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 James Cosgrove

Posted on May 23rd, 2012

A customer recently brought in this little (5-3/4″ x 8″) oil on board by Glasgow painter James Cosgrove(b. 1939). The stained walnut frame was designed entirely to the painting, with a carved cushion rim around a flat with fine carved flutes. I’m very ... continue reading.

Framing Dwight Clay Holmes

Posted on May 10th, 2012

We just framed this 20″ x 16″ canvas by Texan Dwight Clay Holmes (1900-1986) titled “Red Bud”. I was especially pleased with the form of the frame profile as an enhancement to both the graceful use of line in the painting (hence the reeding) and ... continue reading.

Framing Contemporary Photographs–Geoffrey Agrons, 2

Posted on May 8th, 2012

A couple of years ago I posted an entry about framing Geoffrey Agrons’s wonderful photographs. Here are a couple more we just did. This first one, “Big, Big Love” is in an exhibit opening this month at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collin... continue reading.

How Art Fairs Frame Art

Posted on May 6th, 2012

“Art is the expression of man’s joy in his labor” — that’s how the great material task of humanity and civilization was framed by William Morris. (Yes, it was Morris — not, as a Google search will lead you to believe, Henry Kissinger)... continue reading.

Framing Louis Apol

Posted on April 30th, 2012

Here’s a notable historical work for you. Just framed this beautiful European landscape by Louis Apol (Dutch, 1850-1936), “A Forest in Winter” (oil on canvas, 32 x 25). (Click image for a larger view.) The stained quartersawn white oak frame is a 4-1/2... continue reading.

Framing Grueby Tiles

Posted on April 28th, 2012

We just finished framing a batch of Grueby tiles for a customer in Ohio. Something simple but alive to these very lovely and historic items. A pleasure! (Click images to view larger.)... continue reading.

Ranches & Rolling Hills – MALT Art Show and Sale 2012

Posted on March 11th, 2012

Spring is here a bit early this year with daffodils and fruit trees in full bloom. I have been visiting some beautiful West Marin MALT ranches, painting and collecting images for this year’s 15th Annual “Ranches & Rolling Hills” art show. Three yea... continue reading.

Framing a Grueby Tile

Posted on February 22nd, 2012

We just shipped out this beautiful 6″ Grueby tulip tile to a customer in Ohio. The soft and subtle form of the leaves suggested a very feminine frame and inspired this adaptation of our Holland profile. For more on framing Arts and Crafts tiles, see this older ent... continue reading.

Re-framing William Hubacek

Posted on February 17th, 2012

Just framed this 10″ x 14″ oil on canvas by notable Californian William Hubacek (1871-1958), rescuing it from a cheap gold setting. The job offers a good before-and-after, and a good example, I think, of how a frame helps or hinders your ability to see the p... continue reading.