A Frame-Maker’s Journal

TimHolton writingUpdates and ruminations 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

James McGrew

Posted on August 17th, 2011

We’re excited to be welcoming James McGrew to the Gallery. A passionate explorer and painter of Yosemite National Park, James has spent a lifetime (well, his life so far) capturing the Park’s magnificent natural beauty. We’re featuring his plein air wo... continue reading.

Framing a Pamela Glasscock Watercolor

Posted on August 9th, 2011

We just framed a set of three floral watercolors by northern California artist Pamela Glasscock. To marry the delicate images with a Craftsman interior, we couldn’t do better than our old standby, the Yoshida frame. Made in machiche, a tropical hardwood (sustainab... continue reading.

Re-framing Hanson Puthuff

Posted on August 6th, 2011

The landscape paintings of Hanson Puthoff (1875-1972) made a major contribution to California’s rich heritage of landscape painting. Unfortunately, his pieces did not always find their way into frames that do them justice. Here’s one example we had the honor... continue reading.

Re-framing a New—and Much Larger—Rosa Bonheur

Posted on August 2nd, 2011

Last year we re-framed a couple of paintings of stags, both by premiere nineteenth century French wildlife painter Rosa Bonheur, which I blogged about here. We just did another one, and at 48″ x 36″ it’s considerably bigger than the first two. First, h... continue reading.

Congratulations Bryan Taylor!

Posted on July 30th, 2011

Our artist, Bryan Mark Taylor, won first place in the Quick Draw competition at Plein Air Easton, Maryland (July 18-24, 2011). Congratulations, Bryan! Learn more here... See the piece and the artists remarks on it at his blog, here. Here are a couple of my favorite piec... continue reading.

Recent Bill Cone work, and framing

Posted on July 28th, 2011

Bill Cone recently brought in these two beautiful pastels for The Summer Show. “Gateway Morning,” pastel on paper. 8″ x 8″. “Wildflowers,” pastel on paper. 9″ x 12″.   We’ve also just completed framing a few of Bill... continue reading.

The Arts and “Reverence for Life”

Posted on July 21st, 2011

William Morris “It is indeed in…the belief in the beneficent progress of civilisation, that I venture to face you and to entreat you to strive to enter into the real meaning of the arts, which are surely the expression of reverence for nature, and the crown ... continue reading.

“Als Ik Kan”: Hephaestus’s Imperfect Frame

Posted on March 28th, 2011

If the Arts and Crafts Movement can be said to have a motto, it is surely “Als Ik Kan.” First assumed by William Morris—more famously in its French form, “Si Je Puis”—it was further popularized by Gustav Stickley through the marks on his furn... continue reading.

“Kevin Courter: From Dusk to Dawn” is posted

Posted on February 9th, 2011

The last of Kevin Courter‘s paintings for his upcoming show, “From Dusk to Dawn,” is in, and it’s a great example of a theme he’s been having a lot of fun with for the last few months. This is called “Evening’s Solitude,” ... continue reading.