Oh no, this can’t be good.
It was our first Garth Brooks concert.
We could hear them coming before we saw them. No it was not the band. It was the higher than normal, piercing pitch of a group of fans already two sheets to the wind. Each carrying more drinks than they had hands.
And just our luck, all five of them awkwardly took 10 minutes to settled into their seats directly behind us.
It was an evening of excessive screams and out of key shouting of lyrics in our ears, non-stop loud talking during the slow songs and while Garth was talking, and a parade of bumps to our heads usually topped with a light sprinkling of beer.
“BEST DAY EVERRRRRR! . . . ooops, sorry.”
When Garth finally sang one of my favourites, from above the roar of the excited crowd came a tap, tap, tap on the shoulder:
“EXCUSE ME, I DROPPED MY PHONE. CAN YOU GUYS PLEASE CHECK UNDER YOUR SEATS? . . . ARE YOU SURE? CAN YOU LOOK AGAIN?”
Needless to say with all the distractions we did not get to enjoy much of the concert.
This of course reminds me of framing. (Hmmm are you puzzled?)
The key to great custom framing is to see and enjoy the artwork, not to be distracted by the matting and framing that surrounds it.
Take for example the puzzle I framed for Katharine.
There turned out to be one piece missing once it was completed. Katharine looked and looked but it could not be found. It frustrated her to no end that the project was incomplete.
That same week after a long journey Katharine received the amazing news that she was expecting. She had found the missing piece to their family.
Katharine is a teacher and loves Disney. She did not want the missing puzzle piece to distract from the artwork but wanted to be reminded of what “piece had been truly missing.
A plaque was added and the framing was kept simple to showcase the puzzle.
By adding a hint of turquoise in the bottom mat and surrounding the puzzle with a wide mat of neutral grey, the puzzle popped.
The dark grey partial line accents on both sides of the engraved plaque balance the intensity of the bright colours above it as well as direct us to its importance.
What a truly touching piece to have on display!
The key to good custom framing is to see and enjoy the artwork.
Is there something in your home that needs good framing?
By the way, can you spot the missing piece?
HINT: Near the centre and to the left of Dumbo
About Karen – A creative business owner who specializes in framing unusual items. When not transforming objects into framed masterpieces for clients, she indulges her sweet tooth with all things dark chocolate and unwinds with a good biography and a cappuccino.