The Best Clamp Lights for Illuminating Your Workspace
May 11, 2021

Clamp lights are a good addition to any artist’s or photographer’s studio or hobbyist’s workshop. Compact and portable, these lighting fixtures feature a gripping device so you can attach them to tables, beams, and other surfaces. Since they can be directed like spotlights, these lamps are great options for artists who need to illuminate specific […] Continue reading

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The Best Kneaded Erasers Will Bend to Artists’ Needs

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission. A kneaded eraser is an essential artists’ tool for erasing, yes, but also for blurring edges, highlighting, and using other subtractive drawing techniques. It is made of a flexible gummy material that you can […] Continue reading

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State of the Union: Faith Ringgold at Glenstone
May 4, 2021

For decades, Faith Ringgold has invited the dark shadows of American life onto the nation’s bright face, chronicling its grim histories, untold betrayals, and unsung heroes. The sound-bite description of the artist—Black Power activist, feminist, maker of story quilts—subsumes the complexities of her fulsome vision and personal voice. Her politics, while prophetic, earned her little […] Continue reading

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The Best Artists’ Viewfinders for En Plein Air Artworks
April 30, 2021

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission. If you often find yourself holding up your fingers to frame a scene, you might want to purchase a viewfinder. Designed for artists who paint or sketch en plein air, these handy tools help […] Continue reading

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Essential Books: 7 Noteworthy Surveys of Outsider Art
April 28, 2021

Call it what you will—outsider art, folk art, visionary art, outlier art—but the artists associated with these overlapping and sometimes conflicting rubrics have two things in common: They are all visual autodidacts—self-taught, if you prefer—compelled for one reason or the next to create works of often astonishing impact. Continue reading

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The Best Acrylic Matte Mediums for Artists and Hobbyists
April 20, 2021

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission. Acrylic medium is a versatile product for use with acrylic paint and in mixed-media projects. A liquid that’s milky when wet and translucent when dry, it can be added to acrylic to increase fluidity; […] Continue reading

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The Best Photo Boards for Your Studio, Office, or Home
April 16, 2021

Let’s not pretend: We will always have and love picture frames. But that doesn’t mean they are always the best option. Photo boards are a nice alternative, offering a decorative look, exceptional ease in changing photos, and the freedom to artfully arrange. Not only handy pieces of home decor, they can serve a purpose for […] Continue reading

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