They're a curse! I seem to spend more time, hot air and nervous energy on *bleep bleep* frames than on painting.
No-one seems to agree. I get as many opinions as the number of people I ask.
It usually ends up costing me a lot with still no nearer being 'right'. I prefer to frame my own paintings (especially as they're often odd sizes) for small outlay and keep prices down but galleries don't like anything they see as not 'well presented'. Fair enough but try getting them to agree on what that is. And of course it is all confused by WHERE the painting is going: modern minimal house, Victorian drawing room, kitchen, study, commercial gallery etc - the list, given that no two rooms are ever alike, is endless.
I feel this need to hang a frame with nothing in it, thus promoting the opinion that frame is more important than what it contains. Maybe something Mr Saatchi would take to? I can see it now.