This is what the frame on most of my pieces looks like. In some cases I stain it, but many are left raw. There is a slight space around the image, which helps the viewer see the edge of the painting where the ground color is visible. These frames are made using basic miters. The wood is pine.
I have been working on different framing techniques for my Chromascape series. Some variations include adding a space and not varnishing. These are two samples. Both leave a space, but one is raw and one is varnished. It’s hard to decide which way to go, as I feel they need to all be the same but the different colors compliment different paintings. Another option I am considering is not framing at all but cleaning up and painting the sides of the panels. In doing this I use the color of the under painting, which accentuates the under painting. I am not sure where I will go from here, but I have to make decision soon as I have a few shows coming up!