Paintings from Sunset Series by Spence Munsinger, Color Field + Blank White Canvas + Realism + Contemporary Abstract Art, original paintings for sale

The Art we look at is made by only a select few.
A small group create, promote, purchase, exhibit and decide the success of Art.
Only a few hundred people in the world have any real say.
When you go to an Art gallery
you are simply a tourist looking at the trophy cabinet of a few millionaires…"

Archives for June 2010

archival varnish, matte…

I’ve been using Soluvar, a matte oil-based removable varnish on my work and I’ve been very happy with the results. Except – except for the fumes…


The stuff is nasty to breath around. The VOC’s are intense and it requires both tolerance from the people around it and a very large fan (Patton Air Circulators rule).


I’m trying a Windsor-Newton Acrylic Matte varnish, to see if that will get me enough protection for an acrylic painting, and leave in the color saturation and crispness I was getting from the solvent based products. This would NOT work for oils, but oils are also less permeable and susceptible to dust becoming immersed in the paint over time.

I’ve been using a Golden Acrylics data sheet to determine how to protect acrylic paintings over long periods of time. I use a half matte acrylic medium and half water solution in two coatsd to isolate the paint – to put a colorless barrier between conservation materials (varnish, wax, etc.) and the painting itself. On top of that I apply varnish – if the Windsor-Newton product can seal, stay clear and isolate the acrylic from incorporating dirt, and on top of that not smell so goddawful, that would be wonderful. We’ll see.