What?s in watercolor paint?in addition to the obvious pigment and water? A binder, for one thing, usually gum arabic along with ingredients to improve the paint?s workability like glycerin. Manufacturers often also add a preservative and a sugar (sometimes corn syrup). Art Graham, who owns a small company in Oregon, decided to use a different kind of sugar?honey, which happens to be a natural preservative. “Honey is a natural binder that has been used throughout history in all types of water-based paints. Honey in its pure state will absorb moisture from the atmosphere, so paints made with honey should not dry up in the tube or on the palette,” says Graham.
We asked award-winning California artist Birgit O?Connor to give the M. Graham line of watercolors a try. Read her review here..
OTT-LITE True-Color Floor Lamp
Dr. John Ott, a photobiologist who pioneered time-lapse photography for Walt Disney Studios, has designed an entire line of products that bring natural daylight indoors. By reducing glare, heat and distortion, TrueColor lights eliminate eyestrain, as well. According to the company literature, the lamps made by OTT-LITE allow the artist to mix and match colors accurately and see details clearly while being easy on the eyes as well as energy efficient (in a low heat environment equivalent to a 75 watt incandescent bulb). Among the products the company markets are the following: a 17 watt True Color Bulb that fits standard incandescent sockets; a 20 watt TrueColor Swirl Bulb; a TrueColor Magnifier Lamp; a FlexArm Lamp and a TrueColor Floor Lamp.
We asked Greg Albert, artist and contributor to The Artist?s Magazine, to test the OTT-LITE TrueColor Floor Lamp in his studio. Read his review here.
Beth Derringer-Keith is an assistant editor for Artist?s Sketchbook and The Artist?s Magazine.