Tips to Care for Expensive Oil Paintings

Oil paint is a traditional painting medium that has been used by artists for centuries and loved for its durability,  clarity of colour, and flexibility in applications. Paintings can be considered as man’s most precious form of expression. Oil paintings look much more attractive and vivid compared to those created using watercolours. Having an art piece displayed in home or office can be uplifting and it can add to one’s personality. You need to consider many things before buying an oil painting to ensure that the artwork would be worth the money. 

Selection of Room

Oil paintings is a traditional form of art that not only attracts the viewers but also spreads an aura of beauty and freshness to the room. Before the buying process, it is imperative for the buyer to set a location or place for the painting. A proper place for the painting not only increases the paintings value but it surely adds a charm to your room.Make sure the painting is displayed at the best place in the home where it gets maximum views. Proper lighting is also very essential, but make sure to hang paintings away from direct sunlight, bright overhead lights and fireplaces.
Oil paintings also loose its beauty and colors with temperature. So make sure you don’t keep the painting in the room with fluctuating temperature. Also make sure the wall where the painting is to be hanged is not affected by seepage or dampness.

Hanging the painting

You may choose to hang your oil painting with or without a frame. The frame gives a more finished look to the oil painting and helps define the boundaries of the artwork. The frame does add some weight to the whole piece of art. To hang the oil painting, use an appropriately strong hook ie. the one that can support double the weight of the oil painting.
The oil painting should hang as flush to the wall as possible. Don’t hang your priceless paintings on small/regular nails

Handling the painting

Whenever you need to take down the painting for cleaning or transferring else where, always hold the frame rather than touching the painting. Any accessories such as watches, jewellery, or cuff buttons may have to be removed because they can snag on or scratch the paint surface. To avoid transferring natural oils, moisture and dirt from your hands onto the painting, make sure your hands are clean. Always wear appropriate well-fitting, lightweight cotton or latex gloves. If the painting is not framed and is small enough for one person to carry, hold it with the flat of your palms.Medium-sized paintings should always be handled by two persons.

Cleaning the painting

To help preserve your oil paintings for prosperity, they need to be kept clean to protect them from dust, pet hair,
smoke, and environmental residue, however, improper care and cleaning can damage finished paintings.Oil paintings does
not require regular pampering. Dont make it a part of your everyday cleaning. Clean painting only when it is required.
The best way to clean it is just to use a soft, dry sable brush to get the dust off. Anything beyond this usually needs a
professional. The back of the painting can also be cleaned by using the similar brush itself.

Expert call

If you observe any kinf of damage on your painting, like the colours are coming off or may be termite attack on the frame, you must contact a restorer. To find an art expert, you may begin on a local level by talking to nearby antique dealers or local museums. If you are supposed to take the painting to the expert, make sure you wrap it in a bubble wrap and take it to an art restorer for examination or restoration, as the case may be.


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