This article is by Clint Watson, former art gallery owner/director/salesperson and founder of
FineArtViews. You should follow Clint on Twitter here
I recently framed two paintings from start to finish in less than 5 minutes
(and I had to take one out of an old frame).
Above: Ghent by Kevin Macpherson - Frame by Art Ready Frames
Let me explain.
I had two paintings that I had needed to frame for a while. The first painting is a fantastic snow scene by Ying Liu
. It's been in the closet because it is a 12 x 12 and I didn't have a frame that would fit it. Shame on me. The other painting is an amazing Kevin Macpherson
oil depicting the town of Ghent
in Europe. Now, this one actually had a frame, but we had chosen to hang this painting under another Macpherson painting titled Along the Quay
(depicting the French town of Cassis) so that we could enjoy the pair together. Although the paintings were hanging, they had very different types of frames and we wanted to find a frame for Ghent
that "fit" better with the frame on Along the Quay
. Your poor editor seems to have a penchant for acquiring paintings in odd sizes, which makes framing a bit more difficult. Ghent
is a 12 x 14 so it is a non-standard size as well. (We briefly considered cutting an inch off the bottom of Ghent
and making it a standard 11 x 14, but Kevin expressly forbid us to cut into his artwork*).
So here we were, needing two
non-standard frames a 12 x 12 and a 12 x 14. Unfortunately, I got out of the framing business about 4 years ago so had no access to any framing materials.
Enter Art Ready Frames
I've mentioned Art Ready Frames
before, but this was my first experience with them as a customer
. I must say I'm impressed and amazed at how simple and smooth the process was.
First, I visited Art Ready Frames' website
. I found a frame that they manufacture in-house and thus were able to do in custom sizes. The design was the right color and size for both paintings.
I contacted Art Ready Frames
and placed my order....all the while being amazed at how reasonable their prices were. (I should know, I used to own a frame shop).
Here's where it gets even more amazing: They
emailed me and asked me to measure the depth of each painting. The Ying Liu was on canvas and was 1/2" deep. The Kevin Macpherson was on a panel and was 3/16" deep. They also asked me to specify if the Macpherson needed to hang horizontally or vertically so they would know how to orient the hanging wire (it didn't matter on the Ying Liu because it was square).
10 days later the frames arrived.
The unpacking experience could not have been simpler. I cut open the box and removed the frames. Each frame was perfectly protected with bubble-wrap. But, it was wrapped and taped in such a way that it took virtually no effort to remove the bubble wrap. That's a good thing. Most people either don't protect the frames enough or they become complete freaks about it and it takes an hour to unwrap the frame. Art Ready Frames
has struck the perfect balance.
With each frame free from its wrapping, I noticed that, for extra protection, Art Ready Frames
had attached little cardboard protective sleeves to each corner of the frames. One pull on each corner and those came free.
Now, it was time to put the paintings in!
I retrieved the Ying Liu painting. I set it down into the frame. And, to my amazement, the frame was wired and had the correct hardware to accomodate....get this.....a 1/2" deep canvas. Literally, all I needed to completely frame the Ying Liu painting was a screwdriver. 30 seconds and it was hanging on the wall!
Above: 2nd Snow
by Ying Liu - Frame by Art Ready Frames
Now for the Macpherson (pictured at the top of the article). Same story, except that this time the hardware was different because it was exactly right to accommodate a 3/16" panel. Again, a few twists of a screwdriver and Ghent
was on the wall.
I can't tell you how much of a relief it was to have the frames ready-to-go with every little detail thought of. Back in my gallery days, I never had to worry about such things because I had all the wire and frame hardware I needed, right at my fingertips. But now, as a "regular" art buyer, I don't have any of that. If anything was missing from the wire to the attachment hardware, I would have had to stop, drive to a frame shop or hardware store to purchase hardware. It wouldn't have been the end of the world, but it would have been a big pain. (I have since learned that they provide hardware on custom
frames, such as the ones I ordered, on ready-made frames they ship the hardware separately since the ready-mades are drop-shipped from a warehouse).
Thank You, Art Ready Frames
, for making the process of getting my art collection hung enjoyable and easy. I'll be calling you again soon, I've got some more paintings that need re-framing . . . .
Software Craftsman and Art Fanatic
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*For those who didn't pick up on the tone of that statement, it was tongue-in-cheek, we would never actually cut down a painting. Your editor simply enjoys harassing his friend Kevin as Kevin often takes the opportunity to harass us.