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liz

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on: October 26, 2018, 05:05:32 PM
This is a very old oil painting over 50 years old, my first original seascape.  I ‘recovered’ it from a family members garage.

I saw the You Tube video re cleaning a painting and want to know if I can use a small vacuum brush on low power to get off the dust.  Then proceed with the cleaning process.  The painting looks quite faded in some parts so can I work it over with color glazes? Do I need to lightly oil it first? If so what kind of oil?  Thank you!  -Liz
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Reply #1 on: October 26, 2018, 05:52:12 PM
Liz,

So happy you recovered your painting.  It's still beautiful.

Sorry, though, I have no experience in cleaning an oil painting. Hope Nolan can help on this.

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Reply #2 on: October 26, 2018, 11:42:39 PM
 :thankyou: MAL,
My husband had me get out once a week when my two kids were babies at 23 months apart so I wouldn’t talk baby talk.  I studied once a week with two European artists at the YWCA on Richards St. then McKinley Adult Community School.  Total maybe 1 1/2 years of art lessons. I must have learned something... But afterwards did no art until I found PB in 2012.  My son is 55 and daughter is 53 this year. This is one of 5 large paintings (only) I have remaining; two small ones got lost in moving to the city 15 years ago.  I hope to ‘save’ this old painting.  :) ~Liz


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Reply #3 on: October 27, 2018, 01:42:36 PM
I can not help either, but think this is great that you have this painting back.  It is well done.  Also I am happy that you have found PB and returned to your art. :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #4 on: October 28, 2018, 06:51:18 PM
Liz, I did occasional restoration work in my studio in South Africa. Normally it is a specialized work and has to be very carefully done specially if the painting is valuable or precious to the owner. As a start what I suggest you do is remove the panel from the frame. If it was framed properly you should be able to see some of the original colour that was protected by the frame recess.
Dust and grime will be embedded from so many years and will not be able to be removed with vacuum cleaning. Were the previous owners cigarette smokers? If so, then there will be a nicotine layer that will have to be removed separately. More about that later.

Initial cleaning: Have some lukewarm water and lots of clean lint-free cloth. Cut them into 4" squares for easier handling and disposal. Add a few drops of liquid detergent to the water - approx 5 to a liter of water. Damp the cloth but not dripping wet. Place the painting on an old towel as a precaution to soak up accidentally spilled water from ruining the underside of the canvas panel. Clean a small section first, say at the bottom left corner.


IMPORTANT: Do one small wipe. Check the cloth to see if dirt has been picked up. If so, then use another clean section of the cloth. Once you have made a wipe ALWAYS use a clean section. Also wipe away from the cleaned portions. Wipe and turn, wipe and turn, wipe and turn ::) Do this check first and then come back to me  O0
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Reply #5 on: October 29, 2018, 05:42:37 PM
 :thankyou: DENNIS, I will do exactly as you say and report the results as I proceed with the restoring process.  I should be able to start by late this week as I am staying with my younger sister at her house for a few days.  Her husband passed away a week ago; he was 83 and died suddenly of illness; her grown children just returned to the mainland U.S.


Appreciate all that you do for PB members, Dennis (and Nolan), in our art pursuits.


 :flowers: :flowers: :flowers: ~Liz


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Reply #6 on: October 29, 2018, 06:29:51 PM
Oh, Liz, so sorry to hear about your brother-in-law.  Sad.

Sincerest condolences,

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Reply #7 on: October 29, 2018, 06:54:20 PM
Liz, my condolences on the sudden passing of your brother in law.  Life is so fragile. 


Hope that you are successful in cleaning your beautiful piece of art. It was so well done and very fortunate that you were able to retrieve it.


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Reply #8 on: October 29, 2018, 07:33:06 PM
Sorry to hear :'( :flowers:


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Reply #9 on: October 29, 2018, 08:33:35 PM
Please accept and forward our condolences :flowers:
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Reply #10 on: November 01, 2018, 05:52:14 PM
I'm so sad to read of the loss of your brother in law, Liz. May his memory always be a blessing to you and your family.

And I'm so impressed with your painting! Can't wait to see the "after" view when you clean it up (although I think it looks really good as is!)
Cheers,
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Reply #11 on: November 22, 2018, 12:00:12 AM
Sorry to hear of your troubles Liz. Your sister is so fortunate to have you nearby. Condolences to you and yours.
Best of luck with cleaning your painting, I'll bet it looks a real treat when done.  :gl2:


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Reply #12 on: November 28, 2018, 12:05:28 AM
DENNIS, the painting was cleaned as you instructed.  There was very little dust on it; a bit of the yellow paint in the rock area came out.  What is the next step?


I really need to continue my art work for therapy.  Since I last posted, a second brother-in-law, my husband’s youngest brother passed away at age 69 from health issues; his memorial is tomorrow.  Very sad time for both sides of our families, my younger sister and my husband’s sister-in-law, and for their children who are our grown nephews and nieces and their families.  God’s grace is sufficient as we look to our ‘blessed hope’ and eternity with the Lord. ~Liz


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Reply #13 on: November 28, 2018, 12:53:17 AM
My condolences.
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Reply #14 on: November 28, 2018, 01:06:37 AM
Oh, Liz, so sorry to hear that.  That's more sorrow than one can imagine,

Sincerest condolences to both sides of the family.

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