Art Questions Answered by our Experts

Trust the expert staff at Artist’s Network to answer all of your burning art questions. Check our FAQs and more for information on tricky techniques, problematic pigments or career concerns. Overcome common missteps and get it right the first time when you get the answers from our popular Q&A series.


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?

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.

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.

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...


How to Display Art on Paper

Wondering how to display art on paper? Get advice from the pros: Litsa Spanos, Chris Morris and Craig Valentine of Art Design Consultants; Paul Schaff of Wellage and Schaff Fine Art Services; Michael Chesley Johnson, pastel artist; Jean Pederson, watermedia artist; and Michael Skalka, Chairman ASTM D01.57.

Sealing Oil Pastels

Is there a way to seal or coat an oil pastel painting so that you can hang it without need for glass? Find out in this "Ask the Experts" from The Artist's Magazine.