Sunday, August 16, 2015

Oil, Water and Bronze

Kate came into Random looking for a way to hang her paintings (on flat panels).
Douglas added 3/4" by 1 1/2" deep poplar wood to the panels.
We loved Kate's work and asked her if she would display a few pieces in the window.
For Two weeks (over July 4th) we displayed her US Flag painting.

Then changed the paintings to show her "recent abstracts".  I asked Kate to describe her work;
"I am always curious about process.  In my paintings and my writing, I appreciate the possibility of surprise.  Inspired by my friend, painter Harry Moody, I use various straight edged objects, some soft, some firm to "pull" the paint over the obstacles I attach to plywood or canvas.  Often a story emerges from the paint that enhances a narrative I'm working on, or becomes a story unto itself."
For more info on Kate's very interesting life:
or contact RandomCustomFraming 323-550-8000

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Yuel, Debbie, Jack & Jimmy

The Museum of Fred (MOF) is an online museum featuring thrift store paintings from the collection of Fred Beshid.  The paintings in the collection were purchased from thrift stores in the greater Los Angeles area.  "MOF is a celebration of the diversity of Southern California and the potential of art to express our common humanity." The paintings featured in the window are 1960's era celebrity portraits by E. Daniels. The entire collection can be viewed at
"Making art is too important to be left only to art professionals." Fred Beshid

Sunday, March 22, 2015


"This current series of paintings visualizes my concerns in regards to contemporary society's greatest issues; gender, economic, ethnic, religious and sexual inequality.  The images begin with the colors from the rainbow/pride flag but are meant to represent people of all sizes, shapes, beliefs and colors trying to live and grow together in harmony." Mark Verrillo

Mainland China

"Touring the British Commonwealth of Hong Kong didn't prepare me for what lay across the border on my first visit to mainland China.  The color palette switched suddenly from the bright neons of Nathan Road to the drab greys and browns of Guangzhou.  Traveling by van through the countryside we crossed countless rivers and waterways by ferry..Small villages with busy shops selling everything from prepared foods to brake linings sprung up on either bank.  Here is a glimpse" Marshall Kwong

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Gwen Freeman

Gwen Freeman's landscapes are thickly layered and wildly colored:
a feminized contemporaneous, LA version of German expressionist landscapes.
A new direction for Gwen, made possible by the 2011 construction of a studio
adjacent to her house where she can slather on oil paint
with great disregard for the walls, floor and furniture.
The scenes are based on relatively faithful plain air sketches
of the italian countryside, the California coast,
southwest canyons and
her own Mt. Washington neighborhood.
You can find out more about Gwen and view her work at

Sunday, January 25, 2015

A Fresh Coat

Sonny came to us as a customer, about a year ago, wanting some framing for his upcoming show.
We began working together and discovered that besides being an all around good guy, his day job is as a house painter. He works with clients all over Los Angeles, interior and exterior, mostly residential.
After 10 years our alcove was in need of some repairs and a new coat of paint.
He had a solo show in Alhambra last October.  After taking down the work he brought two pieces straight to our Slow Down window.   He is currently working on a website so he can sell his work online.


Rey Bustos is best know for his mastery of anatomy and his enthusiastic teaching/lectures skills.
He is a graduate of Art Center College of Design (1989) where he currently teaches 3D Anatomy, Imaginatomy (a class he created) , and Figure Drawing. He also teaches a weekly adult class at and online through
Taking a break from figure drawing he created this series of paintings called "Plane Air"
You can find out more about Rey and see his work at