|Christmas Remains, Photo © Toni Ruppert|
1. Protect your oil painting.
Protect your painting from environmental damage like smoke and air pollution. You may have seen before and after images of oil paintings that have been cleaned. Eliminate any smoking near your oil painting, and limit the use of candles and incense near it. You may prefer to hang it outside of direct sunlight and ultra-violet exposure.
2. Dusting is OK.
Dust your painting regularly. Do not spray anything (like Pledge) on the work. A soft brush, like a paintbrush, may be used to dust paintings. You can also dust with a soft, dry cloth. Additionally, you can keep artwork dust free by using a low power vacuum with a hose and brush attached.
3. Take care when transporting.
When transporting your painting, lay a flat piece of cardboard, mat board or similar firm material over the front and back surfaces. For extra protection, wrap it in bubble wrap or styrofoam wrap. Try not to keep it wrapped up for too long because might cause damaging moisture buildup. Fedex Office carries a medium and large box especially made for shipping/ transporting art.
4. Beware of sharp objects.
Never lean the front or back of a stretched canvas on a pointed or sharp object, no matter how small. This will leave a dent that will mar your work. If you want to lean it against something, lean it on the wood of its stretcher bars so that nothing presses against the actual canvas.
5. Properly frame your oil painting.
Be sure your oil painting is properly framed. Oil paintings must be framed without glass. The framing serves to accent and complete the painting and cover the edges of the canvas. You might need a frame with a large rabbet depth to accommodate large canvas stretchers. I recommend the online store-- pictureframes.com for their excellent selection and customer service.
|Framing Art, Photo © Toni Ruppert|
These 5 recommendations are essential when caring for your new original oil painting.
Finally, if the work must change owners, the artist who created the work would probably appreciate being contacted. She would love knowing of the painting’s whereabouts so she can update the work's provenance records.
Feel free to leave any further questions in the comments.
The holidays are almost over here, yet with the proper care of your original oil painting--your purchase will last for generations to come.