The restoration of my watercolour Vision of Cathay by Marciano Baptista is in progress, and the conservator sent me this picture this morning. This process is time-consuming delicate work and includes paper conservation, mechanical removal of acidic backing, washing, deacidifying, treating discolouration, and retouching areas of previous treatment. (In other words, it ain't cheap to do; I have asked for a better focused image, which I hope will follow shortly to replace this one; perhaps "blurred vision" would have been more apt at this juncture.) We believe the picture was previously treated when it was last framed in New York, in the 1970s.
As well as this, I am changing the mounting, moving away from the blue and gold-lined French matting, whose colours were too similar to the hues of the picture itself. The glass is also being changed too, but more of that, and the frame, when it has been completed.