Tag Archives: watercolor

Toxic paint?

This weekend I received a response from my blog post on brush cleaning that read: “Of course there is the option of not using paints/painting bases based on toxins to begin with.” All paints have two essential parts: pigments and binders. Historically, binders for paints were egg, wax, honey, or bitumen, with the occasional organic oil […]

The first sexy selfie

Sarah Goodridge was a prolific Boston-based portrait miniature painter. She was successful enough to be able to afford a house on Beacon Hill and to support her invalid mother and orphaned niece. Nor was she forced to be an itinerant, as so many early 19th century American painters were. Miniatures are a fascinating subset of portrait […]