Choosing the Right Frame for Your Paintings

When it comes to displaying a painting, the frame is very important. There are several things that need to be taken into consideration when making this choice. First of all, where would the painting that displayed? Second, what is the style of the painting? And third, should a frame have an additional border?

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A painting is one of the best ways to decorate a home or an office. It can make any room feel alive and unique. Behind every painting there is a story KAWS SHARE – BLACK. This is why the frame should be carefully chosen, as it needs to compliment the painting and not to take its spotlight.

The size of a painting has a big effect on the frame that should be chosen. Small paintings do not need a very thick frame. If the frame is too thick, there is a chance that it would make the art work look less significant. A person’s attention should always be drawn to the painting first. After he or she has looked at the painting itself, the frame can be appreciated as well.

The location of the painting also has an impact on the frame. Part of the frame’s job is to blend in with the surroundings. This is why it should be chosen according to the furnishing of the room, the colors of the carpets, and the style of the other decorations. If a wall has more than one paintings on it, then it is a good idea to have those paintings framed with the same style of frame.

Elephants began their evolutionary history about the same time as humans. Both species probably began as herbivores but somewhere far back in that implacable flight in which we separated ourselves from other species, we stood and turned significantly toward a more varied bill of fare; we added meat to our diet. While the elephants kept on grazing and getting bigger, the two-legged human just got leaner and meaner and we probably owe our current status as ‘resident bully’ to the enormous caloric barbeques these creatures provided. Between climatic changes and our voracious appetite, the elephant’s ancestors, the mastodon and wooly mammoth disappeared millennia ago.

This is about when some humans began their profession as painters, the first stirrings of cross-referencing reality. Since no records were kept, no one can know for certain, but it’s believed cave paintings, such as those in Roufflignac, Altamira or Lasceaux, were highly ritualized pre-enactments of a later, actual event to ensure a successful kill- meat on the table, a brand-new coat and a bit of jewelry. Nice. And proboscides were at the top of the menu. In these vast, dark caves of Paleolithic Europe, early man created stunning images of creatures it liked to eat; here too, no doubt, were the spawning of religion and insurance companies. These primitive images coalesced with objects of fertility; sex then life then death, which gave us Egyptian artifacts and Greek statuary, Roman temples, Gothic churches, Michelangelo’s Capello Sistina, the horrific visions of Goya, Monet’s haystacks, Picasso’s bulls, Abstract Expressionism, and the Campbell Soup Cans by Andy Warhol.

What were elephants doing all this time to satisfy their artistic spirit? My guess is they simply bypassed all this convoluted, symbolic ‘stuff’ and simply ate. And they need to. They’re big and terribly inefficient processors of food. A lot of what goes in comes back out without much benefit to the elephant, but a healthy advantage to many other species. Who has time to think about making art, anyway, when you have to keep packing in kilos of fodder and liters of water? A wild, bull elephant can eat, daily, the weight in vegetation of about two humans. Imagine if they were carnivores.

Or perhaps they simply never had the angst we have that propels our exigency to create. Though they have every reason to; humans have just about eliminated them from existence. In the latter pat of the twentieth century, statistically, one elephant was murdered every hour for a period of ten years. In the last decade there has been an explosion of media hype about the newly discovered artistic abilities of elephants. Not only can they paint with the energy and style of a William De Kooning or Franz Kline, they can also play a variety of musical instruments. Dave Soldier, co-creator of the world’s only elephant orchestra seems convinced that elephants can extemporize music; he considers this as ‘writing’ music. He believes elephants not only enjoy human music but they also like to play it. Doing so obviously helps raise money for their upkeep and Soldier sees no problem with the elephant’s transition from logging to show business. As an artist, I’ve been very curious about all of this. I have mixed feelings about the notion of elephants painting and playing musical instruments. On the one hand, elephants playing in an orchestra or painting lyrical abstractions is pure and simple entertainment for humans. Elephants are just one of many animals humans have used and abused long before the Romans perfected the concept of zoos and circuses. One subspecies of the African elephant was brought to extinction during the ancient Roman Empire’s relentless passion for ivory. Palaces were literally constructed from the teeth of these creatures.

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