Sometimes taking on the role of "artist" can be a tedious, laborious endeavor, especially if one chooses to get their work out into the world. On one hand, it is incredibly exciting to know your work is valued and acknowledged by others, to the point where they want to exhibit and even purchase it. This is not something I dare take for granted, ever. On the other hand, the non-art-making part can initially be expensive and always end up as time-consuming. Take buying frames, and framing your own work, for instance. As anyone knows, this is never an enjoyable way to pass one's time, especially when it involves multiple pieces. Just the process of driving out, searching for and choosing the frames can be a royal pain. All whining aside, the upside is seeing how beautiful your work looks when matted and framed. A nice frame can can definitely elevate the overall appearance and presence of an artist's work. I'm personally drawn to more modern, minimalist frames - nothing too fancy as to distract and detract from the art, but simple and elegant enough to add importance to an image. This is the dilemma for artists who work on paper and aren't represented by a gallery, who can take care of all the framing and costs, etc. I highly recommend a visit to Ikea for artists looking for quality without having to go broke. Less expensive, but attractive framing also allows me to keep the price of my art relatively affordable, and buyers can always have the work professionally framed, and find a style more to their liking, if they choose to do so. As a collector of works on paper myself, I've had a lot of luck with my local AC Moore framing department. They offer museum quality, UV proof glass, which I always choose, have always been very helpful, and usually have excellent deals. Another good option is a visit to Blick Arts, who sell their own affordable brand of frames with UV proof glass, as well, and you can buy them in-store, right off the shelf.
Over the weekend, my wife Kris helped me print out thirty Endangered Kingdom portraits (out of fifty) to be exhibited at the Cascades Library, in Sterling, Virginia. Investing in a fairly expensive, high-quality Epson allows us the freedom to print out gorgeous giclee prints made to last a lifetime, and I chose not to use any of my original pieces for the Cascades exhibit in November, since all fifty of those will be on display at a solo show at a gallery in Washington, DC, in January, 2018. I'll make sure to post more about that as the date draws near. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to giving folks and local friends a sneak peek at the Endangered Kingdom series at the Cascades Library throughout the entire month of November, 2017. On a side note, Kris is slated to display her art at Cascades in December, 2017. Stay tuned for more information soon!