Caring for your Art
Owning an original painting has always been a matter of pride for the owner.
It is our view at BarbaraItalianArtist.com that the value of art work purchased from us increases the moment you mount it on your wall.
Quality art is an investment. With time, your investment will grow and your purchased art will increase in value.
The art is precious to us as well. Taking good care of your paintings will allow you to enjoy it for years and generations to come.
Professional help can be obtained to clean or preserve your valuable paintings. However, good care starts by your own precaution and attention from the moment you acquire the painting.
Works of art of any kind can be damaged by light, extreme fluctuating temperature and relative humidity, pollution, pests, poor handling, storage or mounting.
As a general rule, any art work surface should not be touched, oils and dirt on your hands can make the paint deteriorate and create fingerprints; nothing should be leaned on its surface and it should be protected from water.
All valuable paintings should be hung in a place that avoids direct sunlight, extreme heat or high humidity and away from smoke sources (such as candles or cigarettes). Elements can hasten natural aging process of the paint and cause damage like prematurely faded color or cracks. Insects can cause damage to paintings as well. If you suspect an infestation, you should package the painting in plastic and have an expert examine and clean the painting for you.
To avoid mold forming on or around the painting, keep art work in a place free from excessive moisture. Hanging any painting in a bathroom, laundry room or basement, is not recommended.
Good quality mounting and framing is one of the most effective methods of preserving and caring for works of art.
Frame your painting as soon as possible to protect it from dirt, dust and handling.
It is strongly suggested to work with a professional framer familiar with the framing process of that specific type of art work to obtain the best results.
As a good rule, paintings done on a paper surface (such as pencils, pastels, watercolors and sometimes acrylics), must be displayed under an ultraviolet (UV) filtering glass and always with acid free mounting and matting materials. This is the best way to provide the necessary protection.
It is important not to apply any fixative or varnish on the painting unless specifically instructed by the Artist or an art professional.
Painting done on a canvas surface (such as oils and acrylics) can be framed without glass. The framing serves to accent the painting and cover the edges of the canvas, although it is possible to display oil paintings unframed preferring the simplicity of the final product. While glass will protect from dust, it makes oil paintings harder to appreciate. For this reason such paintings require the care of cleaning them from built up dust and sometimes a thorough cleaning process that is best done with the work of a professional art cleaner or restorer.
The best way to keep clean an oil painting is to dust it with a soft clean brush. Regular dusting will prevent the need for further cleaning and is a critical part of caring for art work. Do not clean the painting with a moist rag or any cleaning product. Never use dry or moist dust cloths, paper towels, stiff bristle brushes or feather dusters to dust a painting. Threads from dust cloths or paper towels particles may catch on areas of raised paint, moisture may case subsequent loss of paint, and both bristle brushes and feather dusters can scratch the surface of a painting.
When moving your painting hold it by the edges and store it vertically against something so that the back of the art work takes the weight with the bottom of the art work rested on a towel or a protective sheet, to prevent damage or chipping of the mount.
By taking these simple precautions, you will be able to preserve your art and increase its value through time.
Enjoy your Art!