|Dante et Virgil by William-Adolphe Bouguereau|
So I have been keeping busy by making artwork...here is a painting I found in an ad I received in the mail for the GLBT Review. Though I did not subscribe to their publication, I did purloin this image for my burgeoning gallery!
In order for the frame to accommodate the size of the painting, I had to join two matching frames together. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I often purchase things in pairs, so fortunately I had a set on hand. I cut the frames in two using a miniature miter box, and making the cuts at a 45 degree angle. Then I just glued the frames back together, making a longer frame! (The two smaller, left-over pieces I also glued together to create another smaller frame for future use. Then I filled the small cracks with gesso and sanded, and painted. I like to use a reddish primer coat for gilt frames. (As a framer in a previous existence, this is how its done). Back in the day, they called this base-coat Venetian Red, or Pompeii Red. When that has dried, I dab on the acrylic metallic gold paint, leaving the background color to come through here and there. A sprinkle of gold pigment powder for added sparkle completes the frame.
Of course I over-painted my artwork with clear gel-medium and then lacquered it, a la Ray Witledge. This technique will make your works of art appear very realistic! Try it!