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Painting with Oils on Paper

For oil painters who find themselves eager to paint but reluctant to spend too much time or money on surface preparation, you might try working on paper. Paper can be reasonably priced, easy to prepare and less formal than panel or stretched canvas. If prepared properly and maintained with longevity in mind, paper can be […]

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SID Testing of Various Sealers on Hardboard where we looked at how effective GAC 100. Polymer Medium, and BIN were when using OPEN and Regular Gel.

OPEN Acrylics, Shellac, and SID

In many ways this article is a continuation from an earlier one,  Waterproof India Inks and Shellac-based Primers, which focused mostly on the alkaline sensitivity of shellac-based india inks when used with acrylics. However, towards the end of the article we briefly looked at  Zinnser’s B-I-N®, a common pigmented shellac primer, to see if it had similar […]

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Here is the same sample board with a different light angle showing the full interference and iridescent effects.

Layering and Mixing with Iridescent and Interference Acrylic Paints

We’ve all seen Iridescent and Interference effects when viewing soap bubbles, oil slicks, flower petals, bird feathers, and more. They are fairly common in the natural world. If they are somewhat less common in artwork, it might simply be that they still represent new and unexplored possibilities for most people, even after being part of […]

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Sam & Adele Golden Gallery, Golden Artist Colors, New Berlin, NY

Made In Paint 2016

The doors of the Sam and Adele Golden Gallery opened on April 9th for the 4th annual Made in Paint exhibition, highlighting the works of last year’s artists-in-residence. Over 300 people attended the opening night with many more visitors stopping by to see the exhibition before it came down in August. Several of the artists […]

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GOLDEN Archival MSA Varnish Over Transparent Watercolor on Paper

Dirt damages the beautiful surface of watercolor on paper, and ultraviolet light fades delicate washes. Watercolor paintings need protection when on display. Acrylic sheeting and art conservation glazing options have widened the choices beyond traditional framing behind glass. However, museum-grade UV non-reflective glass and acrylic glazing can be expensive and add weight when shipping artwork. […]

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Left to right: Isaac AlaridPease, Bryan Wilson, Jessica Clark

Congratulations to the 2016 GOLDEN Educator Residents!

With the success of last year’s GOLDEN Educator Program, we couldn’t help but say YES to another year of partnership with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers! Artists Isaac AlaridPease from Albuquerque, NM; Jessica Clark from Fairmont, NC; and Bryan Wilson from Charlotte, NC; joined us this summer for the Golden Artist Colors sponsored […]

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Summerland, 2012, Acrylic on Canvas, 75 1/2" x 46 1/4"
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Kikuo Saito Color and Drawing

Fortune is said to favor the bold. If so, when Kikuo Saito left Japan in 1966, at age twenty-seven, to take up residence in New York City, his bold and uncertain decision enjoyed Fortune’s broad and generous smile, and continued to do so for five decades of engagement, experimentation and development. Saito’s background in painting […]

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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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