Dutch artist Elly Ypma painted this miniature version of John William Waterhouse's 'Ophelia' (1894) for me. I had wanted this painting for the hall of my first dolls house for a long time, but only last month I decided to ask her to paint it for me. Isn't it wonderful?
Using mainly wood, I made a frame for the painting in the classical style which was often used by the Pre-Raphaelites. After a white base coat and a red bole acrylic seize I used 23 carat gold leaf to finish the frame. I am very pleased with the combination of the painting and the frame.
With the weather being very cloudy and dark, it was difficult to take realistic photos. The first photo of this post shows the most realistic colors. But here is the painting on the wall of the hall under two different lighting conditions. I think it looks fantastic!
I did a bit more framing this week. I ordered two frames from John J. Hodgson for paintings I had hanging in the Salon and the Dining Room of my first Canal House. I used one frame for the painting below, also painted by Elly Ypma after Frans van de Mijn's 'Portrait of Machteld Muilman'(c. 1745). A perfect fit!
I ordered the frames in a gold finish but realized they would look better with the same paint finish I used in the room on the mirror and light fixtures.
I used a matt white paint on the frame (Painting the Past, Matt) which dried incredibly fast. I held the frame under running water and rubbed the paint off the high areas. It was very easy to do due to the quality of the paint. The original gold finish held up beautifully.
I had intended the second frame for another painting, but as this portrait of a man (painted by me 12 years ago) is in the same room as the Machteld Muilman portrait I thought it best to give both paintings the same frame. See how well the frame matches the sconces and the mirror?
Now I'll have to order more frames for the other paintings.