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Alan Long’s watercolours and oil paintings are works of art that can remain as cherished possessions in your family for many years to come. There are a few steps you can take to avoid damaging the paintings and to keep them from any harm that caused by natural aging to an absolute minimum. Taking good care will make certain that the paintings remain as meaningful pieces of art for the enjoyment of you and future generations.

Perhaps the first thing to consider is where to place the paintings. Direct sunlight must be strictly avoided as the UV rays will fade the paint layer and over time may possibly crack it as well. The colours of your painting may also be darkened or faded in certain areas from exposure to direct sunlight.

High humidity and temperatures can also cause damages to paintings. All efforts should be taken to control the climate of a room where the paintings are stored or displayed.  In a relative humidity of over 70% mould will start to grow, which can damage the painting or weaken it, leaving it susceptible to future damage.

Temperature is also a factor and the ideal temperature for oil paintings is between 18 and 25 degrees.
Keep in mind those fluctuations in both temperature and humidity caused by air conditioners or heating systems being turned on and off by day or by night can be extremely damaging to oil paintings. Over time the paint film will naturally lose its elasticity, and the contracting and expanding caused by temperature and humidity fluctuations can lead to flaking and cracking. The frame too may be damaged by the rise and fall of the room climate.

Keep paintings away from areas where oily soot is in the air (near a kitchen) or there is a possibility of any type of accidental leakage occurring (i.e. pipes or air ducts).

Occasionally, if you need to clean the painting, a dry soft bristled brush can be used to brush off the dust on the painting; alternatively, you may vacuum the painting with the soft brush head that comes with the vacuum cleaner.  Never wash a painting with a moist cloth as this moisture can eventually leave a white film. Avoid dusting any areas of the painting that are flaking or coming separated from the canvas.

If your painting has got some kind of damage or if you want to apply any type of varnishing material to the painting, you should contact your local specialist for advice and service. I do not recommend using any solvent or lacquer on the oil painting, as any such substance can cause serious damage if applied incorrectly.

Alternatively, you can contact Alan Long the artist for after sales service.
I am sure that you will take good care of your long term investment in my precious works of art, and that they will continue to be the source of creative expression long into the future.

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