Artist Blog

The equinox is coming up, a time when night and day are roughly equal. This balance of light makes us consider balance in paintings, a term many painters understand internally but frequently don’t discuss, outside of an art classroom. Roy Jackson, Red Thing Balance can be considered the way in which the elements of a painting – shapes, colors, textures, lines, etc. - are arranged. A balanced painting is visually…
Plein air painting first became popular in the 1880s with the Impressionists. The fact that paint was now available in tubes allowed these artists to work "in the open air" instead of their studios. This freedom helped the Impressionists capture the ever-changing light and shadows of their landscape and world. Today, modern plein air painters continue this passion for painting outdoors. Jennifer VonStein, Moon Dancer Winery, Plein Air Plein air…
Atelier Free Flow Artists’ Acrylic can enhance a variety of applications or techniques, from watercolor to gouache to acrylic. It is also very useful for particular genres of painting, such as Miniature Art. Miniature art, as defined by the Australian Society of Miniature Art, is based on size, not a painting style. For a 2-dimensional work, the perimeter must not exceed 40cm (15.7”). For example, a painting may be 10cm…
PAINTING WITH ACRYLICS IN THE HOT DRY AUSTRALIAN DESERTby Jim Cobb How times have changed. It was adventurous to paint outdoors in the Australian Desert in 2009 using the Atelier Interactive acrylic paints which had just been released. I was truly a pioneer, and pioneers or trailblazers suffer privations. In my case I decided to work wet-in-wet for outdoor sketches which normally take me 2 hours to execute, and I…
Jim Cobb wanted to do some very short, close-up video demonstrations to show how the Unlocking Formula works with the Atelier Interactive paints. The 3 short videos below illustrate the Unlocking Formula in action. Jim's Dry Pandamus Leaf Painting... Jim Uses Unlocking Formula on A Dry Pandamus Leaf Painting... What To Do When Unlocking Formula Doesn't Work...
Geoff de Groen • October 29 2014, 2014 When it comes to abstract art, it can be helpful to determine what exactly you mean by that term. Do you mean non-representational painting, which is art that does not try to reference reality at all? Or do you mean abstract art which references reality but in a flattened, emotional or highly subjective way? Essentially, all representational paintings are abstracted, because artists…
My name is Ruth Gray and I am a fine art landscape painter based in Derbyshire in the UK. My love of Atelier Interactive paint came about after many years of using Jo Sonja's Artists' Acrylic Paint, also made by Chroma. I used these paints whilst I was living in Australia and was really happy with the quality and the matte finish. When it came to returning to live in…
Colours for skin tones vary immensely between the home value of a person’s skin as there are areas of high light and shade and subtle changes in colour around various parts of the body. When painting skin it’s very common to find that you use a lot of different colours. As these are perennial questions we thought we’d start off a discussion because there are many different ways to produce…
When it comes to smooth transitions in paintings, the most natural and intuitive way to suggest this is by blending. It’s easy to do with oil paint, but because of the fast-drying nature of acrylics, blending has been incredibly challenging with acrylics. Happily, blending is easy with Atelier Interactive, because it is the only acrylic that can be controlled to delay drying so you can blend, simply by using a…
Atelier Interactive dries without a “plastic” look, with very low sheen yet high color saturation. But it is important to protect any painting with a finishing varnish and furthermore, you can choose to alter the final sheen of your Interactive painting. Chroma offers two types of varnishes – water-based and solvent based. The advantage of using water-based varnish is that it is water-based, but it is non-removable. The advantage of…
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