Timeout for Art: Finishing


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The aspect of art-making I like the least is matting and framing.

It’s a tedious job that I’ve been doing far too much of lately.

First, there were things to get ready for gallery openings in June.

Then there was the Beaver Island Museum Week Art Show in July.

Now, coming up on Saturday, the second of August, Livingstone Studio is hosting their “Meet the Artists” event.

It is always a fun day, with artists and art-lovers and curious on-lookers all mingling to enjoy good food, nice wine and wonderful musicians. Sometimes we even stop to discuss the art!

To prepare, though, I had finishing touches to add to several collages. Paintings needed to be fine-tuned, then varnished. Everything had to be titled, mounted, matted and framed

Between the Museum Week show and this event, though, I am sick to death of the finish work!

I’m putting it all away, now.

I think I may just close the studio door for the rest of the summer.

I’ll pull out my sketch book, and let that be enough.

Still, I have to admit, it is nice to see all my “companions” dressed up for their show!

12 responses »

  1. hola amiga i’m writing from the ‘reply’ function in my mail inbox.. internet is too slow to hop over to web pages.. i’ve been unable to open/finish the timeout for art that i started a few days ago…

    matting and framing is my least-favorite part as well, though it’s always so great to see the art ‘all dressed up,’ – wow, it’s a bit like cinderella stepping out to the ball!

    one of these days i’ll write a post about the hurdles of framing down here.. there are serious challenges!

    enjoy weaning out of studio and into sketch mode! it’s sort of like reading an epic novel or a book of short stories!

    i love short stories!


    • Lisa, you are so kind to always leave a positive comment, through all the difficulties of getting on line. Talk about challenging! I can’t even imagine the difficulties in framing…my gosh, I complain about the trouble of being on this remote island, and I’m sure it’s nothing in comparison! Thank you for reading, and for your comments!

    • Thank you for these kind words! It is nice to know that there are many of us that struggle along in this way…still lucky to be living a creative life in spite of the hardships. Thanks for reading, and for your comments!

  2. Nothing like a deadline to focus the mind on the less than creative parts of art! We always leave those till last, don’t we? But you’re right – the reward is seeing them all in a beautiful presentation. You’ve earned a break! Have fun.

    • It takes a deadline to get me focused in most any endeavor, procrastinator that I am. That’s especially true of tasks I don’t particularly like. Thanks for reading, and for your comments!

    • I liked it for a brief while when I ran a frame shop with the very best equipment and lots of space. I pulled a show together one time out of decoratively matted and framed items: a christening dress, a postage stamp, baseball cards, an old doily, a special coin, etc., etc…it was great fun putting it all together and making mundane objects shine…but that was probably the LAST time I found any fun in it!

  3. The few times I have tried to mat and frame were not fun. I can see why this would not be your favorite part. Hope you had a good time yesterday, Cindy. Sounds like fun!

    • I did have fun, Kathy (though one day a year is ENOUGH for me to be in that situation, thank you!), and sold two pieces as well. Thanks for reading, and for your good wishes, too!

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