Storing oil pastel drawings

  • I was at the art gallery the other day (adding to my creative bank account 😊). There was an exhibit featuring the artwork from an illustrated book from the 1930s. The artwork was done in mixed medium such as pastel and gouache and I think acrylic. This exhibit is only on display once every 3 years and for no more than 3 months.

    I asked a tour guide why this was and I was told it was to protect the paintings. Climate controlled environment, etc.

    After I got home, I looked at the oil pastel paintings I have hanging on my wall since maybe 2005. I did apply fixative but other thank that, there’s no museum style climate control monitoring moisture, etc. 🙂 As far as I can tell, nothing happened to the drawings. Too soon as compared with the 1930s? Should I be taking museum style care of these paintings?

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    @danielerossi I think it really depends on the quality of materials you used. If you used archival quality, then I think you’re good to go. Of course there are also other factors to consider but I’m also not quite familiar. Lol

  • One of the biggest factors is sunlight. It does a lot of damage. If you want to preserve the drawing, storing it in a dark space is ideal. If there isn't a compelling reason to have the original displayed, it's best to make a copy to hang on the wall. The museum is doing a great job balancing sharing the work and preserving it, because I'm sure it was great to see the actual brushstrokes.

    I wrote a paper for framing pieces from a collection in an exhibit and that's the only thing I remember. 🙃 Well that and there's an art to creating a facsimile, which is what they would call a copy.

  • @carolinedrawing I guess I’m lucky that there isn’t much sunlight where the paintings are 🙂

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