Flamenco Dancer

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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 06-10-2014 01:34 AM 1903 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Martha has a cousin in El Paso Texas who loves to paint. He charges a modest fee for his paintings. This one was $100.00. It’s not perfectly painted but we love the subject matter. I’m a fan of his color combinations and his eye for putting it together.

Martha is so happy to have this painting.

I saw the painting and went right to work on the frame. I choose to sandwich a 1/8 inch piece of Jatoba between matched mahogany. I didn’t have quite enough Mahogany to match the bottom portion of the frame so it worked better that I divided the strips.

I expected much more contrast, I’m a little disappointed that the Jatoba was actually darker than the Mahogany in a few spots.

Still – the frame and picture together look very striking and I got a very sweet kiss from Martha when I hung the painting.

Frame is two layers thick.
Top layer is mitered.
Bottom layer uses Butt joints.


1 coat 60/40 Tung/Mineral Spirits. Waited a day.
1 coat Tung. Waited a Day.
Paper bag Wipe.
1 Coat Tung. Waited a day.
Paper bag wipe.
1 coat de-waxed Shellac. Waited a day.
Scuffed with 220.
1 coat de-waxed Shellac. Waited a day.
Scuffed with 220.
1 coat de-waxed Shellac. Waited a day.
Sanded 400.
1 coat de-waxed Shellac. Waited a day.

Thanks for looking!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Dave Rutan

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#1 posted 06-10-2014 01:44 AM

I think the sandwich idea was good, but yea, a little more contrast would look better.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 06-10-2014 02:16 AM

The frame seems to flow into the painting. The painting looks fine from here. But the way it’s framed really makes the dancer stand out. Good job sir.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 06-10-2014 02:23 AM

Cool design makes for a great looking frame—very nicely done. I also really like the painting.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 06-10-2014 02:26 AM

It’s a beauty, Mark. Very fitting for that painting!!...................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 06-10-2014 02:43 AM

Thank you very much guys!

Dave, I had a thought. I think I used a 1/8 inch division just to see if something I said on another project could be done easily. I think either more contrast or a quarter inch division.

Monte, you put into words the thing that I couldn’t put my finger on. The wood seems to flow into the painting. Well said sir!

John, when we look at the painting with a critical eye, we can see a few things. Yet, that didn’t stop us from really liking the painting. Martha sent her cousin a picture of the frame and painting. I he and I made the sum of the parts greater than the whole.

Jim, it could just be me but we are really loving the combination. I was going to use up some walnut and decided to grab the mahogany shorts instead, I’m happy I did!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#6 posted 06-10-2014 02:52 AM

Mark, You made a really good choice to include that knot. In the top. I really like the effect it adds. I like that painting too. I can hear music when I look at it.

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#7 posted 06-10-2014 03:03 AM

Thank you much carver. You read my mind. I can hear the shoes stamping out the beat as she moves with grace.

FYI everyone, I’ve been saying that rockler sells off their shorts from time to time. That’s where the mahogany came from. The Jatoba came from a pallet slat.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 06-10-2014 03:12 AM

COOL Frame.

COOL painting.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#9 posted 06-10-2014 07:56 AM

I think the painting and the frame are both beautiful and look good together Mark, but if you are unhappy with the way the frame colour flows into the painting, you could put a narrow black border around the inside edge of the frame to create some contrast.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 06-10-2014 09:35 AM

The colours are incredible,painting is amaizing. Don’t get me wrong frame too :-)

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 06-10-2014 01:08 PM

Joe, thank you sir. You’re too cool.

Mike, brilliant idea! I’m filing that one away for future use. I actually love the way they flow together.

Ivan, thank you very much!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#12 posted 06-10-2014 02:49 PM

Critiquing art finds me awkwardly out of my comfort zone, so I’ll just say I like the bold colors and the subject matter as an accent to your South Western designed tables. As to the choices of wood species in your frame, sometimes ‘less is more’. The subtle line of Jatoba, featured in the Mahogany actually drew my eye to the beauty of the frame, which by the way, compliments the painting very well.

You must ask yourself if you were framing the Art – or – featuring the Frame.

When it comes to Fine Art, personally, I rather enjoy the ‘Dogs Playing Poker’, Warhol’s ‘Soup Can’ and who doesn’t appreciate the great ‘Elvis’ portrait on black velvet?

...maybe I should have saved that last 2 cents

Well that’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it.
Work Safely and have Fun. – Len. :-)

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#13 posted 06-10-2014 03:52 PM

Great frame it really compliments the painting

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#14 posted 06-10-2014 10:25 PM


Heaven forbid we get you out of your comfort zone. But I think the simple truth for all of us is this, If we like it – it shouldn’t matter what other people say.

Unfortunately, I was featuring the frame when I built it. I just wanted to see how a frame would look with that design. I picked the mahogany to go with the painting, other than that – I didn’t give the painting a second thought. You gave us some fine words of wisdom. I’ll make sure I think about “Framing the Art” in the future.

When I lived in El Paso, you could cross the bridge into Mexico and find some of the finest black velvet paintings on Earth! My dad actually bought 2 of them about 40 something years ago. I thought they were awesome!! Mom was trying to find a way to accidentally burn them down without setting the rest of the house on fire.

About 35 years ago, I saw my first Doggie poker game at an upholstery supply store. Once again – AWESOME!

About Warhol’s pop art contributions, his stuff was way better than 90% of the remaining pop art. (Or am I being critical?)

McoyFrog, thanks for the compliment!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#15 posted 06-13-2014 05:46 PM

Scanning through the projects, my eye was caught in the brilliance. Often frames are used by the artist to separate the picture from the wall. In this combination Patterns and colors flow. I like the contrast and hue. It is also set off from the wall well.


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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