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

Summer Past, Summer to Come: Framing Tia Kratter for Beloved California VII

Posted on November 3rd, 2022

Here’s one of Tia Kratter‘s watercolors that will be in Beloved California VII: Twenty Painters with a Passion for Place opening a week from Saturday. We set “Pool Party,” which is 15″ x 8-1/2″, in a plain flat 2″ wide fumed qua... continue reading.

In the Range of Light: Framing James McGrew for Beloved California

Posted on October 29th, 2022

We just framed this 11″ x 14″ oil painting by James McGrew for our upcoming all-gallery show, Beloved California VII: Twenty Painters with a Passion for Place. For “Bridalveil Sunset,” we made a pretty simple slope in stained quartersawn white oa... continue reading.

Fine Art Connoisseur Spotlitghts Kim Lordier

Posted on October 26th, 2022

A quick post just to recommend to you Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine’s short but illuminating spotlight interview with our own Kim Lordier. Check out the piece here. Kim will, of course, be in our upcoming annual all-gallery show, Beloved California VII: Twenty Pai... continue reading.

Framing a Seventeenth Century Map by Joan Blaeu

Posted on October 24th, 2022

This double polar projection, printed and colored in the 1670’s, is an extraordinary specimen of the Dutch Golden Age of mapmaking. It was printed from a copper engraving produced in the previous decade in the studio of Joan Blaeu (1596-1673), chief mapmaker for t... continue reading.

Framing Paul Kratter for Beloved California VII

Posted on October 16th, 2022

Paul Kratter wants you to remember how much you love Northern California. We just framed this evocative, iconic, and quintessentially California painting of Paul’s for our upcoming annual show, Beloved California VII. “Lifting Fog” is 24″ x 12... continue reading.

Painted Slips and Liners

Posted on October 13th, 2022

Many recent posts show frames that include a painted slip (a narrow flat or fillet) or liner (a narrow inner frame). While we’ve been using gilt and sometimes black slips for a long time, I’d come to realize that many pictures coming in really wanted a line ... continue reading.

Save the Date: Beloved California VII Opens November 12

Posted on October 11th, 2022

It’s been a joy these past several weeks seeing all the new work come in for Beloved California VII, our big annual all-gallery show of Northern California landscape paintings. And now on top of that joy we get the satisfaction of framing them!  When we received ... continue reading.

Framing Another Tsuchiya Koitsu Woodblock

Posted on October 6th, 2022

A recent post featured a framed print by the shin hanga master Tsuchiya Koitsu (1890-1949) depicting the 17th century torii gate at Miyajima. This print, by the same wonderful artist, is another structure over water—albeit a much more modern structure. As in the earli... continue reading.

Remember the Trees: Framing Margaret Patterson

Posted on October 4th, 2022

Often when explaining to customers my primary principles of framing, I say I rely first of all on the inherent character and beauty of the wood, because nothing we make is as beautiful as what nature makes. It’s become a bit of a stock line, leading me to my secon... continue reading.