"Abstract Landscape VI" (a study) - acrylic and ink on aquabord, 6" x 6"
Another fun day in the studio as part of my daily paint-a-thon! This little landscape brought into play a couple of new ink colors, but I am sticking to the aquabord as the foundation for now. Watching the inks blend and meld to form horizons and new colors is mesmerizing!
After painting, it was framing day. This happens once a month, where I tackle new aspects of the process of framing. Most of my work is sent out for someone else (i.e.: a real professional!) to frame, but I decided this year to learn the basics and so I devote one day a month to creating the final home for a piece of art. Today's efforts went extremely well - everything worked the way I hoped it would, and there weren't any nasty surprises. Hooray! But it got me to thinking about framing.
Have you ever had a friend who helped you frame your thoughts? You know the one - when you've had a little meltdown or stumbled over an obstacle in your day and you're feeling really self-critical and blue, this friend helps you take a long view, frame the event in a way that makes it seem ok and a little less disastrous. This is a most amazing and wonderful thing! Recently, I was having a chat with just such a friend. During the conversation, I was a little hard on myself for not getting some things done or meeting a goal or something (see how good this friend is? I've already forgotten why I was upset with myself!) and this person paused, reminded me of how the month had gone, things I had accomplished, etc, and really put the whole thought in a new frame. Suddenly everything looked quite nice! Not something to be down about at all. The whole picture was pretty in that frame. I didn't need to look at just that tiny spot on the left, so to speak.
So today I say THANK YOU to all the friends out there who are professional "framers"... people who help others get a much better perspective on things and make everything look better. You're the best!