Saturday, February 22, 2014

Protecting Oil Paintings; Temperature and Humidity

Painted properly, an oil painting's driest layer or leanest layer is underneath the surface layers. These surface layers contain the fattest paint or the paint containing the most oil. A painting can thus dry from the inside-out without cracking. A painting can take a month or more to "dry." Though it may be 6 months or more before a painting has cured or sufficiently hardened. I began discussing caring for an oil painting in a previous post. Environmental factors can aid or inhibit the curing process. Temperature and humidity can negatively impact a painting. The ideal environment is dust-free, smoke free at a temperature of 70° F and a relative humidity of 45-55%. These archivally perfect conditions can be replicated for work that you intend to last centuries. If perfect museum conditions are not possible or practical, a modified plan can be put into place. For example, during the most humid time of the year, keep paintings in a climate controlled environment. Temperature fluctuates in inner rooms, and on inner walls. Outer walls and rooms closer to the exterior have greater temperature and humidity changes. Prevent mold and moisture and heat exposure by not hanging artwork in bathrooms, kitchens or other moist areas. Limit other environmental insult by not keeping art near fireplaces, wood stoves or in rooms where cooking occurs. Artwork placed on walls near radiators and wall vents can also suffer. Ideally art should not be stored in attics, basements or garages. Even taking a few simple precautions can extend the life of your original artwork.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Caring For Oil Paintings

Protecting Artwork; Newly Painted Work
Although paintings are dry at the time of sale, they have often not had enough time to cure. Curing is a chemical process that can take 6 months or longer. During this time it is important to protect the artwork from damage. Do not touch, rub, scrape or clean a painting for at least a year from the date of purchase. Do not seal or varnish a painting during this time either. If moving or shipping a painting It is critical that the painted area does lean against any surface and does not touch packing materials in any way. When viewing artwork before purchase, during purchase or after purchase, do not allow the painting to be touched. Even after the curing process it is important to protect the painting from dirt and oils from hands, or other items.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Expressions of Local Art, Melbourne Beach, Florida

Art Meets Local Color

Boats and Deep Sky
7 1/4" x 10 1/4" x 1/4"
oil on masonite
© 2014 by julie susanne
Central Florida's newest art venue promises to be "something a little different," according to Billie and Bruce Black, the proprietors; Think: art gallery meets beach casual. Steps from the ocean at Melbourne Beach, Expressions of Local Art has invited local artists to display their beach themed work in this venue on Ocean Avenue. Approximately 20 artists will have original work for sale at various price points. There are paintings, sculpture, furniture, jewelry, garden art and more. The Grand Opening Night where you can Meet and Greet the Artists will be December 19, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm. Stop in and see my latest work from the series: Old Florida!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Wedding Party Painting Progresses

The Narrative Unfolds

Painting a Narrative for me is painting a story in pictures.  It unfolds and twists an turns as I paint.
Below is the process.
After the new pile of rocks was blocked in,next came...
what is there?
women in dresses.
long dresses.
lots of fabric.
pastel colored.
reaching? waving?
for what? something from other side of diptych;
something being dropped, thrown?

Second half of diptych blocked in before additions above:

As these parts were being painted in, elements from the other side emerged. Those will be discussed next post.
See first half of painting here.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Wedding Party- a new painting

This diptych was started this summer. This shows something of my process when painting these narratives. A painting is started with a simple idea or character.

It may be
"rocks" and

As I begin to paint these I see other elements emerge and I paint them:
"person on rocks,"
"balancing on one foot." 

It continues from there...
"rough waves,"
"stormy clouds, but bright sunlight."

In this case, the painting was fairly well developed when the story continued to unfold and another panel was started:
"more rocks,"
"same rock pile or separate pile?"
"same pile but separation of ...." "of what?"
I did not know. See what came into the story next post!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Highest Quality Oil Paint for Pennies

Save Money by Tubing Paint

High quality oil paint does not have to be expensive.  Purchasing paint in bulk can save a bundle;  Get paint in jars and tubs and use it directly from the container or tube it yourself. 
Empty 40 mL paint tubes

I don't use it fast enough to prevent paint from drying out in a wide mouth container, so I like to order paint in large quantities and tube it into 40mL or 125mL tubes.

Bulk Professional Oil Paints

Previously I discussed the content of various brands of oil paints.  Another brand I like to paint with is RGH.  These american made paints do not use extenders and contain only pigments and alkalai refined linseed oil.  They can also be custom made with safflower or walnut oil. 

RGH sells paint in tubes, jars and cans in sizes from 37, 63, 125 and 250 mL or 1/8,1/4, 1/2 and full pints to a quart, 1/2 gallon and gallon!

See the RGH pigment identification chart here.

How to Tube Oil Paint

See Stapleton Kearns' Tubing Paint for a thorough tutorial.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Selfish Artist?

A question in a recent discussion on Art Biz Blog about whether being an artist is selfish got me thinking. 
Some said yes.  I disagree.
My response below:

"My ego is what tells me I'm being selfish doing my art.

My Divine Self guides me along the right path.

Self-fulfillment is different than ego-fullfillment.

Fulfilling the ego is selfish.

Fulfilling the Self is Self-full. "

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