Further acrylic paint information

Comparing 3 artist quality acrylic paints, I found that Chroma’s Atelier Interactive acrylic paint is still my favoured one for the techniques of layering and for achieving glazing effects. This is especially so when the paint is combined with Clear Painting Medium where a shiny finish is not desired.

Detail of painting "Assisi II" using Atelier in thin layers

Detail of painting “Assisi II”                                  using Atelier in thin layers

However, if more opaque and therefore textured finishes are desired, I wouldn’t use any other except the Schmincke PRIMAcryl acrylic paint. This is also the paint to use if you want your acrylic paintings to look very similar to oil paintings. PRIMAcryl dries with a sharpness to it which can be further enhanced by combining it with Schmincke Struktur-Gel, matt or glossy (depending on your personal taste).

Detail of painting "Winter Landscape" using Schmincke as opaque and slightly textured paint

Detail of painting “Winter Landscape” using Schmincke as opaque and slightly textured paint

In the following experiment, I squeezed out thick blobs of Schmincke, Atelier and Matisse acrylic paints using only 2 colours – titanium white and cadmium orange – in order to maintain some sort of comparative standard.

As I had suspected, the Atelier performed the worst as it dried with very rounded surfaces, exaggerating the plastic quality of the paint. This is fair enough as acrylic paints are polymers, ie plastic! The Matisse acrylic paint dried a tad better but still far too plasticky in my opinion. The Schmincke dried with beautiful sharp edges and peaks, hence it’s similarity to the finish of oil paint, if that’s how you choose to use it.

Interestingly, the cadmium orange  pigments differed even though they were the same pigment (PO20). Atelier was more red than other two. I don’t know why.

Also, the Matisse paint shrank with drying and lifted and peeled off easily. Does this mean that there might be more water in the Matisse than in the others? I don’t know.

IN BRIEF: Think about the effect you want, and then choose your paint.

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New exhibition for John Lascelles at Wollongong City Gallery opens on June 21

Don’t miss this beautiful photographic exhibition on view from 21 June until 1 September. John, who works with black and white film, seeks out the subtle tonal nuances of his natural environments.

Further news about the exhibition opening, free photographic information and events are outlined on the poster. Congratulations John.

John Lascelles Exhibition Invitation_e.flyer

Sixteen artists who use pastel or oil stick

Kim Shannon Robyn Kinsela Ian Jones   Judy Mylonas Gill Graham Lucinda McDonald Susan Meredith Julie Pennington     Kim Shannon

A new exhibition is open at Artroomers Artspace from June 4 to 29 which shows how different artists use the mediums of oil stick and oil and chalk (soft) pastel. There are works on paper, on board and on canvas, most of which are framed and for sale. The works that are not framed have “UF” after their price.

The artists, who range from award winning professionals to hobbyists and students, each approach his or her subject in a unique way, adopting a variety of techniques and applications.

Email artroomers@hinet.net.au for more information about any of the artworks or the artists. Opening hours are Mon-Fri 9-5 & Sat 9.30-12.30.

Jenny Maree "Rock Patterns II" 70x55cm pastel on paper

Jenny Maree “Rock Patterns II” Pastel on paper 22x30cm                                                            $425

Jenny Maree "Rock Patterns" Pastel on paper 55x70cm

Jenny Maree “Rock Patterns II” Pastel on paper 55x70cm                                                            $785

Kim Shannon "After El Greco" oil stick on paper

Kim Shannon “After El Greco”         oil stick on paper approx. 60x50cm $250UF

Kim Shannon "Reclining Nude" Oil stick on paper

Kim Shannon “Reclining Nude” Oil stick on paper 60x80cm                                                         $250UF

Kim Shannon "Young Man" Oil stick on paper

Kim Shannon “Young Man”                 Oil stick on paper                            approx. 50x40cm   $250 UF

Ian Jones "Constellation" Pastel 95x121cm $

Ian Jones “Constellation” Pastel 121x95cm $1000

Ian Jones "Gumbo City" Pastel 121x95cm

Ian Jones “Gumbo City” Pastel 95x121cm       $1000

Ann Rogan "Silver Birch" Oil and oil stick on canvas 60x60cm framed    $750

Ann Rogan “Silver Birch” Oil and oil stick on canvas 60x60cm                                        $750

Ann Rogan "Winter"  Oil and oil stick on canvas 43x59cm framed   $750

Ann Rogan “Winter” Oil and oil stick on canvas 43x59cm                                                            $750

Barbara David "St Peters" Pastel on paper $350

Barbara David “St Peters” Pastel on paper 40x16cm    $350

Lucinda McDonald "Beach2" Oil pastel on paper

Lucinda McDonald “Beach 2” Oil pastel on paper 29x41cm                                                          $490

Lucinda McDonald "Red Jar 1" Oil pastel on paper

Lucinda McDonald “Red Jar 1” Oil pastel on paper 20x29cm      $490

Lucinda McDonald "Four Square" Oil pastel on paper

Lucinda McDonald “Four Square” Oil pastel on paper 23x19cm             $390

Lucinda McDonald "Red Jar 2" Oil pastel on paper

Lucinda McDonald “Red Jar 2” Oil pastel on paper 20x29cm $490

Margo Carlon "Blue Water" pastel on paper 55x45cm $595

Margo Carlon “Blue Water” pastel on paper 55x45cm                  $595

Judy Mylonas "Fissure" Acrylic and pastel 33x50 framed $750

Judy Mylonas “Fissure” Acrylic and pastel 33×50 framed                                                                  $750

Judy Mylonas "Tracking #1" Pastel and mixed media on paper $450

Judy Mylonas “Tracking #1” Pastel and mixed media on paper  33x50cm                             $420

Julie Pennington "Untitled II" 8x8cm oil stick

Julie Pennington “Untitled II” 8x8cm oil stick on paper                                                                      $280

Julie Pennington "Untitled" oil stick on paper 8x8cm $

Julie Pennington “Untitled” oil stick on paper 8x8cm                                                             $280

Carol Thomson  "Elephant II" $900

Carol Thomson “Elephant II” Pastel on paper $900

Carol Thomson "Morning Read" $1200

Carol Thomson “Morning Read” Pastel on paper $1200

Carol Thomson "Stacked" $900

Carol Thomson “Stacked” Pastel on paper $900

Carol Thomson "The Navigator" $1200

Carol Thomson “The Navigator” Pastel on paper $1200

Janet Campbell-Clemens "Landscape II" Oil stick on canvas $80

Janet Campbell-Clemens “Landscape II”              Oil stick on canvas 20.5×25.5cm   $50 UF

Janet Clemens "Landscape I" oil stick on canvas $80

Janet Campbell-Clemens                           “Landscape I”  oil stick on canvas                20.5×25.5 cm                       $50 UF

Sue Meredith "Cottage at Dumbarton St, McMahon's Point" Pastl on paper 94x73cm NFS

Sue Meredith “Cottage at Dumbarton St, McMahon’s Point” Pastel on paper 94x73cm      NFS

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Gill Graham “Strawberries”     Pastel on Canson paper 37x27cm $195

Ian Hunter "Gib Walk" 2003 oil stick on board 12x30cm $150

Ian Hunter “Gib Walk” 2003 oil stick on board 12x30cm     $150

Ian Hunter "Gib Walk" 2003 oil stick on hardboard 13x34cm $150

Ian Hunter “Gib Walk” 2003                                    oil stick on hardboard 13x34cm                     $150

Tanya Challenor "Cement Works" 2007 soft patel on paper 36x54cm $290

Tanya Challenor “Cement Works” 2007               soft pastel on paper 36x54cm         $290

 

Robyn Kinsela "Road Trip West I" 56x76cm pastel on Whatman's paper $

Robyn Kinsela “Road Trip West I” 56x76cm   pastel on Whatman’s paper $1600 contact Gallery V for purchase www.galleryv.com.au

Robyn Kinsela "Road Trip West II " pastel on Whatmans paper 56x76cm $

Robyn Kinsela “Road Trip West II ” pastel on Whatmans paper 56x76cm                     $1600

Kim Shannon "Youth" Pastel on paper

Kim Shannon “Youth” Pastel on paper approx. 35x25cm                    $175 UF

Kim Shannon "Standing Figure" Oil stick on paper

Kim Shannon “Standing Figure” Oil stick on paper           $250 UF

Robyn Kinsela "Silence I" Oil stick and gouache on paper 12.5x10cm $140

Robyn Kinsela “Silence I” Oil stick and gouache on paper 12.5x10cm         $140

Robyn Kinsela "Silence V" Oil stick and gouache on paper 12.5x10cm $140

Robyn Kinsela “Silence V” Oil stick and gouache on paper 12.5x10cm         $140

Robyn Kinsela "Silence VII" Oil stick and gouache on paper 12.5x10cm $140

Robyn Kinsela “Silence VII” Oil stick and gouache on paper 12.5x10cm $140

Robyn Kinsela "Silence VIII" Oil stick and gouache on paper 10x12.5cm $140

Robyn Kinsela “Silence VIII” Oil stick and gouache on paper 10×12.5cm                                             $140

Robyn Kinsela "Silence X" Oil stick and gouache on paper 12.5x10cm $140

Robyn Kinsela “Silence X” Oil stick and gouache on paper 12.5x10cm         $140