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Frequently Asked Questions

Plein Air

En plein air , is a French expression which means "in the open air" and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, which is also called peinture sur le motif ("painting on the ground") in French. It can also be used to describe other activities where a person partakes in an outdoor environment.

Dichroic Fused Glass

Dichroic Fused Glass,  is specifically designed to be hotworked but can also be used in its raw form. Sculpted glass elements that have been shaped by extreme heat and then fused together may also be coated with dichroic afterwards to make them reflect an array of colors. Dichroic Glass is a modern composite non-translucent glass that is produced by stacking layers of glass and micro-layers of metals or oxides which give the glass shifting colors depending on the angle of view, causing an array of colors to be displayed as an example of thin-film optics: the resulting glass is used for decorative purposes such as stained glass, jewelry, artwork, etc.

Triptych

Triptych, a set of three panels or compartments side by side, bearing pictures, carvings, or the like. See Diptych.

Diptych

Diptych, very simply, a diptych is a drawing or painting in two parts. The format of the pictures may be landscape, abstract or portrait, but they will usually be the same size. It is sometimes a continuous but divided image, or may be composed of separate, closely related images. Often you'll see portraits of a couple with one person in each panel.

Gallery Wrap

Gallery wrapis a method of stretching an artist's canvas so that the canvas wraps around the sides of the (Stretcher Bar or strainer bars) and is secured to the back of the wooden frame.

In canvas printing, the term "gallery wrap" refers to an image that appears on the sides of the frame as well as the front. The image on the sides is either a continuation or a reflection of the main image, or an otherwise fabricated element such as a solid color or colors derived from the adjacent image.

Gallery wrap is a very popular way to display art. However, because the edges of the canvas are wrapped over the thick bars, approximately two inches of the image (top, bottom, and sides) are not visible from the front. If the subject of an image or painting is sized and positioned correctly, the image will not be negatively affected. However, in some situations photo editing techniques are employed to fabricate additional image/material or to mirror existing content on the wrapped edges. Solid colours can also be used on the wrapped edges.

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