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Art Display :: Posted by: Hazel on February 10th, 2012

Art Display : Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Beauty may well be in the eye of the beholder, and what we all like or dislike about art is the same – individual and personal choice.
rose lavender paintings on display stands
How we display our art is also a personal choice, as an Artist married to a keen photographer our home has lots of artwork displayed. We have framed pieces of art, we have framed photographs on the wall and free standing we also have several display stands in varying sizes on which I display some of my encaustic pieces.

How we display our Art

When purchasing art either online or in a shop, knowing how and where a piece will be placed is often an important part of the decision as to what we buy.

This post shows how some of my encaustic art paintings could be placed on a display easel, the image below are all A4 size paintings arranged on a Winsor and Newton Brent Table Easel which I recently bought online at Fred Aldous, not expensive and looks great on our book case. I also have several smaller display easels ideal for the A6 and A5 size paintings and even a few mini ones for the ACEO’s.

Display Easels : An Alternative to hanging pictures

When displaying my encaustic paintings on a display easel or stand I use only paintings that have been hard backed, due to the natural of the material; wax, they need to be rigid to avoid damage to the artwork. All of my paintings for sale online come either mounted ready to frame or backed with a 2mm backing board, which can either then be mounted and framed or displayed on a stand.

Use Art as home décor accessories : Add interesting touches and talking points

The paintings look great on the display easels another advantage of displaying art in this way is it is movable, no need to drill holes in the walls etc. and to maintain the sheen can occasionally have a light dust with a clean cloth. The smaller pieces (6 x 4) either on a small or mini easel can make great home décor accessories adding interest as an alternative to ornaments.

When people see pieces of my artwork in our home or when they have received one as a gift perhaps, the comments and feedback I have had is how amazing it is that such art is created using wax, the colours, texture and wonderful sheen the paintings have needs to be seen to be appreciated in my opinion!
Original Art Roses Dress seascape

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Framing Encaustic Art :: Posted by: Hazel on February 2nd, 2012

What a difference a frame makes!

I recently had this painting, a landscape inspired by the beautiful surrounding in the “Garden of England” on a short break we had in Kent in September 2011, double mounted and framed. This pathway painting has been a favourite of both my husband and mine for some time, but we didn’t have a spot for it until recently when we redecorated our Hall, Landing and Stairway.

The painting, an 8 x 6 Encaustic is transformed by the way it has been displayed. The double mount, a dark blue inner and a cream outer mount gives the picture an added depth and the frame, in a rustic wood style adds to the style of the subject matter in our opinion.

Garden of England Pathway - Encaustic Art framed

Mounted and Framed

Encaustic paintings like any other type of art, should not touch the glass if they are to be displayed in a glass fronted frame. As some encaustic paintings have a lot of texture it is important to ensure the mount is deep enough to allow for this. Most of my painting have texture but are not very proud.

Some of the paintings in my shop here on Art In Wax and in my outlet stores are supplied mounted, other are not and come just backed, if I am not supplying a picture mounted ready to frame then we back them with 2mm backing board, this gives the painting structure as they do not want to be bent in any way as this may ruin the picture.

Display on an easel

Painting supplied with just a backing board can be mounted and framed or can be displayed on a display easel, this is another way I like to view my own Art and as you can see from many of the pictures on this website and blog I have an array of different size display easels for different size paintings. They are not very expensive and I personally like them as they can be moved easily and pictures can be changed without having to re-frame etc.

In the eye of the beholder!

I personally think Art, like beauty is in the eye of the beholder, we may all think of different things as Art, but what we each like, is what is important to us all, I think.

Likewise how we display our Art, be it for collecting or Home Decor is a very personal choice, but seeing a piece of art displayed in a frame or on a display easel brings the art more to life …. would you agree?

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