Friday, November 14, 2014

New art

Last year my colleague and friend Garrett went to visit his father who lives/works in Cuba.  Garrett noticed that most Cubans drive old American cars from the 1950s, and knowing how much I love 1950s cars, Garrett brought me back some beautiful matted, signed photos.  What a thoughtful gift!!

I'm embarrassed to say that those photos have been sitting in my house unframed for nearly a year now.  I anticipated that getting them custom-framed would be really expensive so I put it off.  But yesterday (my day off work) I came across the photos again and decided I would check my local HomeGoods store to see if they had any standard frames that would work.  So I measured the matted photos and headed over to HomeGoods.  Sure enough, I found terrific black frames for only $16.99 each!  

Two have black mats and one has a white mat.  At first this distressed me, but as I looked at my photos I noticed that two were portrait style and one was landscape style, so I decided that if I put the one landscape style photo into the white matted frame it might look intentional.  So I trimmed the mats slightly to fit, secured them in the frames, and here are the results:
#1
#2
#3
All 3 together
First off, I think the photos are amazing.  They are partially black-and-white and partially color.  I don't know how they do that but its cool.  Obviously the cars are super cool as well.  But I think the photos look so terrific in these frames, all 3 of which only cost me $50. 

I haven't decided yet where to hang them so for the time being they are on our living room sofa.  Maybe this weekend Spouse & I will agree on a place to showcase our new art.

8 comments:

Travel said...

They look great. Cuba is on my list of places to visit someday.

anne marie in philly said...

ay carumba! those are great!

Anonymous said...

Very nice, they look really good!

Thanks,
Calvin

Biki Honko said...

Oh! Lovely photos, and drool worthy cars!! I love those old timey cars, well to look at, or be driven about in them, but not to drive, I'm a mite to short.....

Ur-spo said...

lovely

Rick said...

Those look great! I really like the art especially the perspective of the red car. I think the choice of matts is right-on as well. The white matt makes the basically black car pop as the the black matts does for the more colorful cars. Nice work!

mrtimex said...

enjoy your blog but must comment on proof reading... under the picture of all three cars, in the text, "i don't know", the word 'how' is missing...
how did i find this, oh, its just a gift.

mrtimex said...

cool...