I visited the Uffizi Gallery in Florence last year and, apart from the beautiful paintings of course, I was struck by how fabulously ornate the gilt frames often were. I wondered if they would work with my dramatic still life paintings - I was intrigued by how a simple, still, calm portrait of, say, a perfect strawberry would look when combined with an elaborate, flamboyant, golden frame. I experimented and I think it looks fabulous, so I'm going to produce a few more of these.
The paintings themselves are quite small, because the frames are quite large by comparison and I don't want the whole visual effect to become overpowering. These paintings in these frames are like exquisite jewels, and could have stepped right out of the Renaissance.
Acrylic paint, clear gloss varnish