Finding a good location to photograph these frames has proven difficult! At home I’ll use the side of the house in the mornings before the sun hits and the lighting is really quite nice. These are the best I can get here in Scottsdale — a corner of Diane’s studio which is lit up nicely now that she too has an LED shop style light from Rockler.
Not sure why I’ve started calling the 8″x10″ a Corner Leaf Motif — it’s really a flower! Just to recap, the Celtic Knot one was made from molding we got when we went to Foster Planing Mill from their “second’s pile”. The other is modified from the molding they made based on Diane’s design. In my last post about this frame it was ready for the gilding process. Due to the depth of the molding there was some concern on my part about how this would turn out. Here’s a look at the gilding process for the corners:
Still working on the carving, it can certainly be frustrating being the student! Watch video’s, read books, read blogs, and then for some reason my chisel doesn’t seem to do what I think it should. Like Diane and I both say: ” if it was easy, everybody would do it”. This is really all about the process of trying to accomplish as much as possible in life and keep on keeping on — next frame is going to be an exercise in perseverance for sure.
Your carving is coming along just fine. Don’t lament, just keep at it.
I write instead about photographing the results, Is the background where those photos were taken really the beige / yellow color we see in these photos? I find the best control on my camera (and in my photo editor) is the white balance control. No matter what the lighting, it can make sure the colors are correct.
Unfortunately it is. Experimented with the settings on my camera, it’s probably 15+ years old at least. Being here in Scottsdale with any needed supplies, backdrops, lighting, etc. back at the shop in Las Vegas is a slight problem — but the adventure is wonderful for sure!