This week I’ve been varnishing old and new paintings. It’s an art from in-and-of itself and to do it right requires knowledge, good tools and nerves of steel. Oh and a dust free environment! A challenge with a wood stove and a dog!
Varnishing is like putting glass over the art, it protects the oil painting and can be removed to clean up the painting years from now. Unfortunately all varnish has some degree of glare (just like glass) and that is always my challenge to create an even coat that is thin enough to avoid glare and yet protect the piece.