A Frame-Maker’s Journal

TimHolton writingUpdates and reflections on our work and mission to revive the art and craft of framing pictures. Here I'll show you new jobs we're especially proud of and keep you up on what's going on at the Gallery, as well as discuss topics germane to our work, including handcraft and work generally, the place of art, and ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement (especially its greatest leaders, John Ruskin and William Morris).

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—Tim Holton

Framing the Great Wall of China

Posted on April 19th, 2022

Just framed this Chinese painting of the Great Wall of China. The painting is 17″ x 20″. The 1-1/2″ wide frame is walnut with dilute black stain. We used a silk covered mat with grey paper filets inside the sight edge. You probably recognize the spiral... continue reading.

Framing Marion Kavanagh Wachtel

Posted on April 18th, 2022

Here’s a beauty from one of the state’s greats. In early California’s popular eucalyptus painting genre, this 24″ x 18″ watercolor by Marion Kavanagh Wachtel (1876 – 1954) is hard to beat. “Sunset,” is not dated, but is believ... continue reading.

“With Four Sticks of Wood”: A Simple Home for Bernard Maybeck

Posted on April 11th, 2022

A couple of months ago, we were asked to frame a portrait of the architect Bernard Maybeck (1862-1957) to hang in the larger frame of Maybeck’s 1902 Faculty Club at UC Berkeley. No portrait cries out for the architecture of a frame like a portrait of an architect. You... continue reading.

“Humanization”: Framing Ukrainian artist Aleksei Bordusov

Posted on February 26th, 2022

I’ve been wanting to post about this job we framed many months ago. Finally pulling it out of the archives I remembered the enigmatic image as well as its intriguing title: “Humanization.” But I’d forgotten who the artist was. Looking it up today... continue reading.

Framing Thomas Jefferson Kitts

Posted on February 24th, 2022

James Rieser at Rieser Fine Art in Carmel recently asked us to frame this beautiful landscape painting by contemporary Oregon artist Thomas Jefferson Kitts. “Tranquility” (2021, oil on canvas, 36″ x 48″) is available from Jim’s gallery. (Vi... continue reading.

A Second Carl Sammons Painting (for Twosday)

Posted on February 22nd, 2022

My last post featured a painting by Oakland landscape painter Carl Sammons (1883-1968), which was on display this past weekend in California Historical Design‘s booth at the National Arts and Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn. It was actually one of a pair o... continue reading.

Framing Carl Sammons—and Hanging at The Grove Park Inn

Posted on February 18th, 2022

This weekend is the 35th Annual National Arts and Crafts Conference at The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina, and our friend Gus Bostrom of California Historical Design in Alameda once again has a big, beautiful booth displaying antique furniture, pottery, met... continue reading.

Keep the Beast Happy: Framing Milivoj Ćeran’s “Jormungandr”

Posted on November 30th, 2021

It’s hard to think of another realm today where human beings unleash our imaginations more than we do in science fiction. The Studio recently had the great privilege of framing a painting born of the extraordinary imagination of Croatian artist Milivoj Ćeran, 201... continue reading.

Reveling in the Tradition: Framing Erik Tiemens for Beloved California VI

Posted on November 28th, 2021

There’s something uniquely rewarding for us in framing Erik Tiemens‘s paintings. The first three here, brand new for Beloved California VI, we set in quartersawn white oak with Dark Medieval Oak stain and gilt slips. Why are Erik’s paintings so rewardi... continue reading.