Posted by: Kate
First of all, let me compliment your good taste. Secondly, please get in touch with me to arrange varnishing. The above picture shows the difference between the painting's current, sunken-in appearance and what it will look like once varnished.
For taking photos of works that haven't been varnished yet, Dave and I usually saturate the surface of the dry painting with essential oil of petroleum. That "oils in" the surface but without adding a layer of oil. The essential oil of petroleum evaporates and leaves the surface of the painting unchanged, but for a few minutes I can see the painting as it will look with the varnish coat applied. The next time Dave and I do this for a photo shoot we'll post some pictures of how to do it.