Sam Francis

Untitled, 1984

106.7 X 73 inch

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What is pigment?

What is pigment?

Refers to a material that alters the color of light that's transmitted or reflected due to selective absorption of wavelength. This process however, differs from phosphorescence, fluorescence and other luminescence forms where materials emit light. Materials chosen and developed by humans for use in art as pigments have special properties in most cases that make them the best for use in coloring materials. A pigment's tinting strength should be relatively high in relation to the material to be colored.

Textile

Textile is the term used to describe a flexible material formed by weaving, felting, crocheting, knitting or knotting long strands of natural or artificial yarn or thread. Textile artists often create their own textiles, or use selected ones in fabric art compositions.

Acrylic on paper

Acrylic on paper is a technique which uses acrylic paints on a wide variety of paper weights and textures. Artists may choose to use watercolor paper with smooth or rough surfaces. Using the acrylic paints with watercolor methods, such as bleeding, washing and spattering.

Charcoal

Charcoal is sticks of charred wood used to make initial studies and finished drawings. It is easily smudged and erased. It requires resin or gum to make it stick to surfaces permanently, and is ideal for sketching first ideas on walls or canvas.

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