Paint Talk

Featured Topics
Using Paint Talk
RSS Feeds
What is RSS

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is the easiest way to keep up to date with your favourite content, find out more: RSS Definition on Wikipedia.
There are lots of excellent feed readers around (sometimes called "news aggregators") and many of them are free. Here is a comprehensive list of feed readers.

Paint Talk Gallery 2011 & 2012

The paint talk Gallery so far this year and during 2010 attracted a fantastic variety of work.We at Chroma are very gratified when work is shared freely in this way. It enriches us all in our creative journeys when amateur and professional artists alike contribute to the pages in the spirit of commraderie and exchange of ideas.

We want to encourage this further so have decided to open a new gallery for the remainder of this year. The 2010 gallery is now closed for comments but you can still view works in the gallery as before. The head line image comes from Western Australian artists Jean and June Pastore whose work has ventured into the experimental this year. They create in mix media and glass using Jo Sonja’s acrylic paints. Further details about their work and images can be viewed in the first entry below.

There are (23) Comments, Comments are now closed for this discussion?
  1. comment_1_15568

    Jim Cobb commented on September 21, 2011, at 4:00 pm.

    Jean and June Pastore are having success this year with the new developments in their work. They have had a solo exhibition, ‘Memories’ at Fusion Fine Art in Mandurah: the art work which appears above is called "Optitwizzical" won an award at the Mandjar Art Awards this year: Their experimental art won an award at the Invitational Minnewarra Art Award s in 2011.

    The couple’s glass art are works painted in reverse on 3mm float glass , which is used for windows. Sometimes the painting is done straight onto sheets of glass and sometimes on ready cut sculpted pieces depending of the composition They use Jo Sonja’s Acrylic and Glass Medium to achieve the results the are looking for, hence the vibrant colours that can be achieved through a combination of paint and illumination. Their mixed media experimentation involves the use of glass and timber.

    Artworks with a G reference are reverse painted on float glass.
    Images with an M reference are mixed media such as ‘Rhythm Sticks’ which won the award at Minnewarra.

    More of Jean and June's past work can be viewed at their website

  2. comment_2_15568

    Jim Cobb commented on September 21, 2011, at 4:37 pm.

    UK artist June Weber recently carried out this commission in Bristol. As well as beinga professional artist she is also a teacher educator. She writes highly of a Atelier Interactive.

    “ I started the mural by applying Chroma Gesso Primer to the brick wall, which had previously been painted with household paint…..

    .My intention was to create lots of texture, to give the mural depth and lots of movement. (I used) numerous layerings of Gesso Primer and stipplings with a 2" decorators brush to create peaks out of primer for a textured effect. I then applied some black acrylic paint to see how the texture was developing. This method highlighted the peaks and left the area underneath untouched. The process of applying Gesso Primer continued throughout the layers in the mural, along with Interactive Acrylic paint, until the desired effect was reached.

    A texture a balance had to be reached with the grading of whites and greys. This was easily achieved with Atelier Interactives, as the use of water at any stage during painting keeps the acrylics versatile and always ready to blend.

    I am very impressed with Chroma Atelier Interactive Acrylics, as they are flexible, easy to remove and retain their colour strength when dry. It is a pleasure painting with them as there is no odour and cleaning up is easy. …… Thank you for a fantastic painting experience! “

    June has sent the pictures below charting the progress of the mural.

  3. comment_3_15568

    J. Morris commented on October 26, 2011, at 7:06 pm.

    2011 hasn't been a very productive year for me with so many things going on within our family (good things).
    I have just completed a commission in record time for clients and it is of family dogs, something I have never painted before. I love using Jo Sonja's acrylics as there are so many colours and they are easy to use.
    This painting is off to USA and my clients are very happy.

  4. comment_4_15568

    Jennifer commented on October 26, 2011, at 11:34 pm.

    What a wonderful painting! You captured the spirit of these 2 dogs very well - how could your clients NOT love this?

  5. comment_5_15568

    Jim Cobb commented on October 31, 2011, at 12:19 pm.

    What great portraits of these two, obviously much loved members of the family. A very intimate portrait and incredibly skilled since you have never painted dogs before.

    On a different note, Jason Steadman, a Sydney based artist who is very sorry to hear about the demise of our AM brand sent us these images. Two are of his past work and the last one is work in progress, all of which have been done in AM. Jason loved using AM for its matt finish which was especially advantageous in his work with it's graphic qualities and use of black. It's intensely loaded pigmentation was keenly appreciated by this artist, especially Cobalt Blue he says.

  6. comment_6_15568

    jpaul steadman commented on November 1, 2011, at 12:46 pm.

    The paintings on the left featuring the red lino were mde in Montreal last year, and some were recently shown in New York. The middle one is a homage to Cubism and hangs in my lounge room in Sydney. The third painting sits with a Japanese influence but there is conflict between two forms, the good being on the left and the bad on the right, a bit like Politics in a strange way.

  7. comment_7_15568

    Jim Cobb commented on November 28, 2011, at 4:46 pm.

    In October, I traveled to Central Australia with artist couple Chris and Frances Fussell and my long time artist friend, Bela Ivanyi. The sights, smells and sounds were truly enchanting. We formed an artist's painting group to test out a new Archival fast drying medium for oils which we have developed at Chroma. Chris Fussell sent this feedback through with images of the finalised paintings;

    " We used Jim's new Archival fast drying mediums with Archival paint that he brought on the trip which were great for plein air painting, the paint would dry enough to paint over within 2 hours & would dry completely overnight, at the end of the week we could stack all the paintings together to bring them home on the plane, I much preferred them to using Acrylics... All the paintings are oil on 'gessoed' w/c paper or on canvas- unstretched ."

    Here are some photos of the trip and paintings for every one to enjoy . The paintings were completed in studio after beginning as sketches in situ. The artists' name is indicated with the title.

    We are still in the early testing stages for this Resin medium and will advise when it is ready to market.

  8. comment_8_15568

    Jennifer commented on November 29, 2011, at 12:57 am.

    What wonderful paintings!

  9. comment_9_15568

    Jim Cobb commented on December 6, 2011, at 9:52 am.

    Jean and June Pastore sent us some images of their more recent work to share with the Chroma Community. These come from their 'Memories' Exhibition.

  10. comment_10_15568

    Jim Cobb commented on December 12, 2011, at 11:26 am.

    We take delight in show casing the variety work of contemporary artists who contact us regarding their projects. Artist Paul Moncrieff is one such , using Atelier Interactive for a body of work towards an exhibition in 2012." Here he offers a description of his work and some images. Our Western Australian audience may like to check this out.
    " I have been working on a series of non -figurative, works that all have proportional interconnections. This work has evolved with my ongoing interest in architecture, and consequently it has spatial relationships to domestic house and dwelling design. The colour choices have interrelationships, and use exclusively Atelier artists acrylic product.
    This work will be shown at Gallery East at North Fremantle WA mid 2012."

    Paul Moncrieff
    Kent River Studio
    KENTDALE WA 6333

    Tel: 08 98408685
    Mobile: 0413117192

  11. comment_11_15568

    Jim Cobb commented on January 10, 2012, at 5:05 pm.

    The Gympie's Gold Rush Festival was held over 8 days in early October 2011. It celebrates the area's fascinating heritage whilst showcasing the diverse and colourful Cooloola region and offers locals, tourists and visitors the opportunity to go back in history and pan for real gold in an authentic 1867 historical setting. Held Art Gympie Art Gallery in conjunction with the Festival, teaching artist Susanne Barrett conducted a painting workshop with Atelier Interactive Acrylics. Here are two images from her demonstration showing the charming,loose and expressive style of painting for which she is known.

    Gold Rush catered for all; in addition to the art shows and 'Symphony by the Lake', there was street parade and a family party in the park. Gold Rush offers tourists and visitors the experience of the warm hospitality of a country town,whilst getting there you can enjoy cruising through the beautiful countryside.

  12. comment_12_15568

    Jim Cobb commented on January 16, 2012, at 10:07 am.

    At the end of last year Lindsay P. Baker dropped us a line with images of some recent paintings. Late last year he started using Atelier Interactive and writes that it has helped his painting progress. He writes,

    "I've done a couple of Atelier Interactive paintings this year, used to paint in oils. ... Thanks for saving me from the annoyances of oils. Once I got my head around the Interactives, I felt a great freedom to experiment and it has livened my work up no end!"

    The first image painting is, "Happy As", 24" x 24" on canvas. The 2nd is "The End and the Beginning", 18"x24" masonite,

    Lindsay has his own website at
    Connect to see more of his work.

  13. comment_13_15568

    Barry commented on March 6, 2012, at 1:46 am.

    Just finished this piece. I have painted many jets and have always loved to paint the skies because Interactive gives me so many options as how to approach painting clouds. In this particular painting I use quite a bit of Fast Medium because I wanted to lay down layers and come back to paint on top without disturbing the previous layer. Very much as you would do tradational acrylics. Also. I put a coat of Binder over the jet prior to putting the marking on so if I mess up I could easily wipe them off and redo. This is an F-18 BTW

  14. comment_14_15568

    Jim Cobb commented on April 4, 2012, at 10:59 am.

    This comes from Fraser Kirkwood, Managing Director of Chroma Europe.

    "Here are a couple of images from one of UK artist Tony Hogan’s recent Atelier Interactive workshops. These paintings were also copied during the workshop by the students, and it proved to be a great way of explaining the many creative opportunities that Atelier Interactive offers the artist. Tony is firmly established as one of the UK’s leading Art Tutors, and Chroma are delighted to have such enthusiastic support from him. For more information on future workshops around the UK, please go to “

  15. comment_15_15568

    Jim Cobb commented on April 4, 2012, at 11:03 am.

    Hi Barry,

    what a fantastic painting! I really love the contrast you have achieved between the textured treatment of the clouds & sky and the sleek reflective looking fighter jet.

    Thanks for your contribution and the comment about how you have used the mediums I think is really valuable. The word is getting out about how fantastic Fast Medium Fixer is.

  16. comment_16_15568

    Jim Cobb commented on May 28, 2012, at 1:02 pm.

    Recently Box Hill High School in Victoria, Australia, sent us some images of a competition they ran last year amongst their art students.

    Chroma sponsored the competition with supplies of Chromacryl paint.These are the winners from various year groups of their 'Archibox' competition involving portraits.

  17. comment_17_15568

    Jim Cobb commented on May 29, 2012, at 3:59 pm.

    Tony Hogan’s latest Atelier course had students welcoming in Spring with a series of paintings regarding sunflowers. Tony Hogan is a regular Tutor in Kilkham, East Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom and friend of Chroma.
    Vincent would be pleased!

    For information about Tony's experienc visit his Chroma teachers site at

    For up coming workshops

  18. comment_18_15568

    Jim Cobb commented on August 2, 2012, at 2:09 pm.

    This painting came into us from an artist who uses Chromacryl as carla M'Knight wanted to show us what fantastic results she can achieve with our paint.

    Carla writes that she started using Chromacryl after changing mediums from water colour and testing a number of acrylic paints. " It does all I ask from it, you can get a oil look, water-colour effect if you want and mix with other mediums it's very flexible and I feel I know the product very well to knowing exactly how much, thick or thin, and the strength of the pigment I have on the end of the brush, sponge or in a spray gun or airbrush."

    Chromacryl comes with an extensive range of mediums which Carla uses and uses a satin finish because the 'Shiny look' doesn't compliment her work. She goes on to say "

    I feel for anybody doing art ... I can highly recommend using Chromacryl as an Acrylic , ... for the reassurance that after all the hours you put in, that your paintings going to last, for your reputation and the customers reassurance."

    Chromacryl uses student grade pigments, and while some of the pigments we use are lightfast Chromacryl as a brand is not rated for lightfast testing.

  19. comment_19_15568

    Jim Cobb commented on October 4, 2012, at 2:57 pm.

    Mt Perry is in the hinterland west of Bundaberg and Maryborough. Shelley Kelly, President of the Mt Perry Fine Arts Association sent us this lovely photo of the winner Theresa May ,of the category Chroma Sponsored during the art prize. Shelley writes,

    "We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank, Chroma Australia for your support in helping make the 2012 Mt Perry Fine Arts Exhibition a huge Success .WE had 200 entries in our competition again this year this was fantastic with so excellent works on display."

  20. comment_20_15568

    Serena Agius commented on November 12, 2012, at 12:29 pm.

    Chroma sponsored a great competition for the “Patchings Art Festival 2012 –with an "Atelier Interactive Award” . We have 4 winners, each sharing top billing. This recieved very wide publicity in one of the Uk Decorative Arts magazines. Congratulations to the worthy winners with fabulous works you can see here.

    Louise Stebbing, Amarylis in a Jug
    Alison Saldana, Old Graffiti Table
    Liz Yule, Wash Day, Ferryden
    Julia Scott, Contemplation

  21. comment_21_15568

    Serena Agius commented on November 14, 2012, at 12:52 pm.

    This came through from teacher and artist Barry Herniman in the UK.Barry is a very active tutor, and is a huge fan of Atelier Interactive. He writes,
    “I love the fact that I can use it in a watercolour style with my students. It breathes new life into teaching this style, and the unique characteristics of the paint , especially the “re-wetting” element without losing tonal value – that is a real plus. Also, I’ve only just discovered the huge benefits that unlocking medium provides. Total control of the open time...all the time !”

  22. comment_22_15568

    Serena Agius commented on November 15, 2012, at 12:10 pm.

    Merry Sparks is a Professional Artist based in Brisbane, Australia. She paints in a contemporary, cool and edgy “Pop Art” style - her Australiana Series is endless, as well as other subjects.

    Merry has been a Fine Artist for 25 years, but her goal is also to promote Australia via my paintings in the Tourism sector. She uses Atelier Interactive Paints a promotes Chroma products. Her website is Here are some images of her latest works for quick reference also reproduced on her website.

    Merry Sparks work is now becoming quite popular, particularly as she hasestablished a new friendship with Australia Zoo, who allow her to “get up close and personal” to photograph their animals as subjects, these have beocome her iconic Australiana series. Another focus with of her paintings are Australiana culture, providing the public more of an awareness of the conservation of our Australian Fauna.

    After using a few other brands of paint and without prejudice, Merry writes that the Atelier Paint’s Interactive quality and its colour range is supreme.

    Aren't these images great? See the great variety Merry portrays in her subjects by selecting the link above.

  23. comment_23_15568

    Serena Agius commented on February 7, 2013, at 10:18 am.

    Contemporary Artist Nathan Taylor uses Atelier Interactive in these snappy works which reference our consumerist society. . Originally from Tasmania, Taylor is represented by Michael Reid at Elizabeth Bay and Australian Art Berlin.