My frames are essentially the same, but each time I make them, the process gets modified – mostly from being influenced by conversations with friends and collectors. This time I’m pre-forming the narrow gutter around the painting by gluing lengths of pine strip-wood together.
Back in the studio, and after many failures, I’ve finally got the colour harmony scheme I want for the portrait of Bella. I was working from photos on my phone, and poor lighting conditions, so I’m thrilled it’s coming together now.
I also modified my method: I drew out the composition with pencil, then painted over that with clear gesso. The pencil is a bit muddy in places, but that’s not a problem, and the grit of the gesso makes for nice soft edges.