I have just installed a gallery-type hanging system in my place. It's great, I can switch art around easily and never put another nail in the wall. I have hung some pieces and also unearthed a huge pile of old art. I have a lot of old oil paintings and not sure what to do with them.
I found studies that were done years ago from my "Media of Art History" class (University of Guelph- undergrad). We had to choose an old master's work and reproduce it using their techniques.
Above, and on the left, is my reproduction of Pisanello's "Portrait of Princess." The original is on the right. It's an egg tempera painting using a traditional gesso which included rabbitskin glue. The paint is made from a powdered pigment with egg yolk added to it. Then it was painted with tiny brush in short, many layered strokes. Tedious but I recall I enjoyed doing it.
From the same class, my reproduction of Rembrandt's "Girl with Broom" (Rembrandt's painting at right) using an oil glaze method:
I have a pile of paintings, or more accurately, "studies" and have no idea what to do with it all. Here are some early "studies", all from live models, when I was studying oils/portraiture:
It's interesting seeing all this "old" art especially as it's a reminder of my past training, mostly classical techniques mixed with the not so classical. I feel lucky and happy that I was able to study art. Now I mainly draw cartoons (as I always did), and am more fond of bright colours, sketchy drawings than I am of realism.
One of the advantages of being digital is storing files takes much less room than big bulky canvases. Even though I rarely paint (I have gone back to pen and ink) and I love my Cintiq, I like knowing my box of paints is close by for whenever the spirit moves me.