Archive for March 2014

When to Replace Your Frame

ID-10091301Do you have a framed painting and you’re wondering if you should replace it. There are only certain times that the frame should be removed from the painting.

1) If the canvas of your painting is torn or ripped.

2) If the painting and frame has water damage

3) If the frame is cracking or falling apart from age.

Normally these are the conditions that you would change the frame. But if you decide that the frame is looking dated you can always choose to reframe your painting, and should you decide that you want to put a new frame on your painting make sure that you take your painting to a professional. Removing a frame without ripping or tearing the canvas of the painting is very important because frames are either nailed or stapled to the wooden parts of the canvas.

When you’re choosing the new frame keep the room in mind that you will be hanging the painting in. Choose the  kind of frame that goes well with your decor or has a timeless feel. There are many styles and colors of frames available to you. Some frames have design features like embossed ridges or beveled edges.

A custom frame is the best, if you buy a frame from Ikea or Walmart they only come in standard sizes, if you need a custom frame, again take it to a professional. Making a custom fitting frame is not easy, it takes skill and knowledge to get it perfect.

If you’re not sure you want to replace the frame around your painting you can always talk to framing professionals and get sound advice and prices so you can make an informed choice. Visit our store in Winter Park, we have a large assortment of frames and prices to meet all your framing needs.

Sketching Basics

ID-1003273Do you like to sketch? We have some tips to help you create the best sketches you can as a beginner. These basics will help to you develop the control and concepts that you can jump off of to make incredible pieces.

Start off by drawing basic shapes. By using these basic shapes you can then see how they relate to objects in everyday life. Using only cylinders you can create the basic human shape. If you can see how shapes relate to objects the next thing you can work on is your concepts of negative space (the blank space around your main object).

You can even use different tools to create different width lines that can be helpful when you’re working on shading and definition. Some sketching pencils come in differing thickness, shades and colors. By experimenting with these tools you can learn techniques that will help you to discern which pencil you need to use for certain jobs, like outlining or shading.

To practice shading you can begin by moving the pencil back and forth increasing the pressure to make increasingly darker shading marks. You can also try making cross hairs and etching marks for a rough shading look.

To give a drawing the feeling of movement you can add lines around the body to show movement, much like they do in cartoons.

If you’re drawing something specific, you can place perforated lines inside your drawing (dashes) that can be easily erased, so don’t add these with a dark leaded pencil, because you want to either erase these marks or hide them in the picture. By using these lines you can place eyes, nose, mouth, and ears easily and give yourself an idea of how much space you need for each feature.

Don’t try to make a master piece your first time, there’s nothing more deterring than expecting too much and not being able to deliver on your expectations. Start with still life, such as plants, fruits and vegetables to get a feel for the shading, shapes and techniques you need to use to get your sketching technique right.

To make sure you’re buying the right supplies ask the clerk at the art store for help, or take an art class where the instructor can give you one-on-one advice and tips that will help you improve in the area you most need help.

Remember that just because at first you don’t succeed doesn’t mean that your drawing potential doesn’t exist, it just needs help to improve.

Drawing with Charcoal

charcoalCharcoal is a great media form, there is so much you can do with the shading that almost anything you can draw is sure to come out looking fantastic. If you are just getting started we have some tips for you to make trying charcoal easy and fun.

To begin you need a stick of charcoal, paper and an eraser. This technique explores how you use the eraser for shading techniques. Because charcoal is very dusty you should draw on top of a newspaper or cardboard.

Begin by covering the entire sheet in black with the charcoal stick. Once the paper is blackened, choose a portrait to copy. Turn the portrait upside down. Now using the eraser erase the shape of the head and the facial features like eyes nose. (Being sure to place them in the middle of the face because you will be adding hair.)

Now that you have the basic features of the face erased out, study the shading on the original portrait. See where you can go whiter and where you should do more blending.

Once you have the face to the point that your happy with it, start erasing out the hair. Now that you have everything erased and lightened that needs it you can start adding dimension by taking your charcoal and adding detail. Drawing the strands of hair, making lines around the facial features.

When you are happy with the face you can then erase the charcoal from around the face being careful not to accidentally erase a part of the face. Afterward you can draw the defining lines around the hair and face to make it stand out from the background.

You can use this technique to draw landscapes and still life as well. Once you’ve got the idea of shading down, you won’t need to blacken your drawing papers.

Charcoal2For the next step in charcoal drawing you will need different types of charcoal. Charcoal comes in raw stick form called Vine Charcoal or Compressed Charcoal, and in differing pencil widths. You can still use an eraser, but by using  a chamois, you can create greater more subtle shading that is more accurate than the eraser. And for those hard to reach places use a paper stump. A pencil looking apparatus that’s just paper.

This time, instead of covering the paper in charcoal, you will play with strokes and shapes. By working at an easel or drawing horse the dust from the charcoal will fall away and not contaminate the paper. Ensure that the drawing surface is rigid and won’t move.

Begin by laying down basic shapes with vine charcoal in short strokes, not making complete shapes. Afterward using the compressed charcoal you can lay down values and add shading. Make sure you don’t add too much charcoal making it too dark.

When you’ve got an area of compressed charcoal that you want to blend, take the paper stump and blend the marks of the compressed charcoal to suit your model.

Charcoal3Continue to use the compressed charcoal to add shading, and blending when necessary. As the form starts to come together you can make definite lines with the pencil charcoal. Blending with the chamois for a softening effect and the paper stump in close corners.

Always be conscious of the negative space (the blank areas around your drawing). Once your drawing is finished and you’re happy with it you can set it with hair spray or a fixative.

We hope you enjoy creating great works with charcoal!

Gift Giving and Appreciation Ideas

image7Have you been recently married and want to give your parents and biggest supporters a thank you gift? Why not give them a framed photo from your wedding day? This is a great way to say that you appreciate all the support and help that you have received on and up to your wedding day. This token of your appreciation will no doubt mean as much to them as it does for you to give it to them.

Maybe you have someone you want to give a gift of appreciation to, a person who has been caring and loving, and you want to give them a little token of appreciation, to let them know that you are thinking about them. Maybe they have a picture that they never framed or would love to have framed. Possibly they have a picture in a frame, but the frame is dated or falling apart. Whatever the case may be a framed photo or a reframed painting is a great way to show some one that you appreciate them and care for them.

Gift giving and generosity come from the heart, so give a little back to the people you love!

In our gallery we have many styles and sizes of frames. Bring us your pictures or paintings and we will find the perfect frame for it. Give a gift back to the person or people who care about you, it will go a long way!