The next-door neighbor just painted her living room. She says she used two coats of color for coverage, bought four gallons of paint, and had plenty left for touch-ups. Her room is a little smaller, so maybe four cans won’t be enough. Then again, she doesn’t have half a wall of shelves, so maybe four cans is still a good guess.
The frames on my walls hold paintings, photographs, mixed-media collages, and drawings, while the frames on my desk hold pinned beetles, foreign currency, and wine corks. Framing things allows me to isolate and view objects in a limited context. So, too, with essays.