Each painting page will tell you if the painting is a:

1. " Gallery Wrap" (sometimes referred to as "wrapped stretched canvas").    This means that the canvas goes around the stretcher bar and (in our case anyway) is painted on the edges, sometimes a solid color but often an extension of the painting.    The depth of the stretcher bars can be narrow (under 1") or wider (usually 1.5 or 1.75 inch).   THESE PAINTINGS DO NOT REQUIRE FRAMING.    That does not mean you cannot frame them if you want to.    The narrow ones can be framed like any other canvas,  the wider ones will require a deeper frame - or you can have your framer restretch the canvas onto a narrower frame.    Suggestions as to framing are sometimes given - these are just suggestions, do not consider them "set in stone".

2. "Stapled stretched canvas."   As the name implies, the staples show on the edges.    Most of our paintings have been painted on the edges anyway, to facilitate hanging in galleries with a better look.   But you really should frame them when they move into your home. 

3. "Canvasboards."   These must be framed.    Usually paintings are done on canvasboard because the particular technique required too much pressure for a stretched canvas.   They are usually framed with some sort of solid support behind them, such as springs in a metal frame or a piece of light masonite.

We do not offer framing for paintings because:

    1. Although a picture frame must correlate with the painting foremost, it will take some guidance from the home where it is going to live.   Your designer or your local picture framer can help you achieve the perfect marriage.

    2. Picture frames are heavy and they impact shipping costs!

    3. Picture frames are somewhat expensive and we would have to add in that cost, causing needless mark-ups for something you ultimately might want to change.

Having said all that - we do offer suggestions for framing on many paintings.   These suggestions are offered by the artists themselves, who have all had a lot of experience designing frames in the fine art market.    The suggestions are offered as a "place to start" - there is no "one right way" to frame anything.    So have fun and use a good picture framer!

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