A comment was made in this forum to the effect that materials is a small part of making art. I agree with that viewpoint in that there are much greater concerns when art making. However, it is the unfortunate state of affairs today that most studio painters lack practical knowledge about materials and hence wrestle with this "insignificant" area for much of their careers. It is for this reason, I believe, that materials take on an often exaggerated and important position in the discussion of artists. Or perhaps it is because materials is tangible and palpable and hence an easier to topic to discuss. Whatever the case, this is the primary objective of this forum and it is encouraged here, because after all this is also an artists' materials company. This does not mean that I and Natural Pigments are not interested in discussions about aesthetics, but from my experience with forums these often devolve into petty matches inflamed by personal egos. Until we learn to control the monsters from our ids (now there's a reference to the all time classic science fiction movie, Forbidden Planet, and they just do not make women like Anne Francis anymore), then I would like to limit the discussions to materials.
Another thought occurred to me today while in my laboratory is that although many readers of this forum have much valuable experience, there is something unique when you grind paint on three-roll mill, measure physical parameters using instruments, make endless variations of batches to fine tune formulas, and review results from analysis. I wish all readers could spend even one day with me in our laboratory and production facility. The benefits from this experience would add knowledge of artists materials that might otherwise take years to attain. It is this that I am trying to impart through this forum.