This is a Giclee of the original watercolor, YES 7 x 5 inches. The image is printed at such a high resolution the shadows in the burnt places apear to be present. I created the burnt areas with a small blow-torch.
Care of watercolor paintings.
In general artwork done on paper or paper product should always be framed with archival materials and behiend clear glass, or acrylic sheeting to protect it from the acidity of city air.
Care of Paintings
Preferred places to hang or store framed objects.
Keep out of direct sunlight or any intense light source.
Keep away from working fireplaces or radiators
Keep away from intake or outtake vents.
Hang on interior walls. Exterior walls can have temperature extremes or moisture.
Keep out of attics, basements, or any other areas prone to environmental extremes.
Keep off the floor.
Never clean the surface of any artwork with any home or industrial cleaners. If the work is in need of cleaning, take it to a professional.
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