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Zinnie, picture cleaning instructions
January 28, 2004
4:18 pm
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Hi Zinnie, I went to conservation this afternoon and asked about cleaning the picture.
It seems we dont have an oil conservator, (how could I not know that I've only been there twenty four years!?) but the paper conservator's boyfriend does oils, so she gave me a bit of advice. - You wont believe what she told me!

Take the pic out of the frame and make sure there are no flaking bits or damage, which would render the paint vulnerable (so far so good)
Then - get some cotton buds I think they're also called Q-tips - and clean in a circular motion small areas at a time, using - wait for it - saliva. Yes, I'm not kidding, hon, just spit into a basin and away you go.

She said it was very good for a simple cleaning job. But you have to be careful not to leave an 'edge' when you clean small areas and then leave it for a while, so what she said was that you should always take the cleaniung to the edge of an area of colour, or object, on the canvas, i.e. up to the edge of a cloud, or something, so that if there is an edge it wont show.
Start at the edge of the canvas to see how it goes.

She asked me where you lived, but I couldn't tell her, I thought you mentioned Texas somewhen: She used to work in a museum in Texas and knows other people in the business there, (museum conservators are a rare breed, they seem to know one another) she said they would be helpful.

She said if you get stuck and want more information, tell me which is your nearest museum and maybe she could give me a name of the person to contact.

Hope that is a bit helpful,

Cheers, K

January 28, 2004
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Hi Kessie,

Thank you so much! Wondering if I could just take the painting down and let the little red LOUD dog lick it clean then? One of his endearing traits... he has a tongue far to big for the rest of him.

The closed museum would be the Dallas Museum of Art.

Oh... I'm excited to try this. Will this really clean off the years of all the gas and smoke residue? I'm hoping.

Thank you so much Kessie.

Love,

Zinnie

January 28, 2004
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LOUD's tongue might be a bit rough!
I'll ask my friend if she knows Dallas. Best of luck.
K

February 13, 2004
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I didnt forget! I asked about Dallas on Wednesday, but she didnt know anyone off hand - she said that she would have a think which was the nearest place for you and get back to me.
Cheers, K

February 13, 2004
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Thanks Kess!

How is the lovely Rosa? I read that Boland now has her dressed as a mermaid riding around in a wheelchair?

See what happens?

Love,

Zinnie

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