|Project by EarlS||posted 12-07-2014 12:35 AM||1740 views||16 times favorited||9 comments|
Gustave Baumann (1881 – 1971) created color woodcut prints of American rural landscapes. Baumann was active in the era before photo-reproduction replaced wood engraving. He was active in the Chicago and Indiana countryside until he took a trip to Taos, NM…which then became home. He lived in Santa Fe area for more than 50 years carving into wood southwestern landscapes and spring and summer garden and orchards. His prints are awash in brilliant, hand-ground pigments.
The prints are “Silver Sky”, “Bishop’s Apricot”, and “Spring Blossoms”. John from Mission Motif in Atlanta was kind enough to sell the matted prints without a frame. I’ve had them for nearly a year while I worked out how to best frame them in a manner that highlighted the beautiful artwork while complimenting the Arts and Crafts décor of our Master Bedroom. Even with some CAD work and very detailed plans I still started over twice on the Silver Sky frame and 3 times on the Spring Blossom frame getting every detail to fit and flow together. All in all, I probably have 80 hours invested in these frames and the final product was well worth all of the time and effort.
I just ordered the “Lilac Year” to finish out the room. I haven’t started thinking about the frame design yet but I have an entire notebook of designs from this process to leaf through for ideas as well as all of the LB project posts.
The frames are cherry with walnut accents. They are approximately 27”x23” They are finished with a couple of coats of semi-gloss polyurethane.
-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"