You might remember last year when we told you about the mesmerizing video from Chicago Aussie highlighting a local painting conservator. Baumgartner Fine Art Restoration, the subject of the video, now has its own YouTube channel, and it’s just as good as your favorite ASMR. In fact, they typically upload two videos for each restoration, one with narration explaining the process and one with only ambient of the same painting. If you’ve been bingeing Bob Ross episodes when you need a moment away from the rest of the world to get lost in art, this is the YouTube channel you’ve been looking for.
Thanks to Julian Baumgartner of Baumgartner Fine Art Restoration, you’ll soon feel like an expert in fine art restoration. You’ll start telling your friends, “I prefer steel tacks to staples in the art restoration process,” a thought that has never crossed your mind until now.
From a painting glued haphazardly on wood backing to a stunning but crumbling portrait of Ave Maria nestled behind closed doors, each portrait and restoration has a personality of its own. Combined with Baumgartner’s steady hands and experienced, detailed narration, you’ll get a much needed breather and feel like you’re in his brightly lit, well-organized workspace yourself.
If you find yourself hooked, you can also follow the restoration studio on Instagram to get even more peeks into the process, complete with all the ambient relaxing sounds you need.
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Sometimes a bit of elbow grease is needed. Once the polyurethane has been softened it becomes gooey and sticky and the only way to remove it is to rub it and allow the small bits to help lift up other bits and so on. There’s nothing fun or exciting about this and it involves some very nasty chemicals, respirators, active ventilation and lots of callouses. So for every glamorous and exciting project there’s one like this. . . . #artrestoration #artconservation #restoration #conservation #art #fineart #painting #canvas #oilpaint #chicago #paintingconservation #arthistory #paintingrestoration #bfar
What do you watch when it’s time to unwind? Share your favorite ideas in the comments.
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