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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

Jane Grant-Abban painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - One Day I'll Be A Cowgirl 30x24

One Day I’ll Be A Cowgirl

by Jane Grant-Abban
James Vose painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - Wallflowers No. 7

Wallflowers No. 7

by James Vose
Louise Gillis painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - Felicity

Felicity

by Louise Gillis
Steve Levin painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - Floating Books and Butterflies

Floating Books and Butterflies

by Steven J. Levin
Joe Paquet painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - Billowing Cumulus 8x12

Billowing Cumulus

by Joe Paquet
Edward Bock painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - Shape Shifting 13782022

Shape Shifting 1378

by Edward Bock
Mary McLean painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - Snowy Neighborhood Street

Saint Paul Neighborhood Winter

by MaryMcLean
Paul Oxborough painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - Freddy’s Bar

Freddy’s Bar

by Paul Oxborough
Mary Pettis painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - Field Road and Meadowlarks 24x32

Field Road and Meadowlarks

by Mary Pettis
Cheryl LeClair-Sommer painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - Young Love Mary and Gordie

Young Love Mary and Gordie

by Cheryl LeClair Sommer
Carl Cedegren painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - Autumn, Big Marine Reserve 36x48

Autumn, Big Marine Reserve

by Carl Cedegren
James Vose painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - Quiness at the Shore

Quiness at the Shore

by James Vose
Carl Bretzke painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - Golden Horizon Above Avalon

Golden Horizon Above Avalon

by Carl Bretzke
Hannah Heyer painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - Anticipation

Anticipation

by Hannah Heyer
Joe Paquet painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - New Day, Avalon 8x12

New Day, Avalon

by Joe Paquet
Jane Grant-Abban painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - One Day I'll Be A Famous Artist ‐ Canvas ‐ 20 x 20

One Day I’ll Be A Famous Artist

by Jane Grant-Abban
Kevin Komadina painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - City Lights

City Lights

by Kevin Komadina
Sharon Stadther painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - The Breeze

The Breeze

by Sharon Stadther
Dan Olson painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - Birch At Artist Point

Birch At Artist Point

by Dan Olson
Steve Levin painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - Books and Butterflies 9

Books and Butterflies 9

by Steven J. Levin
Mary Pettis painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - Winter Sun at the Mill Site 24 x 34

Winter Sun at the Mill Site

by Mary Pettis
Abbey Fitzgerald painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - Shining Down

Shining Down

by Abbey Fitzgerald
Paul Oxborough painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - At the Hassler Bar 36x38

At the Hassler Bar

by Paul Oxborough
Johanna Lerwick painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - Bobcat

Bobcat

by Johanna Lerwick
Edward Bock painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - The House Where I Used To Live 13982023

The House Where I Used To Live

by Edward Bock
Louise Gillis painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - Spring White Blossoming Trees

Spring Blossoming Trees

by Louise Gillis
John Wegner painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - William-Adolphe Bouguereau Study

William-Adolphe Bouguereau

by John Wegner
Mary McLean painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - Blue Bed

Blue Bed

by MaryMcLean
Andy Sjodin painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - Three Objects

Three Objects

by Andrew Sjodin
Reflections by Megan painting photographed by Mitch Rossow - Norman The Narwhal

Norman The Narwhal

by Reflections by Megan

DIY Custom Transporting Artwork Carrier

Here is how to make a simple, inexpensive carrying case for transporting and handling artwork.

Materials you will need.

  • Reflectix Double Reflective Insulation Roll. Available at most home stores like Home Depot and on Amazon. It’s very affordable ranging from $10-$50 depending on size.
  • Wide Gorilla tape or a strong duct tape
  • Straight edge
  • Sharp knife
  • Tape measure
Reflectix Double Reflective Insulation Rolls

Step 1 – Measure & cut Reflectix

The width of the Reflectix should be the long edge of the artwork plus 6 inches.

The height should be twice the height of the short edge plus 12 inches.

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Step 2 – Fold the Reflectix

Fold the Reflectix in half so with back end 6-inches longer than the front.

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Step 3 – Tape together

Use the Gorilla or duct tape to tape the pocket together. The tape should be the length of the seam. Put tape on both the inside and outside of the pocket. No sticky-side of the tape should be exposed. You could reenforce the bottom with a layer of tape too.

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Step 4 – Fold the top flap down

The top end of the back side folds forward to seal the artwork inside.

DIY Custom Transporting Artwork Carrier

Step 5 – Sealing the artwork inside

Use a less-sticky tape to seal the carrier. When you tape the carrier closed, fold half an inch of the tape edge over so the tape can be easily pulled up. This makes opening the carrier much easier.

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