"An untidy garden is an artist's dream . . . ." Jeanne Illenye 2009
As I begin to catch up on my commissioned paintings of both still lifes and pet portraits as well as my artistic charitable donations, I will finally be able to begin exploration into my personal painting goals,
2009 . . . A Year of Flowers
When one has the heart and sympathy of both an artist and gardener, the results are that of an untidy garden . . . which offers the most uniquely beautiful images for painting. Watch as I finally begin my foray outdoors and temporarily abandon my still lifes to bring you some botanical and garden paintings while the season is in her fullest burst of song proudly exhibiting her most voluptuous blooms!
Watch as my garden sings and my brush joins the chorus!-- Jeanne Illenye
Dust Covers: Brown paper dust covers that are commonly placed over the backs of framed paintings are not recommended for oil paintings on linen or canvas cotton duck mounted on stretcher bars as this can trap moisture and cause decay. Many frame shops insist on adding dust covers for cosmetic reasons and are ignorant of the potential harm so be sure to advise them.
Varnish: Traditionally, oil paintings are varnished with a significant brush application six months after the painting is complete. This heavier varnish application will naturally darken with time and can be professionally removed in 50-100 years for a re-application. However, as I personally paint with such fine, thin glazes it is safe for my paintings to receive a light spray coat of gloss varnish for protection prior to shipment.
Lighting: Oil paintings should not be placed in direct sunlight. When illuminating your oil painting with a frame mounted picture light, be sure the wattage is lower than recommended as the heat expelled from such close, intense light can be drying and cause crazing in time.
No Cleaners: Only a light dry dusting is necessary periodically. Never use any cleaning agents, even on a varnished painting.
Stretched Canvas/Linen: For paintings on canvas or linen mounted on wooden stretchers, sagging can occur. What I recommend at first is to dampen a paper towel and very gently moisten the back of the painting and let air dry. If the sagging persists, it is easily remedied by the use of shims inserted and tapped into the corners of the stretcher frame. For all my paintings on canvas, I use archival quality products which come prestretched to the proper tension and have notches carved into each side of the corners to receive these shims comfortably, if necessary.
Masonite: Oil paintings on masonite panels that have been proefssionally primed, as mine are by archival quality standards, will last for generations with proper care as listed herein. If, however, your painting will be displayed in a setting with high humidity and volatile atmospheric changes such as a coastal region, it is often recommended for larger paintings, that they be on stretched canvas or linen in order to maintain maximum flexibility.
With proper care, your oil paintings can be enjoyed for generations. CLICK HERE for more information on general care and professional conservation of your oil paintings and frames.