Sunday, July 18, 2010

Double Feature for "Berry Lonely"

Obviously, my lucky streak that saw me winningVicki Green's beautiful giveaway is continuing. My recent strawberry painting, that I have entitled  in a corny way "Berry Lonely Without You", has had a double feature on the Australian gallery site "Red Bubble": in Art up Close and in Realist Traditional Art.

In spite of all my good intentions to paint several more of these strawberries in the last week, I have not finished any new one so far; I have spent the entire weekend cutting mats and foam core, installing hanging wire and framing for my show next weekend. I have about a dozen paintings ready to go and  another half-dozen in various stages of framing. Maybe tonight I will treat myself to a good painting session:-)

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!

10 comments:

  1. That is not luck at all. Red Bubble knows a great painting when they see one and your hard work is paying off!

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  2. You are too kind, Vicki :-)Thank you.

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  3. Congratulations Christiane on your double feature for "Berry Lonely".
    I agree with Vicki. You do work very hard and the recognition is well deserved. So you also do your own framing? Now I am doubly impressed as well! I've threatened to do my own framing but have yet to get to it. It's been too easy to take the paintings to a framer but i feel it shall have to change as the cost is just too high, especially when you are preparing for a show. Perhaps you can share your framing technique with us. That be cool.
    Thanks for dropping by my blog once again. Always so nice to see your name there.

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  4. Congratulations on the features!! And best of luck on the show - you must be working hard to get it ready and I'm impressed, too, that you do your own matting and framing. I do hope you get time to whip up a few more strawberries :)

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  5. Thank you, Rhonda. Indeed, I worked hard every night in the past week to finish the matting and the framing. My hands are all covered with cuts from the glass:-)
    I only had time to finish two strawberries and I sold one today at the show. I will post an update tomorrow or Monday of how the show went.

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  6. Congratulations... always wonderful to be able to share your work with others!!!

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  7. Ross, thank you for the very kind comments. My framing is quite simple: I use metal frames that usually come with the glass. I have a Logan mat cutter that I use for cutting mats to the size I need. For this weekend show, I gave in and had some mats cuts professionally for my larger paintings since I am not always pleased with the inner corners of my mats and the mat board is already quite expensive.

    I then cut a foamcore sheet down to the same size as the mat. I use linen archival tape to hinge the mat to the foamcore: the inner top portion of the matting to the outer top portion of the foamcore. I then position the WC paper where I want it between the two layers and use 2 or 3 "T" strips of linen tape to attach the WC to the foamcore.

    Then everything is slipped into the frame from the bottom, the bottom bar is screwed on, clips are attached to the side for the wire, the wire is attached...and voilà, all done...usually I end up with cuts all over my hands, but it is much cheaper than getting the work done by a framer.

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  8. Marian, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and leaving a comment. I hope that you will visit again soon.

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  9. Your strawberry painting is skillfully painted - I am so impressed with your detail expecially the seeds and the reflections around the seeds - it is so well handled. Good luck with your show.

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  10. Thank you very much, Barb, for your kind comment and your encouragement.

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