Saturday, October 29, 2011

Repair a rip with a patch?

I'm often asked about whether patching a rip, tear, hole or puncture in a canvas painting is a good way to correct the problem. I did a search on YouTube once and found an instructional video showing how to do it. BUT, in my 35 years of doing quality art/painting conservation on paintings on canvas I can tell you that almost always, a patch on a painting will cause problems and even cause more damage. I was abhorred, actually, at how many people had watched this video and there was no other voice telling the other side of the story. So, I made a video!

Well, the video has now been seen by lots of people and there are some interesting comments/questions that you will find interesting:

In my opinion, this is information/education that every collector should know. The questions that have been asked are very good too and show insight. This sharing is hoped to keep you from damaging paintings, save you money and protect your fine art investments.

If you like the video, please leave a comment/question! And please leave a THUMBS UP.

Art conservation questions? Call Scott M. Haskins 805 564 3438
Art appraisal questions? Call Richard Holgate 805 895 5121

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Need to get into the Halloween Mood?

For all of you wanting to get into the Halloween mood... Diana 

and I were in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico speaking at an 

international conference on Hurricane Preparedness (how to 

save your personal items, collectibles etc 

See and we happened to be there

 on their Day of the Dead weekend festivities. FUN! 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Estrada Court Murals

I'm looking forward to meeting with one of the artists of Estrada Court in Los Angeles today. We're going to discuss how I may be able to help with their efforts to preserve, protect and restore the murals. There are, I think, 54 murals in this public housing complex. The murals make for a very interesting/cool enhancement of the property. Here's a link to more info about the murals:

FYI, I often meet with people at no charge to discuss questions, problems and options for conservation treatments/restoration and consultation.

Question? Call Scott Haskins 805 564 3438
Art appraisal questions? Call Richard 805 895 5121

For more mural projects go to

For cool videos see YouTube channel "besartdoc" at

Please leave a comment or question.