Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Heard today a painting of Manchester City famous footballer Emmanuel Adebayor had a very strange odor to it, especially within the frame!

Hard to believe, but according to a UK Border Agency which sniffs around these kind of things, drug smugglers tried to transport a kilo of cannabis within a wooden frame around a painting of him. Wonder who painted it? It was sent from Togo, supposedly to Tottenham, North London but ended up somehow in a postal depot in Coventry. I used to live near Coventry! That's about where my connection with this story begins and ends.

Painters are famous for spending elaborate time and money on their portrait frames, gilding the lily so to speak.

My favorite crush Phillip de Laszlo was so obsessed about his frames that he painted the portraits actually in the frames to see the overall effect. See the picture here of his bald spot painting in front of a frame. Smart man. That mahlstick of his looks pretty peachy too.

Anyho, I might be looking at frames a bit more carefully from now on. This drug seize was revealed as one of the more unusual places Border Agency officers found drugs in 2010. No kid!

I will stick to getting my frames from Graphix Dimensions for now.

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Marian Fortunati said...

Doesn't it make you wonder what they'd come up with if they put their creativity and effort into something worthwhile AND LEGAL????

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

yes,, but everyone is looking for extreme profit margin hence the situation.