Works on paper sometimes have a rough or imperfect edge. When framing pieces like this, one option is to mount or "float" the paper in a way that leaves the edges exposed. I'm having the painting above set against a white background, and to contrast with the art's raw edges the frame will be a classic, very clean-lined gold. (More on that to come.)
The images above might give you an idea of what I mean. The first is cropped from Vogue, 1998 (India Hicks' house again) and the second is cropped from Southern Accents, February 2009 (Anne and King Milling's NOLA house).
There are also some great examples of this approach in the last issue of domino. Don't worry, I won't spoil anyone's enjoyment by prematurely posting pages from the magazine. But I will slip in two obscure images cropped from a story about Amy Larocca and Will Frears. The ink watercolor and tempera work, above, is a Bo Joseph.
And don't miss this video of exhibited work from one of our favorite Southern artists, Elliott Puckette. Below, one of her framed works on paper.