- Avoid touching the surface of the painting.
- Avoid hanging your painting close to shelves, furniture, in busy corridors, behind doors, or where people can knock it.
- Try to avoid hanging over direct heat or moisture sources, for example, right over fires, radiators, heaters, hot water or central heating pipes; in bathrooms, kitchens or around swimming pools.
- Avoid hanging over or next to outdoor vents, or on damp walls.
- Picture lights attached to or near to the top of a painting can get hot and lead to localized heating. It is best to take advice on lighting.
- Bear in mind that paintings will build up dirt more quickly in rooms with an open fire or where people smoke.
- Hanging fitments should be fixed to the sides of the frame, not the top. Choose a thick and solid part of the frame. Make sure screws are secure but do not push them through the front.
- As with all objects in your home a painting will collect dust and dirt. Dust can be removed using a very soft brush with metal elements protected so that they cannot be a cause of damage. Avoid feather dusters, sheep skin dusters, however soft, as they catch.
- Keep out of direct sunlight.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Tips for the Conservation and Care of Your Oil Painting
Oil paintings can be very delicate and easy to damage, but by following a few simple guidelines your painting can have a long and happy life. I've come up with a few tips for the care, conservation, and hanging of your oil painting with a little help from the Conservation Register. These tips are especially relevant for oil paintings, but it would be wise to apply them to all artwork in general.