Tag: cleaning an oil painting removing smoke residue

Before and after: cleaning a dress

Before and after: cleaning a dress

The smoke residue was cleaned for the most part, but I decided not to restore her fully. Her face mainly her cheeks, still show some cracquele that I did not find troubling enough to restore. It did not meddle with her face in color or appearance to much. However, no one likes to see a powder blue shiffon dress looking as filthy as it did. That was in short the train of thought that led to this decision. The smoke that led to the yellow residue was leaving a trail as it were over the surface of the canvas. coming. Perhaps the painting was placed above a smoking chair or near a fire place. After intensive cleaning some retouching, the painting looks fresh again. It was framed in a new frame and the piece is up for sale on Etsy.