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The aluminum apex (9” x 5”) from the Washington Monument was cast by William Frishmuth of Philadelphia, the only domestic producer of the ore.  At that time, it was a rare metal more valuable than silver.

Painting on Metal: An Introduction

Question: How often do they repaint the steel on the iconic Golden Gate Bridge? Answer: Every day, non-stop, repainting areas of corrosion (28 painters). Painting metal, especially metals exposed to variable environmental conditions is not something even our most advanced coating systems can stand up to over time, measured not in decades but in just […]

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From Mark Golden

From Mark Golden This past year I am reminded how quickly time is passing by. For over 25 years we’ve been publishing Just Paint. For 36 years Barbara and I have been graciously allowed to participate in the creative lives of so many talented artists. And to be able to call them our friends, has […]

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A Long and Lonely Year, Acrylic on Canvas, 67" x 100"

Stacy Brock Up Close

Mark Golden: Can you tell me when you knew you wanted to be an artist? Stacy Brock: From birth. I was born a painter. I never wanted to be anything else. Mark: Were there specific mentors or inspiration at home, or at school, in grammar school or high school? Stacy: My father was and still […]

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Value of Plastics as a Painting Support

Artists have been using plastics as a substrate for their work since their development as a consumer material. Early plastics were heralded with such acclaim that they were awarded special honors during the London 1862 World’s Fair. These nitrocellulose plastics were used in constructions by artists Naum Gabo and Antoine Pevsner in their work of […]

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The Science Behind QoR

Dow® Chemical first patented our new watercolor binder for QoR, (Poly(2-ethyl-w-oxazoline) in 1977. It is now more commonly known as Aquazol® when it was licensed to another manufacturer. Among its several unique properties was its solubility in a wide range of solvents including water. Its properties for use as an adhesive were first investigated by […]

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PAINTING SUPPORTS: Cotton Canvas

By Mark Golden Whether painting in oils, acrylics or other traditional or non-traditional painting media, the quality and physical make-up of the support and its preparation is a critical determinant of the final outcome of a work of art. The support not only sets up the working properties of the chosen media but it also […]

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Lori Wilson, Application Specialist

Lori Wilson Up Close

Mark Golden: Lori, when did you know you wanted to be an artist? Lori Wilson: I was 4. I was at home watching my brother. He was helping me in a coloring book, and I knew I wanted to color as good as he did. Mark: How was that nurtured in school? You’ve grown up […]

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Ulysses Jackson Up Close

Mark Golden: Ulysses, tell me a little bit about growing up and your connection to the world of art. Ulysses Jackson: Certainly the arts were a big part of my family growing up. I don’t think that I ever wanted to be a visual artist initially. I thought I was going to be a musician […]

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