Website Redesigned!

 

I thought I was done! Never imagined myself redesigning my website every year.

Thankfully, I enjoy the creative process, but it is a lot of work.

My purpose of updating the Awapara.com website, or this blog for that matter, is to make it easier to navigate, appealing to the eye and friendly. I hope to improve with each change. However, I am not sure if I am making any progress or accomplishing this task without feedback. Although, my family gave me their opinion “They all love it”, we all know it, they cannot help to be bias.

I would love to hear from you. Your feedback will be much appreciated.

Keep in mind the three goals I mentioned above when browsing the site.

Friday hugs to all🙂❤

How to Care for your Paintings.

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Caring for your painting may involve a bit more than first imagined, but there is hope for us regular folks.

I don’t want to freak you out, but experts say that the first thing to consider is the environment and to hang the artwork in a clean, dust free space.

I’m sure we would like dust-free homes, but unless we leave in a space shuttle, dust-free is an impossible task. Much less if your home is cozy with blankets laying around and pets giving you unconditional love.

Wikipedia states:  “Dust in homes, offices, and other human environments contains small amounts of plant pollen, human and animal hairs, textile fibers, paper fibers, minerals from outdoor soil, human skin cells, burnt meteorite particles [talking about space!!!! who would have thought?] and many other materials which may be found in the local environment.”

If you have a room dedicated to your collection of artwork, dust could be minimized by keeping furniture and furnishings to a minimum, with no carpet  in a cool medium humidity controlled room. To go further, avoid having pets, drapes and windows; for seating get a leather sofa or wood chairs.

For us, the cozy living, pet friendly and plant lovers is not a realistic situation. Most of us buy art to hang it in our living rooms, bedrooms and even kitchens. I know this sounds a bit discouraging, but I wanted you to be informed. Besides, I have paintings all over my home and they look amazing after many decades. There is nothing to worry about. However, it is good to know the basics.

If your painting ever requires cleaning, I say, leave it to the professionals! However, here’s some of the advice given by conservators and curators on how to care for your painting:

  • Remove watches or jewelry before handling the painting to avoid scratching the surface.
  • Carry the painting with two hands, holding it from the sides or back stretchers to minimize contact.
  • Hang paintings from studs and get proper wall hooks that will resist the weight.
  • Do not use water, harsh liquids or cloths to remove dirt or grim. It will probably destroy the  pigments and make your colors look dull.
  • Keep your paintings at room temperature and avoid direct sunlight. Temperatures above 140F (60 C) will make the paint soft and attract dirt.
  • Take advantage of new technology and use led light fixtures to showcase your artwork.
  • Do not lay or press the canvas on rigid or pointy objects as this will permanently create an indentation or may cut the canvas.
  • You may frame your painting behind glass to keep out dust and dirt.
  • Use compressed air to blow away surface dust. If this isn’t enough, it would be better handled by the professionals and to leave the cleaning to someone who has experience in the matter.

I hope this information has not discourage you to grow your collection or start a new one. Art is an investment, but also something that gives us much joy. In my experience, as long as you follow the recommendations listed above, your paintings should last for many generations, even in a not so dust-free environment.

 

How to Package Artwork Makes all the Difference

One way to impress my online customers, besides accurate representation of my artwork, is to package the artwork with the most care.

Implementing this practices will be beneficial for the collector as well as for your business.

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