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Balance

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 […]

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Miniature Paintings and Atelier Free Flow

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 […]

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Alice Springs Paintings 2016

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 […]

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Jim Cobb’s Recent Videos on Atelier Interactive and Unlocking Formula

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 […]

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Tips for Plein Air Painting

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 […]

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Abstract Art and You

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 […]

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I Knew That I Would Be Onto a Winner

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 […]

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Varnishing 101

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 […]

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Basics of Blending

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 […]

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Commissions, a working methodology

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 […]

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