A few thoughts on framing watercolors

Two watercolors framed

I’ve been busy framing some watercolors for a gallery – framing them not in the traditional way with a mat and glass, but mounting the paper onto a panel, protecting it with Renaissance wax, and putting it in a float frame so it can be enjoyed without annoying reflections. I often feel that the glass gets in between you and the work.
This is all new technology. Many people have told me that watercolors *must* and *should* be displayed behind glass at all times. But I don’t do very well with musts and shoulds, and to me, the paintings cry out to be viewed without barriers.
Here are a few photos of my works in their frames without glass – what do you think?

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