Author Archives: Holly Davis

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Rick Pas: Acrylic Nature Paintings

Rick Pas specializes in painting nature and wildlife, but his focus is on the abstract patterns and textures visible in nature, such as in the veins of a leaf or the tracery on a moth’s wing

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Plein Air Palettes

Feeling mischievous? Ask a group of painters what colors are best for a plein air palette—then sit back and enjoy the show! But, as Michael Chesley Johnson explains, there are some basic considerations when selecting a palette for painting en plein air.

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Lightfast Paint and Lightfastness Ratings

Please explain lightfast paint. To what degree are finished works in the various media (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel and so forth) affected by direct or indirect sunlight? Why does protective glass seem to be recommended more for some media than others?

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Cheng-Khee Chee Explains Asian Art Papers

Asian art papers—often called "rice papers"—are painting papers made in China, Japan and Korea for ink/brush painting. These papers are made from a great variety of plant fibers besides rice stalks. They come in various thicknesses and sizes, and have different degrees of absorbency.

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Painting Knife Techniques

If you’ve ever spread frosting on a cake, you have an idea of the textural possibilities when using a painting knife to create an oil painting. Deborah-Quinn Munson explains how you can achieve a variety of effects, from the sweeping strokes to refined details.