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Frame the original paintings to retain their beauty

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

The very next step after buying original oil paintings from an online art gallery or traditional shop is to get it framed. An original painting needs to be framed properly before you can hang it on the wall of your home or office. Moreover a beautiful frame will make the original painting look even more appealing.

Without a frame, a painting looks like a book without cover. Until you frame the original painting in a good and strong frame, it will be really tough to maintain its beauty. Moreover dust and other foreign particles will get pasted on the surface where paint has been applied.

If you are not willing to spend too much money on hiring a conservator to take care of your original paintings on a regular basis, at least have them properly framed.

Ideally, the frame to hold the priceless original oil paintings must have mending plates that are attached to the frame with screws. Preferably, use brass mending plates as they can be adjusted and make sure there is light pressure on the back of the stretcher or strainer.

Avoid using frames with nails since nails can rust, fall out, or protrude through the canvas. It is better to ask the framer to pad the part of the frame that touches the face of the painting to provide adequate protection to the painted surface.

Last but not the least, always choose a frame that fits the dimensions of the painting perfectly.

How to Preserve an Original Oil Painting

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Buying an original oil painting is easier than preserving it intact for years to come. If you have bought an original painting either from an art gallery or an online art gallery, you need to take some essential tips in learning how to preserve it well so that it remains like its original self for a long time.

If you know how to preserve an original oil painting, it is not all that difficult a thing to do. Here are some easy steps you can take to preserve your original painting:

  • Fluctuating room temperature can ruin the oil painting completely. Hence hang it in a room where the temperature is normal – neither too hot nor too humid.
  • Pay attention to the back of the painting too. Regularly clean its back by using vacuum cleaner or soft brushes.
  • Any type of smoke be it from a cigarette, small little candle or fire, can destroy the painting. Hence, the room where you choose to display the painting shouldn’t have a fireplace. And don’t ever let the smokers puff cigarettes near the painting.

The simplest thing you can do to preserve your original oil painting is to clean it regularly and keep it away from dust. Never use any rough piece of cloth for cleaning it. Always clean the painting with soft brushes, moist cotton wool or soft micro fibre cloth.

4 Points to Know Before Buying Original Paintings

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Paintings are expressive and meaningful. And for every art lover, possessing a good collection of original paintings is a dream. Buying art is an investment. A painting by a young painter which you may have bought purely on instinct may turn out to be a prized possession in later years if the painter becomes famous and a collector’s favorite. Therefore, choose original paintings on the basis of what appeals to you and what looks good in your home. Here are some useful tips to help you select good, original paintings:

Decor
While buying a painting, keep in mind the décor of the room in which you are going to put up the painting. Choose a style which matches well with your living room or bedroom. If your room is stuffed with a lot of furniture items then it is best to go for a simple design, without too much clutter or complexity. And if the room is modest then pick up a painting which has got some action to it. Whether you wish to put it up in the living room or your bedroom, in the end it should complement the entire décor of the room and not look out of place.

Size
The size of the painting should complement the entire room. If you like a large painting, make sure it does not look disproportionate in your living room. On the other hand, if you have a spacious living room, then putting up a small painting will be pointless because the painting would be lost among the other furniture items. Choose the painting keeping in mind the size of the room you plan to put it in.

Reflect your personality
A painting should be a reflection of your inner personality and the person you are from the core. You can browse online art galleries which contain some of the most amazing artworks. Check them out and you will surely find something which suits your taste be it African, European or American painting.

Painting to gel with the wall
The painting should blend perfectly with the wall on which it is put up also and not just with the room. If the wall is dark-colored, then a painting with light shades would look great. And if the color of the wall is of a lighter shade, then go for a deep-colored painting. In case you adore a light shade painting and your wall is light too, then get the wall painted in a dark color. Or an easier option would be to frame it in a dark wood frame. But never, ever let go of an original painting you like. You might not find it again.