Heirloom horses

One of my favorite projects to tackle is a good image restoration. It is so rewarding to bring a photo or a piece of art back to life! This early airbrush rendering was a family heirloom dating back to the beginning of the last century. The “paint distributor” (as the airbrush was known at the time of this piece), was developed in 1878, by Abner Peeler “for the painting of watercolors and other artistic purposes.” Unfortunately, this piece had been painted on a fragile paper, which had succumbed to years of exposure to light and air. The piece was too fragile to remove from the frame for scanning, and so we photographed it and retouched the resulting digital file. This enabled us to return the original to be safely stored away. When retouching was finished, the file was sent out for printing on a fine, acid-free watercolor paper (Rives BFK), ensuring that this favorite family image will last for many years to come!

Horses - Before

Horses - After