Friday, October 1, 2010

Oil Painting Meets Vintage Frame

My talented brother-in-law painted this amazing tree picture and gave it to us for Christmas a couple of years back. I knew that I could not get just any old frame for this painting and so the quest began...


I went to Michael's first because I had a coupon for 60% off custom framing and thought that meant it would be really cheap. Um.... not quite. In fact, the frame I chose was $160 for an 11 x 14 and that was after the 60% discount! I guess I was clueless about the cost of quality frames and so, the search continued...

I found another beautiful frame at an antique store made of solid wood with a strip of ornate, decorative metal. It was only $50, but the dimensions were a little bit off. Every frame that I came across was either too small or way too expensive. Until...

Finally, I found THE ONE and it only took me a couple of years! I picked up this beautiful, old picture frame at an estate sale for $10. I tried to negotiate, but the woman selling it just gave me a cold stare and asked, in disbelief, "Do you know how much this frame is worth?!!" While, normally, I ignore those comments from sellers, in this case, I got the feeling that she was right (and I loved the frame) so, I told her I would take it.





I love the softly gilted gold and the ornate detailing of the frame combined with the brown and gold tones in the tree painting. It was a perfect match! I was not sure what kind of frame I wanted, but this one is better than any of the frames I had been envisioning. Searching for the precise picture frame was not easy, but it was worth it in the end! I found a frame worthy of this artisitc masterpiece.


Now...
Mr. Rubbish (the resident picture hanger) needs to get around to hanging it in the living room for me. I can't wait!

16 comments:

High Street Cottage said...

Hi Amanda! I love the tree picture! My husband is an artist, he's done quite a lot of work, stills, portraits and landscapes and has a showing this weekend. This painting is lovely and I love the frame you chose, will go nicely with your decor! Love your blog, thanks for the lovely comment on mine, I'm your newest follower! tami from the high street cottage

decor4poor@blogspot.com said...

That is so nice! What size was the art piece? It is beautiful. Can't wait to see where you hang it.

mo said...

What a beautiful ornate frame. Great find. I am your newest follower. *hugs*

Deborah said...

Some things are just WORTH waiting for...and this is definitely one of them...
So VERY beautiful..
and the detail!!
I love the painting..what a talent your brother-in-law has!
You have a real treasure there..I cant wait to see it hanging in the spot you choose.. :)

Deborah xo

Mary Ellen said...

Oh yes that was quite a deal you got on that frame!! It is wonderful and just perfect for you masterpiece!!

David & Kelsie's Country Home said...

I am so glad you found the right frame...I am sure it feels good to have that checked off of your list too.

Kelsie

Renee said...

Thanks for all your kind comments on my blog! (Shabby,Chic & Charming) I love your work too! I noticed you live in Santa Cruz, such a beautiful place. I grew up in Sacramento (now living in Oregon) and love that area. Asilomar and Pacific Grove are dear to my heart. Nice to meet you!

cushycottage said...

it's a perfect frame for that painting. they look great together and i think she's right about the frame :)

Jodie said...

What a surprise to be checking out your blog and see Doug's painting! I'm so glad you found the perfect frame. Give Mr. Rubbish a kick in the pants from me and get him to hang it!

MiniBinoy said...

That frame suits the painting perfectly well!!Good selection,Amanda.. I am deeply impressed by your blog ,...and now your latest follower.:)

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