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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.

Redwings & Yellowthroat (triptych; oil, each panel 24x24)

Your Art Career | Posterity versus Prosperity

There is an unrelenting sentiment among some artists, collectors, and critics that making money from making art robs the “artiste” of the purity of making art for art’s sake. Those who think this way seem to think it’s not possible to create art that is aesthetically pleasing, if not perfect, while also making art...

Digital photography terms: RGB and CMYK

Whether on a computer screen or in print, images are rendered in only a few colors. Computer monitors use three colors (RGB); printers use four colors (CMYK). When choosing one color system over the other, there are certain things to keep in mind.

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For Love of Art and Artists

Running a family business is a challenge that is never completely met. When I began Jack Richeson and Co., Inc. over 30 years ago, I never imagined that one day this business, in an industry I love, would be able to provide an income not only for 8 family members, but also for over...