I applied at the local framing and picture gallery. I could wear regular clothing, and thankfully no hats were required. Go figure, the artsy girl wants to work amongst, you guessed it, art! And I loved it! In fact I stayed at that job through high school, during summers, and even here-and-there while raising young children.
I started working on the floor helping customers and cleaning up. But what really interested me was picture framing. That's where I got to get a little dirty, work with my hands, and create something special. All I had to do was ask, and my boss graciously let me give it a try. To this day I am so thankful for the opportunities in my past, experiences like working in a gallery, to help shape what I do now. I frame all of my own work, something that is enjoyable, creative, and cost-effective.
Recently, I took some of my pastels to a whole-sale framing shop in Edmonton. As an artist, if you can find someone to sell framing to you at whole sale prices, it's a win for you! I had to be a member of our local art club to qualify (silly) but whatever it takes I guess.
I try to pull something from the painting that can be repeated in the frame. There are golds in this picture but I thought the light frame took away from the contrast. The dark frame is actually textured. I didn't choose that one either since there is little 'texture' in the distant trees.
Not the best photo, but this is the frame I chose for Last Snow. A simple, smooth, dark frame with a deep angle in towards the picture. I thought the angle of the frame lent itself well to the distant trees.
I chose a very similar frame for Lilac Spill. It's a cooler brown to compliment the cooler colours. I felt the simplicity of the wood wouldn't take away from (or fight with) the details in the lilacs.
Art and framing, are all about discovery. I've discovered that I don't love using a fixative with pastels. I've also discovered that sometimes, just a little bit, tiny crystals of pastel can shift within a frame if it's moved often. To help with this dilemma, it was recommended that I double mat each piece with a spacer between mats to keep the pastel from resting on the bevel. Brilliant!
But as a side note, if you have teens looking for a job, I highly recommend encouraging them to find part-time work in areas they are interested in and gifted with. It's not impossible. You will be surprised at the skills they learn, and are able to carry into their adult years. I am forever grateful to my mom, who encouraged me to apply at the local framing gallery. What a gift!