Caring for your Original Oil Painting

Here are some rules and tips for taking care of your new oil painting. 

Canvas Paintings:

  • Never lean the painting on anything where the canvas, front or back, touches any object, especially corners or pointy objects. It will create a dent of stretched canvas that very likely will permanently disfigure your painting. Any time you lean the painting on something, make sure that only the wood frame contacts any object.
  • Dust your painting regularly but only with a soft brush. Cloth of any kind can catch on peaks in the paint and either damage the paint or leave behind bits of cloth that is surprisingly hard to get rid of. Never use any kind of Pledge-like products or soap and water.
  • Never use any kind of cleaning products to clean your painting. If something is spilled on it, or smoke damage, the best solution is to take it to a professional. Even water or damp cloth if used wrong could damage the painting.
  • Exposure to direct sunlight for long periods of time may fade the colors in your painting. Choose a spot to hang it that is not in direct sunlight.
  • Don’t hang in areas that can expose the painting to extreme heat or humidity, such as next to heaters or showers or in damp basements. 
  • If you must transport the artwork, wrap it in glassine (or wax paper if you must). Use a flat piece of cardboard ON TOP OF THE GLASSINE to provide flat protection against anything contacting the painting surface. Never let bubble wrap touch the painting directly. Store or transport your paintings upright, never flat. Don’t let solid objects touch the front or back of the canvas. Be careful with the corners also. 
  • When you hang the painting, make sure it is secure and that the hanging hardware can handle the weight. It’s best to hang a painting at eye level.
  • If your painting gets physically damaged such as dented, scratched, torn, take it to a professional to repair.
  • If you ever need or want to get rid of the work for any reason, always contact the artist, who should be informed of the work’s new whereabouts so he or she can update the artwork’s provenance records. Never, ever destroy or throw away an original work of art!!! If you absolutely can’t keep it for some reason, offer to give it back to the artist.
  • Please note that the artist will always retain copyright in the painting. This means that nobody except the artist can copy, reproduce or photograph the artwork for distribution or commercial gain without the prior consent of the artist.
  • Enjoy your work of art!

Paintings on boards:

  • The same rules apply to artist’s board paintings, but on boards, the most vulnerable physical part of the painting is the corners (besides the surface of the painting). Extreme care should be taken not to let the painting fall, be dropped, or be rested on the corners.
  • I highly recommend that any paintings on boards be framed so they are protected from damage.

Classic Car Commission

’39 Chevy

A while back I offered pet portraits to my friends and followers on Facebook, and became very busy painting pets. One friend of mine said his “baby” was his ’39 Chevy, not a dog or a cat and could I paint that! I took it on as my first car painting and you can see the results.
I found it a ton of fun to paint, but also a HUGE amount of detail and hard work getting it right. My favorite part to paint was the reflections in this amazing car with the perfect black paint job, which reflected everything around it.
The hardest part was, funny enough, the tire. The human eye can see symmetry extremely well and a circle or ellipse that is the tiniest fraction of a mm off, looks wrong. So a lot of care has to go into ellipses, which the tire contained 6 different ellipses and they all had to match.
I have a video timelapse of this painting on my youtube channel in the link below. Check it out. I still have to record the commentary, but at least you can see how it was painted.
Till next time!
Randy, “RR”

Hello Art Lovers and Friends!

My name is Randy Robinson AKA “RR” as in RR’s Art, this website. I am an artist. I always been an artist and I spent most of my childhood drawing. Then most of my adult life making computers do what my clients wanted them to do and painting as much as I could.

 I left the computer industry and started doing what I always wanted to do full-time – create art.

I have an awesome, supportive wife, an amazing professional artist coach, and at this writing, my wife and I are rarely leaving the house because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

I love chiaroscuro painting (basically, the effect of light and shadow on objects) and that is my primary ‘style.’ You can see examples in my paintings below. My goal in my artworks is to show the beauty of the common things we take for granted and to expose the extraordinary which exists even in the most mundane objects.

I also paint animal portraits, including wildlife, dogs, cats, reptiles, cows, lions and more, with the same goal to show their beauty and the extraordinary personality of God’s creatures. Stare into their eye and see if you don’t feel their personality

Today I had my weekly meeting with my art coach and he said, “You still don’t have a blog!? Get to work on one!” So here I am.

I hope to share some of the process of creating art with all my collectors and valued friends who might be interested.

Bye for now.