And costly…and a time suck!
All that said, framing can make images polished and provide the right amount of gravitas. I have recently made larger work (over 24 inches) with a machined edge painted flat matte submarine gray only. The intent is to make it “finished”. It works (at least for me), but smaller pieces need either a frame and a mat or just a frame. I make most of my own frames and am lucky enough to have a nationally known mill-works company in Savannah (XYLO) that has a great selection. They will mill frame molding to order with selected hardwoods. They are fairly priced and do beautiful, exacting work and deal with my very small orders. Still, I have to cut the selected molding to size with perfect 45 degree miters, glue, sand and finish each frame. The process is time consuming and induces some interesting profanity. I try to clump all the framing needs together, but it means a standstill to any studio work for the framing duration. This interrupts the flow significantly. I know this probably sounds like a dilettante, but it is a big drag on my self-imposed schedule. And believe it or not, I do have a schedule and deadlines in the labyrinth of my mind.
Currently I have a show coming up at Hospice Savannah in April, which I am very excited about. I am a big advocate of the Hospice philosophy and what they accomplish. Hospice Savannah is the best of the best. Perhaps 20 of the pieces in the show are on the small side (to make them more affordable and accessible) and needed frames. The last couple weeks have been devoted to dealing with specific framing issues which are now happily complete. Still, I know for future shows coming up, I need to grapple with the same issues. All in all, not a bad problem to have.