Framing Style Guide

I started painting on panels when I started “plein air” painting on location. I love the smooth finish which allows my brush to glide and “expose” my brush strokes. It also allows me to carry 2-3 panels to a location, paint them on my field easel and carry them home wet in a wet painting carrier.

However, this does mean they need a frame in order to be hung on the wall. Below I’ve shown some examples of how I like to frame panels with inexpensive frames from locals stores.

My paintings are sized to fit frames in 8x10, 9x12, 12x12 and 12x16.  Many of these sizes are available premade in stores like IKEA, Spotlight and other homewares stores.

The white frame and the gold frame below were both purchased from Ikea.

For a more contemporary look, panels look great framed in a floating frame where the painting can be viewed right to the edge. There is a gap between where the panel ends and the edge of the frame which make the painting appear to float in the frame. Most premade floating frames are made for canvases which makes them too deep for a panel. I use some foam core and a hot glue gun to build up the back of the panel so I can use these floaters sometimes. Also, some online Plein Air framing stores may have premade floating frames. Alternatively you will need to take it to a professional framer.

Floating Frame