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Great News – Buxton Spa Prize

I’m absolutely over the moon to have won second prize at the first Buxton Spa Prize competition. For more details and to see a picture of my winning entry go to my Facebook page.


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Closed Thursday 11th September PM

It’s the preview of the Buxton Spa Prize this Thursday night and I will be stopping over in Buxton so I will be unavailable Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. If you need to contact me urgently leave a message and I will get back to you as quick as i can.


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Closed all Day Wednesday 27th August

I won’t be available at all on Wednesday 27th August. If you have an urgent enquiry leave me a message on 0115 9386847 and I will get back to you as soon as i can.


Permalink to Closed all day Tuesday 19th August

Closed all day Tuesday 19th August

Tuesday 19th will see me painting my entry for the Buxton Spa Prize at Grinlow, Buxton, so I wont be available at all that day.


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Painting wins award at RBSA exhibition

RBSA-award

I was delighted to receive an award for one of three paintings I sent to the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. All three paintings will be hung in the RBSA gallery until the 29th of March. It’s always an achievement to be accepted to exhibit next to talented artists in a different city!  To find out more about the exhibition and the gallery click here.

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Last Light Nottingham Canal

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Happy New Year

It’s a bit late i know but I would like to wish all my customers and friends old and new a happy and prosperous 2014. After e relaxing break it’s now full steam ahead on a host of framing projects at the Kimberley studio ranging from a simple photo frame to a large water-gilded frame.

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Gilding work in progress at kimberley framing studio


Permalink to Closed all day Tuesday 10th December

Closed all day Tuesday 10th December

I wont be around at all today. I’m off to the private view of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition.  


Permalink to Two New Paintings for “Nottingham Our City – Save St Luke”

Two New Paintings for “Nottingham Our City – Save St Luke”

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Highfields-in-sun

 

Successful week; I managed 2 paintings in two days, which considering my busy picture framing schedule, is quite the achievement! The above were painted plein air on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week in time for the current  exhibition at the Nottingham Society of Artists – Nottingham Our City- Save St Luke. The hand crafted frames are finished in Farrow and Ball colours Hardwick White, Light Grey and Lime white. Although I was hoping for sunshine, the dreary weather on the Wednesday turned into a positive, as I managed to capture a similar scene to the day before but with a whole different feel.


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Major credit and debit cards now accepted

Until now, payments have been by cash, cheque or BACS but, thanks to my new iZettle chip and pin card reader,  as from today I will also be accepting credit and debit cards.


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Frames for artists

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I always welcome the opportunity to work alongside artists whether they are budding amateurs or established professionals. Being an exhibiting aritist myself I am uniquely qualified to see framing from both the artists and the framers viewpoint. I understand the need to present your artwork in the most appropriate way to optimise the chance of being exhibited and ultimately selling your art.

For established professionals making consistent sales, the position is perhaps clearest. Normally, in this instance, even the cost of a high end framing represents only a small percentage of the resale value and the full cost of having the picture professionally framed can be justified. The artist’s time is freed up to create more artwork and everyone benefits – the artist, the framer and the art buyer.

For the artist earlier in their career things are a little trickier. You know that to secure more sales your work must be presented in its best light. You may even realise that by investing in better framing you will increase the perceived value of your work and increase the chance of securing that sale. But if the piece doesn’t sell quickly (or at all) what about all that capital tied up in frames? With doubts like this it is no wonder I see so many exhibitions where perfectly saleable pieces have been shoehorned into cheap, ill fitting, readymade frames that send out totally the wrong message about the piece and its creator.

Before we explore some solutions now would be a good time to explain a little bit how picture framers work and how this impact on the price you pay.  Ignoring the amateur framer working from his garage, broadly speaking there are three types of framer who will make frames to your individual requirements. Contract framers, high street bespoke framers and more specialised framers working out of their own workshops.

Contract framers tend to work from units away from the high street. They work on smaller margins per frame but to get their best price you will need to order a number of frames of the same size and style. If you are someone who works to the same format and you are producing sufficient work this may work for you.

The typical high street bespoke framer, on the other hand, makes individual frames to order. Typically, they will offer mouldings and mounts from several manufacturers and in many styles. Without the economy of multiples and with large overheads of high street rent and business rates this is probably the most expensive option.

The third category is is bespoke framers working from their own workshops. These may be specialists in one particular area such as water gilded frames or sports memorabilia framing or they may be more generalists offering a full range of styles and types of framing to all who come through the door. In common with the high street framer their income is derived largely from their labour. This is a very important point to understand. A large proportion of the amount you pay to a framer will be for his time and frame making is time consuming. It follows then that if you can reduce the amount of time that a picture framer has to spend on your frames the better price he will be able to offer.

Obviously I can’t speak for other picture framers but I am prepared to work with an artist any way he sees fit. Here are some suggestions as to how you can reduce the amount of time I spend on your frames:

  • Order skeleton frames only – you do the rest. This represents the largest saving. This option is probably best reserved for works that don’t need glazing such as oil paintings.
  • Order fame and glazing – you cut the mount and assemble
  • Order frame, mount and glazing but you mount the picture yourself
  • Learn frame finishing  – a lot can be done with waxes, stains and colourwashes on relatively inexpensive plain wood mouldings. For the more adventurous and determined there is a great deal of satisfaction to be gained by learning to gild your own frames (if you are interested in this I may be able to help – give me a call)
  • Order multiples – once the guillotine and the mount cutter is set it is much quicker to produce several frames of the same dimensions

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    Gilding can be very rewarding to learn

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