The mood of the subject can also influence whether the painting is vertical or horizontal. A wide, horizontal painting tends to be more restful, more welcoming. The vertical painting demands attention and focus.
Most oil paintings like to be framed, but, as with makeup, subtlety is best. I'm pretty sure no artist wants to hear how much you love the frame! A well-chosen frame will enhance a lovely painting without drawing too much attention to itself. A frame can enlarge the total size of the painting, turning the small 9x12 canvas into a sizable 15x18 piece of art for your wall. Many oil frames are quite wide, 3-5", yet relatively plain, so the painting gets all the drama. I love it when I find a frame that looks "just right" for one of my paintings!
Look how this elegant gold-leafed plein air frame dramatizes the shell painting…(and to think that shell was once a tomato!)…and the simple black frame on the heron painting allows the sky to glow more than ever. Now these are ready for the Monthaven Fall Exhibit.