Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day ~ A time to remember


That very young man kneeling second from the left in this photograph would be my Dad. 

Dad did come home from WWII, but some of his shipmates and friends didn't.

Take a little time today to remember those who have given their lives for our country and say a prayer for the families that they have left behind.  Then add a little prayer for all of those who are protecting our freedom today.

God bless,

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

How to take the insanity out of framing artwork.

Stacks and stacks of picture frames next to dozens of precut mats in an assortment of sizes… you have seen them displayed, admired the choices, and found that none of them fit your artwork. Help is on the way!

You see, there is (as Mom said) “method in the madness”! You just have to know what the method is and how to separate it from the madness. In picture framing, the method is “standard size frames and mats” and the madness is “paper sizes don’t always match the frame sizes”.

Here’s the scenario… You dash into the art store and race down the paper aisle. You find a luscious tablet of paper that is just what you want, so you rush home and start creating. Then you find out that the paper just flat doesn’t fit any precut mats or frames.

Here’s the answer: If you want to be able to use the readymade frames and mats, know your standard sizes before you create your artwork.

So, here you go ~ from my umpty-ump years of professional picture framing experience, I give you ***tada*** the most common standard (imperial or inches) sizes:

5 x 7

8 x 10

8.5 x 11

9 x 12

10 x 13

11 x 14

12 x 16

14 x 18

16 x 20

18 x 24

20 x 24

24 x 30

24 x 36

Aren’t you glad you know that now? Oh, why are some italicized? Those sizes are a little less common and you may have to seek a picture frame supplier who has a larger selection in order to find them.

If your artwork doesn’t require a mat, all of your framing problems have been solved. Well, a good portion of them, at any rate.

If your artwork needs a mat, then you just need to match up your mat opening size with the frame size. For instance, 5 x 7 inch artwork will fit nicely in an 8 x 10 inch frame. 14 x 18 inch artwork will fit nicely in a 20 x 24 inch frame.

When you purchase readymade mats, you will probably notice that many shops won’t have mats for frames that are larger than 11 x 14. That’s because lots of people are creating a custom frame for the larger sized artworks. Do not panic. You can still buy a readymade frame and have a mat cut to fit your artwork. In fact, if you don’t like that fucia mat or you are tired of white mats and more white mats, you can have a custom mat cut for your artwork and your selected readymade frame. Picture framers are nice people with lots of wonderful ideas so wander around in your favorite shop and ask them to show you what they would suggest.

Your country uses metric? Yes, you have standard sizes, too! They are close to these sizes, but not exactly the same. Do a search for “standard metric picture frame sizes” and you will find lots of information about standard sizes as well as many companies who sell readymade picture frames.

There you go! No you have the “method” and you can toss the “madness” out the window when you go to frame your next treasure.

Happy creating!



Saturday, May 14, 2011

OH NO!!!! What is that horrible sound!?!?

"Blaze" watercolor and gouache
Just driving down the road!  What's that awful noise?????
First the refrigerator made a bad sound. 
Then the printer joined the ranks of the loudly complaining... 
Now Super Truck?  NOOooooooo! 
*slaps forehead*

Almost a grinding, but not quite...
*listens carefully*

But not all the time...
No, not just when I turn the corner...
Wait, it sounds like something is dragging...
Or stuck next to a tire...

*gets out of truck and checks in wheel wells*

*drives to Costco listening to intermittent nasty sound*

*sigh* I will take a momentary break from the disaster of yet another noisy attack from the mechanical contrivances.  Ahhhhh - shopping. 

*sigh*  But it can't last forever.  Okay, let's load up all the stuff from Costco - just shove it in here around all the recycling...

*bends over at a very uncomplimentary angle* 
What is that????  *reaches under truck - which makes other angle look like a super model in full formal regalia* 
If I can just reach this *grunts* and yank it out *this is not pretty - thank me for not sharing a picture*

Got it!

What was "IT"?

A weed.  A big whompin' carcass of a sheep weed (second cousin to a tumbleweed in the annoyance factor).  At least the tumbleweeds have the decency to evaporate when I run over them...  Sheep weed is more like a tree... with a trunk... and limbs that grab on to stuff under a truck and hang on for dear life while emitting a terrible scream when you drive down the road.

Oh, the picture of "Blaze"?  What does it have to do with nasty weeds?


But Blaze is much prettier than the ugly weed carcass.  I don't know about you, but I would MUCH rather see a horse than try to unhook a weed tree from underneath my truck in the Costco parking lot.

Hope you had fun today - I did after I heard Super Truck purring along without the Sheep Weed Tree!


Monday, May 9, 2011

Did your Monday explode? Laugh!

Things It Takes Most Of Us 50 Years To Learn

Detail of "Talk to the Tail" - original watercolor

1. The badness of a movie is directly proportional to the number of helicopters in it.

2. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.

3. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above-average drivers.
4. There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

5. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.

6. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be "meetings."

7. The main accomplishment of almost all organized protests is to annoy people who are not in them.

8. You should not confuse your career with your life.

9. A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter/janitor, is not a nice person.

10. When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy.

*Thanks to Pastor Tim for this joke!*
Have a good rest of your Monday!
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