Once you’ve chosen, paid for and received your long awaited Original Oil Painting it’s important to get the most enjoyment by handling and taking proper care of your Artwork.
Room selection – Be aware of your location choice for the painting. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight will fade the colours of an oil painting so try not to hang in direct sunlight. Avoid exposure to extreme heat, extreme cold, or to extreme humidity. Avoid hanging paintings directly over fires, radiators, or heaters. Be careful not to use picture lights attached very close to the painting as some light bulbs can get very hot. Do not keep in a damp room as it encourages mould and mildew, like bathrooms or kitchens.
Moving/Handling – Avoid leaning the front or back surface of a stretched canvas on a pointed or sharp object, like the corner of a table or chair, as it will leave a dent that will disfigure thework. Lean it on the wood of its stretcher bars or the frame, so that nothing presses against the canvas. If you need to transport the work, lay a flat piece of board or cardboard over the front and back of the painting, and then wrap it in bubble wrap. Bubble wrap could leave marks so keep away from the painting surface . Try to keep a painting upright and never lay it flat. Take care with the frame corners as they are easily damaged. Always handle the frame without touching the surface of the painting with hands. Carry a painting with two hands from the sides of the frame.
Cleaning – You might want to dust your painting regularly, so that a layer of dust does not build up. Only dust with a light brush. Do not use chemicals or household cleaning products. Do not use water or damp cloths. Do not use feather dusters. The back of the painting could be cleaned with soft brushes.
Hanging – Before you hang the painting, make sure the hook is strong, so that the painting doesn’t fall and get damaged. Make note of the weight of the painting and use suitably heavy screws and hooks. Try not to hang your art work too high or too low. You want to enjoy looking at it and hang it at a good eye level. A recommended height is 60″ from the floor to the middle of the picture, depending on your own height and the wall space.
Copyright – It’s important to note that the artist will always retain copyright of the painting. This means that nobody but the artist can copy, reproduce or photograph the work for distribution or commercial gain without the prior consent of the artist.
If you have any other questions in relation to the painting or frame, please feel free to get in touch through my contact page and I’ll happily answer any queries you may have.