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I've tried finding good frames at many well known places (they shall remain nameless), but they do not specialize in plein air frames. The best service and the best frames for plein air are at kingofframe.com - Randy Higbee, owner, and Terry are the best. Call them at 800-506-7624 or just look up their website. They are in Costa Mesa. As to the process, I use the S shaped brads to hold the painting in until I decide that this is the permanent frame for the painting and I will not be using the frame for other exhibits. Once I decide this is the permanent frame, I then put the protective paper backing, add a large label with all my info and perhaps a little story about the painting and my inspiration to paint it.
I haven't done a plein air worth framing yet. My other paintings are framed mostly with off-the-shelf frames from the craft store. A few are custom framed.
I have a lot of experience framing art. I started in 1975. My creative life extends to working as a museum preparator on valuable collections. I don't usually dispense advice on framing because it can be highly subjective and personal but one of my former teachers, Robert Kulicke, used to say, " a work of art must be presented in the most sympathetic manner possible:
a frame should never dominate the work, but play best supporting role." Another highly experienced man in the framing business used to say :" what is the basis for good design?" It can be answered in 3 words: " It shouldn't hurt." I would say even now this continues to be sage advice.
best, Bruce Bundock