October 2011

Welcome to Twin Oaks Gallery




At Twin Oaks Gallery Art & Frame, we pride ourselves in our quality framing and the special care we take on each piece. We have the expertise to help you choose the perfect framing to preserve and present your art.  From hand painted mats to shadow boxes, we use our creativity and craftsmanship to make your work the best it can be and something that reflects your personality and taste. You can rest assured that Twin Oaks Gallery will beautifully frame your pieces, recommend the right colors and textures for mats and frames to enhance and protect your art forever. This month, we recommend our featured service, Fabric Wraps, as a unique and special technique to frame your piece. 
When it comes time to frame your family's priceless pieces, precious mementos, portraits and more, give Twin Oaks Gallery the opportunity to show you the best in framing. Consider the importance of the quality of the materials used when you are framing your art on your gallery wall. We've included some tips about how to create your gallery wall to enjoy and share with those who visit your home.

Please visit our website and see some examples of our work and details about all of our services. We look forward to preserving your past and framing your future.


Tonya Lenz
Custom Picture Framer/Owner

Twin Oaks Gallery Art & Frame
757 N. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 703-3889

Creating A  Gallery Wall


Although furniture may take up the most space in a room, it's really the smaller, personal touches that make a house a home. In terms of wall d�cor ideas, one of the easiest ways to personalize your space is to create a gallery wall, incorporating photographs, objects and pieces of art that reflect who you are. Whether you have a large wall area to fill, or a single narrow hallway, a grouping of frames is a great way to create maximum impact and add a shot of color.

Think big. When it comes to creating gallery walls in your home, more is more. While not everyone can afford to invest in an oversize piece of art, a large collection of interesting frames is attainable for just about anyone and often makes for a more interesting display.




The one rule: There are no rules. How to decorate a hallway wall? An arrangement is done right when it pleases your eye. A symmetrical grouping of matching frames is a clean, classic look, but a more spontaneous array of frames creates an eclectic feel of memories collected over time. To achieve this look, use frames in various sizes with both large and small mats. It's also okay to mix finishes, using wood, metal and painted frames together. The key to the most interesting wall decor ideas: Anything goes.

If too much mismatch leaves you feeling dizzy, however, try choosing one element to unify your collection. For example, try decorating with photo frames of different thicknesses and sizes, but stick to one color-black or silver or gold.


Fabric Wraps    


Fabric adds warmth, depth and texture to a piece of artwork. They can enrich a frame design and change the feel of a piece of art dramatically. Twin Oaks Gallery Art & Frame offers fabric wrapping as part of our custom framing designs.  




All of our fabric covered mats are carefully mounted with the bevels wrapped by hand. With hundreds of different fabric including linen, raw or refined silk, suede, velvet, and textured fabrics in a large array of colors, Twin Oaks Gallery Art & Frame can help you design a custom piece that is unique and showcases your piece of art in the best light possible.

There is simply nothing more luxurious and elegant looking as a hand-wrapped fabric mat, liner or fillet.

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Artist of the Month:

Pablo Picasso



Picasso was born in 1881 in Spain. His birth name is 23 words long; the family called him Ruiz, not Pablo, when he was a boy.

His father taught drawing at a local Fine Arts school, which allowed Picasso to receive formal drawing and painting lessons from a very young age. In 1895, Picasso's father got a job at the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona and the young Picasso was accepted into the school.

At the tender age of 15, Picasso's famous oil painting "The First Communion" went on display in an exhibition in Barcelona. A year later, his painting "Science and Charity" won a competition in Malega.

In 1900, Picasso changed his name from Ruiz to Pablo Picasso. He moved to Paris. Picasso landed his first paid job, earning 150 francs each month for his paintings. Picasso wandered throughout Europe, a habit that he would continue for the rest of his life.

 The blue period in Picasso's work began after his dear friend, Casegemas, shot himself in the head after a woman rejected his love. This triggered a flurry of paintings, starting with "Death of Casegemas," painted in shades of blue. For three years, Picasso moved almost constantly and painted many depressing paintings, all in shades of blue, depicting sorrowful scenes.

In 1904, Picasso began to work more colors into his palette again, especially shades of rose, which is why this time is referred to as his rose period. The subject matter he painted was still somber, depressing or disturbing, but lighter colors again appeared in his work. 

In 1907, Picasso became fascinated with angular African sculptures. Inspired by these sharp angles, Picasso began to paint in the style now known as Cubism. He began by painting profile noses onto frontal views of faces, but the style soon evolved to include still life paintings of fruit and other subjects. 

As his struggles with his celebrity status increased, his style changed again and again and he delved into surrealism.  

 Picasso's work became political for a short while, including a mural he painted depicting the bombing of Guernica. Picasso actively handed the Nazis copies of anti-war prints he had produced during the occupation of France. In his later years, Picasso devoted his talents to painting humanitarian images and fighting for peace. He even named one of his children Paloma, which means "peace".  He passed away at

 the age of 92.



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