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Alternatives Continued

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Last week I posted some frames I painted as an alternative to my standard license plate, This week I have a number of standard dinner type plates to post. I really enjoyed painting these but it was decided between myself, my wife and several close friends whose judgment I sincerely value that painting dinner plates was outdated and cliche. So, I abandoned that idea as well.



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I reached a point where my source of license plates was drying up and I decided to look at other things to toy around with painting, one of which is picture frames. My brother in law wanted a sugar skull painted but could not afford to pay me for it so I told him if he would be willing to be a guinea pig and provide a frame I would paint his skull for him. I have no idea why he chose that particular frame but he did and he likes it so… I guess in the end that’s what matters right! With the center frame, I painted the glass in the negative and this one was particularly difficult to accomplish, I also painted the mat and used a piece of ordinary scrapbook paper to serve as the back drop. The unique thing about this one is it is entirely interchangeable, the mat and the background can easily be removed and replaced to suit. The last one was made special for a dear friend to celebrate the start of her new business. Next week will feature several other items I experimented with before I finally found a new source for plates. Cheers!


This is a light box my wife found and wanted painted to use as a night light in the kitchen.


“LOVE” Variation one


Hope Variation 1

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This plate was the start of a whole series of plates I nicknamed my hidden message series, This was also the first plate I framed. Up until this point I didn’t realize how much of a difference a frame could make with a given piece of art. I have since experimented with various shapes and sizes of frames but have settled on a 16×20 as my mainstay.

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