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Old 05-20-2007, 04:06 AM
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Framing oil paintings under glass

In the magazine ‘International Artist’ June/July 2007 there is an article by a UK artist John McCombs. The article was providing advice for people starting or switching to oil painting. He advised, among other things, to frame oil paintings under glass.
I only started in Oils three or four years ago but I hazily recall that oil paintings were never framed under glass until they were several years old and totally and completely dry. The reason given was that the glass would contain the moisture and eventually the canvas would deteriorate. As a result I have always had my oils framed without glass.
Are there any views on this subject as I would like to change.
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Old 05-20-2007, 05:14 AM
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Re: Framing oil paintings under glass

Here at WC (in the oils forum at least, I haven't been hanging around in other forums much) I notice a lot of people explaining what they do, but the reason why they do it is hardly ever revealed.
For me as a beginning painter that makes it very difficult to pick my choice .

Does this John McCombs tell, in his article, why he advices this way of framing above other methods of display?

At the moment I paint a lot with oils on specially prepared paper. (the reason why I choose paper is very personal, I feel free to waste it, so I feel more freedom to experiment on paper ).
When I display one of my works I have chosen for a frame with mat (passe-partout) but without glass. I do like the way the oils look so much, that I feel the glass spoils the look dramatically. I always leave about 0,5 to 1 cm of the paper free of paint. That makes it possible to frame the painting without the paint touching any other paper than the support I painted on.
But I guess that will not be an issue any more after I have varnished the paintings.
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Old 05-20-2007, 10:21 AM
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Re: Framing oil paintings under glass

From what little i know if the painting is hung in a environment controlled place its o.k. but i know that glass magnifies heat, that can be harmfull. Bud
Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things. - Edger Degas
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Old 05-21-2007, 10:51 PM
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Re: Framing oil paintings under glass

I've personally never heard of nor seen oil paintings with glass over them.

I'd think that as long as proper varnishing is done that the extra expense of glass cutting, mounting, framing and cleaning is unneeded. Not to mention the added weight this causes.

I'd love to hear his reasoning behind telling us to put glass over the painting.

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