Saturday, April 04, 2009

Long days journey

Well! Last week I took "vacation". Translated that means I did not go to my day job. Instead I stayed at the old homestead and cut, clued, clamped and wired 58 frames. Two were 30x42, 0ne was 24x36 and the remainder were 7x7". Since I had never done this before it was quite the adventure. Ross and I purchased a frame cutting system last year and this was the maiden voyage. Let's say I will NOT be giving the local frame shop any competition. However, they are not bad! My brother Greg is a finish carpenter and came over one day to observe and give advice. It would have been so easy to just let him do it but then again I would have missed an opportunity to expand my skills. He was very helpful. My technique with the saw needed some serious work. Even with good equipment you have to pay attention to all your movements. I guess it's not that much different than a good sable haired paint brush.
Anyhoo...this was all in preparation for mounting a show at the local City Hall. We live in a very small town and have been making a concerted effort to become more involved with the visual arts. Though it is not a traditional venue when they asked I didn't hesitate. These images give you an idea of what we ended up with. Thank goodness for laser levels and a few other tricks I used. They may not be 100% level through out but I think it's pretty good.


Camille LaRue Olsen said...

This is an impressive collection, Sharman. Wish I could see them all up close but you're a tad far away from Austin, TX. I really love those big paintings you've done, and congrats on doing your own framing! Looks great to me.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I don't think I realized that some of them are so large. Beautiful, Beautiful, and bravo on your fearless framing adventure!