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

Event—How William Morris Framed Utopia

Posted on November 11th, 2015

One of the blessings that my passion for the Arts and Crafts Movement has brought upon me is coming to know some wonderful scholars of John Ruskin and William Morris, the Movement’s seminal figures. I’m proud to announce that two of these scholars, Clive Wil... continue reading.

Re-framing Percy Gray

Posted on November 9th, 2015

Here’s a new before-and-after for the webpage, “Fixing a ‘Very Prevalent Error’: The Cabinetmaker’s Answer to the Gold Frame Convention”. This is a wonderful 1914 watercolor by Percy Gray. Asking of you a little imagination, I hope this c... continue reading.

Framing Charles Rollo Peters

Posted on August 15th, 2015

Known as “The Poet of the Night,” Charles Rollo Peters (1862-1928) was surely California’s best known limner of nocturnes. He lived in Monterey, and especially enjoyed painting his local region and its vernacular architecture. His preference for noctur... continue reading.

Artist Demonstration with Paul Kratter

Posted on June 25th, 2015

Paul Kratter in the last decade has established himself as one of California’s premier plein air painters, winning numerous painting awards at plein air events across the country, his professional art career reaches back over 35 years. On June 20th, 2015, Paul was... continue reading.

Artist Demonstration with Bill Cone

Posted on June 25th, 2015

An accomplished landscape painter and Production Designer for Pixar Animation Studios, Bill Cone has made hundreds of pastel painting studies for films and taught classes on lighting and color at Pixar for the last 10+ years and lectured at numerous plein air convention... continue reading.

Painting Demonstration with Mark Farina

Posted on May 13th, 2015

On April 16th, Holton Studio Gallery was pleased to host a live painting demonstration with plein air artist Mark Farina. The event provided the opportunity to watch the planning and development of an oil painting. Mark worked to recreate a smaller study painting that h... continue reading.

Paul Roehl lecture – Naturalism and Transcendence in Contemporary Painting

Posted on May 13th, 2015

The first in our monthly artist’s salons at Holton Studio Gallery, Paul Roehl gave a lecture in March exploring the history and meaning of a tonalist approach to painting and its viability within a contemporary context. What is Tonalism, where did it come from and... continue reading.

How William Keith Framed Art and Nature

Posted on March 20th, 2015

Just completed this wonderful small painting by one of our region’s very greatest landscape painters, William Keith. Finishing this little piece coincides nicely with a talk here tomorrow by a contemporary artist, Paul Roehl, who has been very much inspired by Ke... continue reading.

Framing Berkeley’s Campanile

Posted on March 16th, 2015

Just framed this undated watercolor by Lorenzo Latimer (1857-1941) depicting Sather Tower, more commonly known as the Campanile, at UC Berkeley. Because I was born and raised in Berkeley, this picture and its subject are close to my heart. Designed by John Galen Howard... continue reading.