Tick Tock and the edging question…

…says the clock. Two weeks and counting down until the art show and so much to do. Instead of sugarplum fairies or beach scenes dancing in my head, I have lists, lists and more lists. Unfortunately, everyday life has a way of throwing the proverbial monkey wrench into the works and progress is at a snail’s pace right now. Between wrapping up the school year and getting ready for the art show, any real painting of new things seems an almost guilty pleasure…ugh…oh well…one more week and then I can really buckle down and focus on the show.

An interesting dilemma though-I have been painting the sides of my canvases, the really deep gallery kind that can stand alone without framing. I have heard of artists doing everything from taping the edges with various kinds of tape (colours or not) to painting them. On the advice of my fave gallery curator/restorer/preservationists, am painting the sides a contrasting colour so that the eye stops at the edges as opposed to having them look like the work slides off the edges. The problem is the colour choice. For some, it’s easy; I’ve been choosing the darkest colour in the painting and that has been working out really well. the trouble is when I have a number of choices-do you choose the safest darkest colour (like a dark blue) or something a little more fun and wicked (the dark red)? For some, the colour palette is more neutral (blue or brown so using a brown isn’t a big deal-to me at least). But when the  background colour is bright greens with splashes of deep, bright pink, do you go with a darker version of a green or the deep, bright pink? Either choice would work, it’s just that one is more perhaps universal and “safer” while the other is a little more edgy…I’ve purposely done then in acrylic so that they can be changed by their new owner if they like and for durability etc….comments? Ideas?


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