Protect Artwork from Direct Sun
#1 Do not hang artwork in direct sunlight. Be sure there is never any direct sunlight on your painting at any point during the day. Sunlight has a strong bleaching effect on pigments and dyes. Indirect or reflected daylight is less harmful than direct sun. Acrylic and oil paintings on canvas are not as vulnerable as paintings on paper, but their colors will fade if exposed to strong or continuous sunlight. The most sensitive works of art are watercolor paintings and prints which will fade over time even if they are under UV protected glass. While some fading or color change is not uncommon and is not easily noticed, over time it may become significant and cannot be reversed.
Temperature & Humidity
Do not place artworks in places with widely changing temperature or humidity such as entry ways in humid or extreme climates or in shower rooms. Exposure to humidity can cause the paint to crack or chip and the wood framing elements to warp. Try to avoid hanging directly over heat sources. Avoid exposure to heavy smoke or fumes from cigarettes or fireplaces.
Handling & Moving Artwork
Do not touch the surface with bare hands. Do not lean your paintings against anything that would push against the canvas (like a furniture corner), because it can create a dent in the canvas. Tears, holes, scratches and dents are most likely to happen when your painting is off the wall. If you plan ahead when moving your paintings, these types of damage can usually be avoided. Make sure that you have somewhere to put your painting before you remove it from the wall. When a painting is off the wall, it should rest face out against a clear wall, away from doorways, furniture and passing people. When carrying your painting, hold it facing your body and use both hands, one to hold the edge and the other to support it from beneath. Do not carry by the wire on back. Paintings with glass or ornate frames can be heavy--assess whether you need two people before embarking on the move.
Cleaning & Repair
As with all objects in your home, paintings will collect dust and dirt. However, paintings rarely need to be cleaned. You can lightly dust your oil and acrylic paintings with a clean, dry, soft, lint-free cloth or brush. If your painting is under glass, the glass will need cleaning from time to time. To avoid drips into the frame, always spray glass cleaner onto a cleaning cloth, not directly onto the glass. The use of backboards or backing paper is recommended as a conservation measure to protect against the accumulation of dust and dirt, as well as against knocks and accidental damage. Cleaning the surface or repairing damage on a painting is best left to a professional conservator. Please contact Caravan Galleries for specific advice concerning damage repairs to artwork by Dr. Eyad Al-Masri.
Modern and contemporary paintings work well with simple frames. A great option is to use a floater frame: the frame looks like an open box and the painting sits (or appears to float) inside of it with some space between the painting’s edges and the frame. Some paintings have wrapped edges that are either painted or left white. They can hang on a wall without a frame. Some artwork is self-framed in design by the artist. Traditional paintings look best with classic wood frames which come in many styles and colors. Choose one that will enhance the color and composition of the work. When shopping for a frame, take the painting with you if possible (remember to plan for safe handling/moving). The framer will be able to show you many different options of frame molding, mats and filets. Remember that artworks on paper must to be framed with an archivally in an acid-free mat and put under UV coated glass.
Hanging & Displaying Artwork
As a general rule of thumb, the center of the artwork should be at the average person’s eye level, which is about 56” from the floor. Many times paintings are hung too high on the wall; always measure to ensure your artwork will be displayed at the right height—about 56” from the floor to the middle of the painting.
Original Paintings, Prints & Reproductions--What's the Difference?
An original painting is a unique creation, meaning there is only one available, so only one person in the world can own it. Printmaking includes different processes: the major categories are relief printing, intaglio, lithography, and screen printing. If the artwork was printed from a surface the artist himself worked on, it is an original print. Printed copies of original artworks are reproductions. Confusion sometimes results due to the fact that original prints and reproductions are both printed. Original prints, being original artworks themselves, are worth a lot more than reproductions of original artworks. In fact, in terms of art collecting, reproductions are basically worthless. An original painting by Picasso may be worth millions; an original print would be worth thousands; a reproduction of one of his artworks isn’t worth any more than its sale price. Since they are not originals, reproductions wouldn’t be considered part of an art collection. Giclees are basically just posters but with today’s technology the print can be of a very high quality with colors and textures close to the original painting - they are created by digitally scanning the painting and then printing that image (using a special inkjet printer) onto a canvas or paper. They are a popular choice with interior decorators for use in hotels, etc. where there is a need to decorate many walls on a limited budget.
How can I see the Artwork?
When in the Athens, GA area, call 706.818.5040 for an appointment to visit Caravan Galleries and view the artwork.
What are the prices?
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What are the Shipping Costs?
Price of artwork does not include shipping. We use certified international shippers for shipping needs and will choose the shipper with the best price to your location. Shipping costs include packaging, crating and insurance. Prices vary depending on size, weight and destination. Please contact us via email for shipping cost estimate.
What is your Return Policy?
We offer 100% satisfaction guarantee. If for any reason you’re not completely satisfied, we will gladly accept a return for exchange or for refund (less shipping), provided the item is returned in original condition within thirty (30) days from date of delivery.