This is another watercolor lightfastness test. I made these rings on April 18, 2016, using some pigments I was painting with at the time (along with a few others), and placed the sheet in our south-facing front window. There was a piece of sheet aluminum covering the horizontal band in the center of the sheet, between the two faint lines, and the ultramarine sample in the upper left was half covered so that the right part of the ring was exposed. After more than six months of exposure, including quite a few summer days of full, direct sunlight, there is no visible fading to any of these pigments. The paints include Daniel Smith Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Pink, Van Dyke Brown, Pthalo Turquoise, Nickel Azo Yellow, and Winsor & Newton Cadmium Red, along with a few mixtures. I had stopped using Quinacridone Pink a few years ago, after it was downgraded to the second-highest lightfastness rating (according to the manufacturer), but it appears to have held up as well as the others.
Abstract expressionist artist, Chinese American, lesbian, and community activist, Bernice Bing (1936-1998) was involved in the San Francisco Bay Area art scene in the 1960s and 1970s, She attended the California College of Arts & Crafts and was inspired in life and her work by Japanese painting professor, Saburo Hasegawa as well as by Chinese calligraphy.
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