|"Sarge's," oil on panel, 20x16 (a standard size)|
On the other hand, sometimes effective compositions require dimensions that differ from standard. For example, a panoramic view of the Grand Canyon might require a much wider support, or conversely a view of a skyscraper could mean a support much taller than wide. Either way, you'll need a custom built frame.To my mind composition clearly takes precedence over framing convenience.
|"MacDougal Street," oil on canvas 36x18|
After a lot of thought and editing the result was "MacDougal Street," a famous venue in Manhattan's West Village. The Minetta Tavern and Cafe Wha are famous hangouts of the Beats and other intellectuals, artists, and writers over the decades. But they aren't actually next door but across the street from one another. In order to compress the scene I eliminated Minetta Street itself, which should actually intersect MacDougal behind the foreground figure. But of course, artistic license is always present in compositions. That's why you need custom-sized canvases and frames.