Welcome to the Conservation and  Best Practices section of the BLFA website.

Since first putting brush to canvas, Bryan has studied and worked to gain an understanding of what makes a painting last and stand the test of time. Cracking, peeling, flaking, discoloration, and separating from a canvas-backing are some of the terrible things that can happen to artwork as it ages or is moved from one location/climate to another. Today’s  more contemporary schools and teachers have not always stressed that construction of a piece of art can be integral to its long-term impact and value. (This is why studying with a reputable atelier can be so important.) Some artists have not given much thought to this either. The result is artwork that fades or cracks soon after creation, breaking the hearts of their owners (!!), and a commensurate loss in value. The goal for Bryan, and many other classically-trained atelier students these days, is to create works of art that will look as fresh and new as the day they were painted for hundreds of years. To read up on specific topics related to the craftsmanship of fine art, please see:

Also related,

  • A list of ateliers that teach in the classical tradition
  • Where I buy my paint and other materials


A New Commission

March 24th, 2017|0 Comments

For the past several weeks, I've had a really cool project in the works that I'm excited to finally be able to share. I was contacted by a gentleman who told me that the recently [...]

Starting a New Painting

February 1st, 2017|0 Comments

I love the subject of kids reading.  It is the perfect symbol of imagination.  My stockpile of reference material on the subject is huge.  So, whenever I find myself between projects or in negotiations for [...]

Preparing the panel for Icarus and Daedalus

January 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

The 120x60 inch Aluminum Composite panel for the Icarus/Daedalus commission is coming along nicely.  Here I'm applying the second of three coats of Rublev Lead Oil Ground over a first layer of DTM Bonding Primer. [...]

Transported: A Finished Painting

December 7th, 2016|1 Comment

I was able to get a light coat of varnish on this painting today. I opted for a satin finish, which I really like for these paintings done on Aluminum Composite panels. The blacks aren't as [...]