Is it OK to Cut and Re-frame an Old Watercolor?

Is it OK to Cut and Re-frame an Old Watercolor?

Aaron Able
Feb 23, 2010

Q: I bought this watercolor at an estate sale for $20. My style is more modern than the frame and would fit better with my decor with a new matte and frame job. But starting to plan this has got me thinking and what I'd really like to do is crop out about 50% of the composition and focus just on the seagull. Would doing this be just "wrong"? Or almost sacrilege in some way?

Sent by Sara

I'm pretty sure it's not some important piece of work I'd be cutting up, but still I hesitate and wonder if it's OK to do! I've included a picture of a mock-up of what it would look like (sort of) when finished. I look forward to hearing your opinions. Thank You.

Editor: Go for it! What do readers think?

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