In early June I added a post to the Grumble talking about a beaded frame I'd created for my artist wife, Diane Eugster. I'm primarily a furniture maker and woodcarver but love the challenge of making custom profiles for her as well as other artists here in the Phoenix area -- contact me if you're looking for a one of a kind frame. Here's a link to my blog post on the creating of this beaded frame: https://woodworksbyjohn.com/2018/05/17/10-board-feet-5-5-hours/ Okay, back to the revisiting, the 12K gold looked fine for the first painting but for the second two it just seemed too bright of a finish -- the frame took too much away from the desert landscape. Tried gold leaf on it but the same, brash contrast. Seems as if black is the new gold but that was too stark, it just boxed in the landscape painting so it couldn't "breathe". In my opinion, the frame should compliment the art either in texture or coloration so with that in mind I took a closer look at the paintings. Her painting is a combination of palette knife brush work creating lots of texture. The palette is that dark green that seems to be predominate in the Sonoran Desert so with that in mind the clay was tinted a dark, dusty green as a base. This was followed by Japan black applied to allow the green to show through to blend with the paintings. Over-all I'm pleased with it and looking for reactions from you on the Grumble -- what say you? I think I'll call it Sonoran Desert Hue!