you wrote about in the article. Lately I've been framing metal and plexi due to cost and weight. We can sure get a fortune tied up in framing so Bill's push pins are sounding very good.

Nick said...

You've framed so biggies, Sandy - I remember the yupo piece in your living room. I think plexiglass is a must.

martha miller said...

Hi Nicholas:

New to your blog - your watercolors are spectacular! My sister Susan and I are both artists (Sue is a fantastic watercolorist - you can see her work @ www.paintsee.blogspot.com)
and our maiden name is Simmons. We are originally from RI. Any relations from that area?