Smaller paintings deserve framing that treats them as if they are special jewels. To me, these smaller works have appeared "squished" by the mat or even without a mat, by the frame. Recently, I worked with my framer and we came up with a better solution.
This one, going to the Appalacian National Pastel, is now re-framed. Even though it was a painting I liked, I disliked it when it was framed. I sat with it for months and then when the painting was accepted into the show it was time for a change.
The new look: the painting is floated and it shows its raw edges. My husband argues it looks unfinished this way. I think it looks real and it now can breathe.
It's in a shadow box-like frame with a wood with leaf under finish. The slight glow to the wood makes the inside water twinkle.
What is your opinion?