Handling & Transporting Artwork

Most Plein Air painters use wet panel carriers because they are literally transporting artwork wet from the field. I recommend transporting artwork 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.

For transporting and handling large artwork, consider making a DIY Custom Artwork Carrier, here are the instructions.

Protect your Artwork from Dust

Dust on a painting, especially a freshly-varnished one, flares up when I photograph 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 strive to make the images of your art 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 artwork.

How Rossow Photography Handles 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, 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 let you know so you can touch it up if need be.

Recent Painting Photos

Marty's Pond In Spring-painting by Mary Pettis

Marty’s Pond In Spring

by Mary Pettis
Round Barn-painting by Sue Wipf

Round Barn

by Sue Wipf
Speak Low, Shanghai 38x52-painting by Paul Oxborough

Speak Low, Shanghai

by Paul Oxborough
Foothills Crossroad 12x24 painting by Carl Bretzke

Foothills Crossroad

by Carl Bretzke
Toward Denver (Lasater) painting by Joe Paquet

Toward Denver (Lasater)

by Joe Paquet
Superior Forest-painting by Mary Pettis

Superior Forest

by Mary Pettis
My Garden Peonies-painting by Sue Wipf

My Garden Peonies

by Sue Wipf
At Hanky Panky 34 x 44-painting by Paul Oxborough

At Hanky Panky

by Paul Oxborough
Pink Promise-Painting by Sue Wipf

Pink Promise

by Sue Wipf
Grandma's Favorites-painting by Mary Pettis

Grandma’s Favorites

by Mary Pettis
Trestle Shadow 28x40-painting by Joe Paquet

Trestle Shadow

by Joe Paquet
Bayside Park (Grand Marais Plein Air 2019) - Painting by Carl Bretzke

Bayside Park (Grand Marais Plein Air 2019)

by Carl Bretzke
Cafe by Painting by Paul Oxborough


by Paul Oxborough
Yellow Profusion Painting by Sue Wipf

Yellow Profusion

by Sue Wipf
Duluth Fog Company-Painting by Mary Pettis

Duluth Fog Company

by Mary Pettis
Rail-Stone-and-Steel-30x24-painting by Joe Paquet-200501

Rail, Stone and Steel

by Joe Paquet
Diner After Hours-Painting by-Carl Bretzke

Diner After Hours

by Carl Bretzke
Winter Crossing 11x14-Painting by-Mary McLean

Winter Crossing

by MaryMcLean
Glowing Superior Painting by Sue Wipf

Glowing Superior

by Sue Wipf
American Idol-Painting by-Patty Voje

American Idol

by Patty Voje