No more procrastination, it's go time. I'm framing and wiring and signing and titling and taking photos and thinking and planning and trying not to panic. In one week, I drop off my paintings at Obelisk Home. My show opens on Friday, March 6 and will be up through the month of March.
Here's a little behind the scenes and a few things I've learned:
It always takes me longer to prep and frame everything than I think it will. Although after about ten, I seem to find a groove and it gets easier.
There's lots of little details that I often forget so it helps me to have a checklist. Each piece needs:
- to be framed or have finished edges
- a wire hanger on the back
- to be signed, dated, and titled
- to be photographed
I set up a assembly line with pieces in different parts of the process. Often I'm waiting on glue to dry or the light to be better for photos so it's nice to just work on a different part of the process while I'm waiting.
If a piece has glass over it like these on paper, then I remove the glass for the photo. I used to spend FOREVER trying to get a photo without a reflection in the glass. Duh, I don't know why it took me so long to do it this way. (Also I'm not crazy about the orangy-ness of this wood, I'm thinking I might paint it white.)
As I finish them up, it's fun to try different ones together. Do I want to display them by color or by theme? Sometimes one goes with another in a way that I never imagined. Framing and finishing them makes me view them differently. It sparks ideas for future paintings and new series.
I joked on Instagram that seeing them altogether like this makes me feel like I have multiple personalities. I do have a weird range of paintings for this show but it's interesting to find the common elements. What makes them all mine? Looking at them this way helps me to better see and define my style.
If you'd like to see more about framing, I put together a DIY about it here.