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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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Going Green!

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 […]

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Caribbean adventure with British artist – Marylin Allis

Join PA Marilyn Allis as she uses Interactive Acrylics to interpret a wet day in a Dominican market The Caribbean Island of Dominica was full of colour, even in the warm rain that poured down on us for half an hour. This market scene was so appealing to paint; I loved the colours and the […]

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Magic of Mediums: Image Transfers

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 […]

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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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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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