Yesterday my mother handed me a canvas of my grandmother's - a lovely landscape painted in 1948. Poorly stored, it needs a small bit of repair or restoration. Working in watercolor, I am at a loss as to how to best approach this.
The support is stretched canvas - cotton I assume -- and is 16 x 20.
My search for "restoration" led me to these threads, which help, but I think I need more direction. Any advice would be much appreciated.
old canvass I restored
What I am understanding is that I
- can start with a gentle cleaning with good old soap and water
- need to use turpentine to test if there is old varnish, and if so to gently remove it and then replace it
There is one small spot -- about 1" x 1/4 " -- where the paint has been rubbed off. It is noticable, and I would like to repaint. I feel confident about my ability to carefully match the palette and technique. BUT I do not know what paint to buy. Suggestions? Here is a quick look via my scanner:
There is also some cracking -- just 4 long lines. Not sure if it was the way it was handled / stored or simply aging. I assume that I should just leave these cracks be.
Many thanks for your help!