Artist Blog

The colors found in the Atelier Interactive Professional Artists’ Acrylics and Archival Oils paint lines are classified as opaque, semi-transparent or transparent. You may wonder just what opaque, semi-transparent or transparent mean, and why should I care? It’s important to understand what these characteristics of the color are, because how opaque or transparent a color is plays a big part in getting certain effects. And because Atelier Interactive and Archival…
Artist Mikel Wintermantel paints "A View From Morgan's Hollow" with Atelier Interactive Professional Artists' Acrylics.
With spring just around the corner here in the USA, I thought it was a good time to address the subject of “green” in regards to colors. As a landscape painter, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of greens out there. But with careful observation, and a few general guidelines, it’s easy to get the green you need. As you probably remember from early painting days, blue…
Many artists are often asked by friends or through referrals to paint commissions of specific subjects. Negotiating that area between artistic expression, visual license and expectation when painting for a client with a specific idea, can be tricky. Stress commonly accompanies art making when the artist is mindful of the need to produce something pleasing to the client. Colin Christie, UK artist, recently sent us a description of his working…
In recent workshops, I’ve led artists in a series of exercises exploring acrylic mediums in traditional, as well as non-traditional, ways. In the simplest terms, mediums generally are added to paint, added to the surface or applied on top of paint. Mediums enhance or alter the properties of acrylic paint, and there are many exciting ways to use them! One of the techniques that I taught, and the one that…
The magic of mediums is that there is a painting medium for just about every type of application, especially with acrylics. Want to paint very texturally? Impasto Gel or Modelling Compound. Want matte paint? Matte Medium & Varnish. Need more working time? Slow or Thick Slow Medium. But sometimes you’ll find that there is one medium that you use, time and time again. For me, the workhorse in my studio…
Keith Norris demostrates Atelier Interactive Professional Artists' Acrylics in a mixed media style.
Artist Mitch Waite clearly demonstrates the advantages of being able to use a water sprayer to re-wet and re-work Atelier Interactive. Courtesy of the SAA and the Painting and Drawing Channel.
Artist Mitch Waite clearly demonstrates the advantages of being able to use a water sprayer to re-wet and re-work Atelier Interactive. Courtesy of the SAA and the Painting and Drawing Channel.
Artist Mitch Waite clearly demonstrates the advantages of being able to use a water sprayer to re-wet and re-work Atelier Interactive. Courtesy of the SAA and the Painting and Drawing Channel.
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