And if so should it be like this?
When I described my painting of a seascape intended to hang on the wall of the office of lawyer Ray Tittman (founding partner of the California office of law firm Edison, McDowell & Hetherington LLP) some asked me about the red border on the painting (as you can see below and above, left). Why did I do this they asked, is it just for aesthetic reasons?
The answer in fact is no. I did consider the aesthetics of course, but it is also because I believe that as a general principle, a frame and or a border are necessary parts of a painting. I wanted to accommodate the modern style of edging (the cream yellow strip that runs down the side of the canvas) so that it would harmonize with the other paintings. An ornate gilded baroque frame would not have looked right here, but I wanted something more noticeable than just a thin wooden edge. After thinking about it, I deliberately added a red border around the painting, which is just painted in oil paint like the rest of it. I got this idea from my experience of painting icons and gothic style images, where the border is painted into the image itself.
If you go around any museum of modern art you will see oil paintings hanging on the wall without any obvious frame at all. If there is anything visible you will see that (Read More)