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Why It Is Not The Best Time For Save Oil Drawing

In spite of what some artists claim, you cannot “save” your oil paintings by using an external paint medium. What is meant by this is that external paints and palettes can be used to extend the life of the painting but they do not create a work of art. Let me explain.

There are some things in life that are in fact “pasts”. For example, we can never forget about our childhood or how much we loved “My Pillow friend” from when we were kids. So when it comes time to look back on these “past times” how do we decide if it's better to click save or redo?

The answer is obvious – we accept what we see! We accept the fact that a painting might not be perfect and that there is always going to be an element of imperfection even if it's hidden behind a fancy background. What we don't accept however, is that we have no control over what happens with these works of art once we download them onto our computer. This is where things get problematic. When I say we accept things, what I mean is that we are able to accept that despite being digital, a painting still needs to be taken somewhere, hung up, and framed.

This brings up a very good question: where should you take these works of art if you want to preserve them for the long term? It seems logical that you would hang them out-of-doors where the natural environment doesn't affect them. This is completely false. Even in the most remote climates paintings will eventually begin to weather.

Paintings and sketches are, by nature, very thick and their protective oils will not penetrate very far into the substrate of the image. To complicate matters even more, there is a plentiful of different substrates out there. Some of them are more absorbent than others and some can actually accelerate the rate at which they weather. As an example, some types of woods are better absorbent than others such as walnut. On top of this, the type of tree and the humidity level in the air determine how fast a painting can deteriorate over time.

So what is the best way to protect your oil paintings during assignment? It's simple. The best way is to make sure you store them away from direct sunlight, heat, and any other source of unnecessary light. If you are painting outdoors during hot summer days I recommend hanging a big cover over the painting to keep it cool and prevent the sun from heating the canvas. The amount of light required to properly age a painting is staggering; it ranges from barely visible under direct sunlight to nearly blinding when exposed to intense daylight.

A similar problem occurs if you are storing your works of art indoors. Just like in a gallery, in order to properly protect them you must take a step back and eliminate all sources of direct light. Aloofness from other artists can be a good friend as well. You should have a buddy who will not only give you critiques but also critique your work without comment. This can be helpful because sometimes people who are not as skilled as you can over look your work especially when they notice something you may have missed if you had not forgo aloofness. You will end up with far more accomplished oil paintings if you remember to befriend the person you're working with.

Oil is a beautiful medium and as a consequence it can become quite expensive to maintain your works of art. Storing them in a proper acrylic container is essential to protecting them. Acrylic blocks come in a variety of shapes and sizes that can safely encase your acrylic paintings or portraits so that you can ensure they will remain pristine and glistening for years to come.

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