An artist's journal.
Here you'll find my paintings and musings, where the featured subjects could likely cover just about anything.
The last three years I've been caring for my best buddy B during his courageous fight to live through cancer and it's complications. I'm tickled to report, he's getting better and I'm painting again.

Looking forward to a daily celebration of life's gifts by using the brightest, happiest colors in the box!


Visitors looking for 'B's Journey', click here.

How To Clean and Care for Your Acrylic Painting

CARING FOR YOUR ACRYLIC PAINTING ~ DO'S AND DON'TS

DON'T~
Do not allow any rigid object to press against the front or back surface of the stretched canvas as this could create permanent indentation damage. When storing or transferring, take care to protect the canvas surfaces from becoming dinged or dented.
If though, your canvas painting does get slightly stretched or dented in an area, sometimes spraying water on the back side ( the unpainted side) of the canvas can shrink the stretch/dent. It depends on how severe the indentation is. If unsure about doing this yourself, have a professional do it. 

DON'T EVER~ 
Do not attempt to clean the surface by using solvents or cleaning products OF ANY KIND!! Cleaning liquids may actually embed the dirt into the painting and cause permanent liquid lines over the surface. In fact, it is discouraged to use any liquid, including water, to clean the surface of your acrylic painting.

DO~ 
Do use compressed air in a can to blow away surface dust. Another technique involves using a dry soft sable brush to lightly brush the surface in order to dislodge dust while holding a vacuum, off the surface, to capture and remove debris. Use a delicate brush to gently remove surface dirt from your paintings. Be careful not to bump or scratch the painting. If the paint is damaged in any way, avoid dusting altogether. The back of the painting may be cleaned by vacuuming or brushing, after it is removed from the frame and placed on a clean surface. It is recommended to use a dust cover on the back of the painting to protect it from dirt.

DO~ 
Do seek out professional services if you find, after years of display, that cleaning with compressed air or a fine dry brush do not remove the dirt. Seek out professional services appropriate for the piece. Consider an experienced art conservator who will know the correct method due to their extensive training and experience. The risk of damage to the painting will be much less if it is cleaned by a reputable professional in the field of fine art conservation.

Acrylic paintings are a great choice! 
They are expected to have a longer life span than oil paintings, and are considered more resistant to aging. That is, they develop cracks less often than oil paintings and are more resistant to pressure. 

Original art is an investment not only valued monetarily. Your painting will be appreciated by future generations, not just by those who view it today.

The artist is not responsible for damage to the painting caused by improper display, cleaning or storage.
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"There are days when I feel I could've painted the Sistine Chapel and, then, there are the days when I'm not sure I could trace a stick figure.... the only difference between these days is my state of mind"~ Jenna Millward Corkill