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.