Friday, May 31, 2013

Framed paintings

                                                                   By Petar Meseldzija

During my studies at the art academy I once heard the teacher saying that a painting is considered finished only after it is framed. In the past, many artists used to frame their paintings before they applied the final layer in order to make a perfect match between the two. Beside it’s aesthetic purpose, frame’s primary function is to separate two different realities, the reality of the art work, and the reality of the surrounding space.  
I must admit that I do not frame my paintings before they are finished; on a few occasions I even repainted the frame so that it worked better with the painting. But I never forgot my teacher’s lesson about the importance of a frame. However, choosing an appropriate frame for my pictures has always been a challenge and I must say I am not very good in that.

For the past few years I did many commissioned paintings. Most of these paintings were delivered unframed.  And because I am always interested in how the “finished” painting looks like, I often ask the client to send me a photo of the framed painting. I also like to see where and how my “babies” hang for I know I will never see most of them again. This makes me a little sad sometimes.


In front of a small portion of their huge collection, Gregg and Yvette Spatz, with Shadow Comes behind

The Rescuer preliminary drawing hanging next to an original Tarzan page by Burne Hogarth

Jean and Morgan Bantly in front of a part of their collection, with Gandalf behind


  1. How do I get invited to live at Gregg and Yvette Spatz house?

  2. Really intriguing collections...

  3. How nice to get a glimpse at these private collections! You can tell how proud the owners are, as well...

    Petar, I can't imagine what it feels like to give up paintings and perhaps not see them again. I always felt I sympathised with Frazetta, who never wanted to give up his originals (not that anyone is clamouring for mine). When I finally do something I'm happy with, I feel I want to keep it around as a sort of totem - but I've heard differing and compelling positions on that aspect. It must feel strange to wave goodbye to them, though...

  4. Gregg and Yvette, amazing collection. The photos show only a small portion. Here was a write-up done years ago but gives you an idea (hope you don't mind Gregg):
    Don't know the Bantleys but looks they have a great collection too.

    I am the worst frame guy ever Petar. I used to frame whole shows from the thrift store. Now I just leave it up to the gallery and clients.

  5. Petar-
    Thanks for the post and for including Morgan and Jean. They own some great paintings. The pictures do not look as bad as I thought. It is just too hard to not get any glare off the art.

    Thanks Bill for the additional plug.

    Anyone visiting Southern California is invited to stop by.

    1. Hi Gregg,

      I saw your post on Muddy Colors away back about your art collection. I'm planning to come down from the bay area on Feb. 1 & 2 and was wondering if I could stop by to check out your collection.


  6. I've only ever collected art books but I'd really like to have some of that art on my walls. I'm struggling with that a bit. Very inspiring post, thank you.

  7. Paint is made by mixing a pigment (colored powder) with a medium (liquid substance) such as water.
    Egg is the medium for tempera painting, linseed oil for oil painting, and acrylic resin for acrylic painting.
    In fresco wall paintings, pigments are applied to wet plaster. Watercolors are made by
    mixing pigments with a water-soluble binder such as gum.



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