in situ

 According to Wikipedia, 'in situ' means "the superimposing of theoretical design elements onto photographs of real world locations. This is a pre-visualization tool to aid in illustrating a proof of concept." 

In these two photographs you can see four of my recent paintings placed in situ - a theoretical home setting (mine) so that collectors can better visualize how they might look in their homes.  Three of these paintings are bound for Red Wing Arts and will be exhibited during Red Wing's upcoming music festival.  The painting in the gold frame will be shipped off soon to Cincinnati to be hung in their upcoming exhibition: Impressions Small Works Showcase.

In these photographs you can also see two very different approaches to framing.  The gold frame was professionally done in a conventional way - covering a small bit of the edge of the painting all the way around.  It cost $160 to have framed while the other frames cost $16 each.  I ordered the less expensive frames from www.webpictureframes.com and finished the framing myself.  Using Dow Corning Silicone Adhesive #732, I adhered the paintings to the inside of the Panel Floater Frames (with the entire painting visible), screwed in two screw eyes on the back, wired them and added felt bumpers. 


Jan said...

All of the paintings look good and I'm always amazed at the cost of professional framing, especially when basically all the framer has to do is put the painting into a pre-made frame of a standard size.

I like the floater frames a lot and have been tossing around the idea of making my own as I make most of my odd-sized frames now. Most of the time, I paint to standard size and it's usually cheaper to buy ready-made frames on sale. I add the wire, archival backing & dust cover, etc. and can frame for a fraction of the cost of professional.

When I used soft pastel more as a medium, I preferred to have those professionally framed and that many times ended up costing more than the price of the painting alone!

I think we may be on the wrong side of the arts business!

Good luck with all the exhibitions you've entered!

Mary Klein said...

We are *definitely* on the wrong side of the arts business :) But then again, this isn't about money for me - it's my true calling - I have no choice other than to paint. I can say that with confidence now because I tried really hard to quit - and it just didn't take!

I'm really glad you like the floater frames - thank you for your feedback. I'll do another post to show you how they're put together. After you see that post, you should be better able to make or fashion you own. I wrote to both Ampersand and the framing company for recommendations on how to fasten the paintings. That's where the silicone adhesive brand came from.

Even though we do a lot of our own framing, it is nice to know we can fall back on professional framers. You were wise to have them handle your soft pastels. They can give you a level a reassurance and confidence that's invaluable for certain mediums and high level contests.

Thanks again for your comment, Jan!

D Gilbert said...

Nice work.

Mary Klein said...

Thanks, David!