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Frame Reflections

Framing artwork is very personal. A frame should work well with the artwork it houses—highlighting the piece but not distracting from it—and it should work well in the space in which the artwork is displayed. Choosing a frame therefore can be a delicate balance between artwork and environment: a question of design. I like the look of both unframed and framed paintings. My personal favourite style of frame is minimalistic—but of course, it depends on the work and the space!

When it came to framing my forest landscape paintings for gallery display, I went with a simple, thin, white-painted wood “floating frame.” This style of frame leaves a small bit of space between the painting and the frame to give this “floating” look to the canvas inside. By leaving the edges of the canvas somewhat visible, depth is created, and the painting is really showcased. That extra space highlights the work with a simple outline while not closing in on it or distracting from it.

After a good experience at Akwarel in De Haan, where I had my forest paintings framed, I went back to have my “De Haan Sunset” and “Dandelions” framed in the same way.

These frames are 4 cm in depth, which lends a nice sturdiness to the work while still maintaining the lightness of the white finished thin edges. The edges of the frame are 0.5 cm wide, which again serves to highlight the work in a subtle way.

The frames are equipped with a hanging piece on the back and are ready for display!

Thanks to Eline Verellen for the photos of “De Haan Sunset” and “Dandelions”.    

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Welcome to Laura K. Smith Paintings! This website is dedicated to my painting practice and it serves a few different purposes:

First, it is my online portfolio—a place to share my paintings. I work in series and collections. Since 2020, I have been developing my Forest Series, and most recently, since 2021, a collection within the series has taken shape: my Sculptural Trees paintings.

Second, this website functions as the online point of sale for my work. Through my webshop, I sell original acrylic paintings, high-quality poster reproductions of my paintings, and cards. If you have any questions about my products or are interested in learning more about working with me on a commissioned project, don’t hesitate to get in touch (see the Contact Page).

Finally, this website serves as my painting blog (welcome to the first post!) where I write about my painting process and share what inspires me (as you can see from my landscape themes, it is nature and its colours, light, movement, shadow, and form—but also music, art history, literature, and lately: podcasts!). New blogs are posted every second Wednesday.

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