Handling & Transporting Your Art

How I Handle Artwork

I frequently handle wet or freshly-varnished paintings, many of my clients bring them to me to shoot them before a show or shipping them to galleries. Please let me know if your painting is still wet, is recently varnished or has thick impasto. I keep my studio clean and carefully handle your art while photographing it. If I know in advance, I will handle them from the sides and return them to their cases after shooting. If a painting is wet and by rare chance I get paint on my hands from even the side of the canvas I will tell you.

Transporting Your Artwork

Most Plein Air painters use wet panel carriers because they are literally transporting them wet from the field. I recommend transporting paintings to my studio in a wet panel carrier. It protects them from damage in your car (sudden stop) and keeps them clean. Also, be sure to clean out your cases from time to time with compressed air or simply washing them with water and placing them upside down to dry.

If you don’t have a wet panel carrier, placing artwork in a box with cloth or wax paper between pieces also works, but be careful if your artwork has thick impasto. Consider even an inexpensive cardboard carrier.

Dust

Dust on a painting, especially a freshly-varnished one, flares up when I light it. Frequently I carefully remove dust from dry paintings before I shoot them with a very low pressure air cleaner (the same kind photographers use to clean lenses). I want the images of your art to be as perfect as possible. I know that you as an artist see the paint, but please be mindful of what happens to your art after you complete it: varnish it in a clean setting, keep your art carriers clean to help me to accurately reproduce your image.

Recent Painting Photos

Above Eureka Springs 12x16--Carl Bretzke

Above Eureka Springs

by Carl Bretzke
Of the Land and the Sky--Sue Wipf

Of the Land and the Sky

by Sue Wipf
Sailboat-190506-Katharine Gotham

Sailboat

by Katharine Gotham
Met Museum Interior--Steve Levin

Met Museum Interior

by Steven Levin
Pondering Joy--Sue Wipf

Pondering Joy

by Sue Wipf
Big Harvest-Katharine Gotham

Big Harvest

by Katharine Gotham
Peck of Peppers

Peck of Peppers

by Katharine Gotham
Them Apples-Katharine Gotham

Them Apples

by Katharine Gotham
The Color in Greys 8x14-190303-Mary Pettis

The Color in Greys

by Mary Pettis
Cape Cod Boat 8x11-Mary McLean

Cape Cod Boat

by MaryMcLean
Whispering Place

Whispering Place I

by Mary Pettis
Man in Half Light by Steve Levin

Man in Half Light

by Steven Levin
Minnesota River Spring Panorama Tom McGregor

Minnesota River Spring Panorama

by Tom McGregor
Minnesota River Valley Panorama

Minnesota River Valley Panorama

by Tom McGregor
Golden Valley Tom McGregor

Golden Valley

by Tom McGregor

Between Heaven and Earth

by Tom McGregor
Prairie Requiem 28x40

Prairie Requiem

by Joe Paquet
South Beach Illumination 11x14

South Beach Illumination

by Carl Bretzke
South Beach Waldorf 12x16

South Beach Waldorf

by Carl Bretzke
Harbor Evening Clouds 12x16

Harbor Evening Clouds

by Carl Bretzke