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NEWS & EVENTS

 

The Art of Painting and Craftsmanship


 
Pascal Amblard, Salon participant, teacher, and author, shares with us his thoughts on painting with Slow Drying Fluid Acrylics and other types of acrylic: 
 
Since I started painting I have been very sensitive to the products I use. Being almost totally self taught, no one told me what to do. I had to make my own experiments and my own mistakes. 
 
I have always been a decorative painter, which means that efficiency has always had a priority over the intrinsic visual qualities of the result. When you paint commercial murals, you want to be able to work in all sorts of conditions and produce a good result for your client. Creating a masterpiece or being concerned by the archival specificities of your product is still important, but secondary. 
 
This is why I used "regular" acrylics for years. 
I had painted with oils, also, but issues like the drying time, the fact that you should wait for each layer of paint to be fully cured before continuing, and so forth, held me back.  
 
Nevertheless, I never felt totally satisfied with acrylics either. They dried a little too fast (on the canvas and on your palette), and they lacked depth in some tones (darks in particular). Then I started using Slow Drying Acrylics. 
 
As some of you may know, I have had the honor of being onboard the Proceed project from the start. It was a marvelous opportunity, not only to work with a company I sincerely admire and get to know some great individuals, but also to help design a paint that would have the qualities I had been looking for. 
 
Now, and this is why I am writing this short article, I want to say that I have always seen Proceed paints as part of a much larger picture. This is also why it made sense to work for GOLDEN. Indeed, these people already had excellent lines of acrylics , heavy body, glazes, fluids accompanied with the greatest variety of mediums.  
 
Slow drying acrylics have very specific and precious qualities but they will not be the ideal product in all situations. Sometimes you need your paint to dry faster, or to be more intense and transparent, or you will need to put several layers of paint on top of one another. In all these cases you will have to pick up the right type of acrylic. 
 
This is exactly how I use acrylics: for all of the capabilities and combinations mentioned above. I always try to create the optimal combination between all the parameters of the painting I am doing. These parameters are, for example, the support (absorbent or not, rough or smooth), the style of the painting, the time you have to do it, the finish you want for it, and so on. 
 
Proceed is my basic acrylic paint, but I certainly do not use it exclusively. It is the core of my practice, but typically I might do my underpainting with heavy body acrylics, using Proceed for the "meat" of the job and finish up with glazes of fluid acrylics or polish some areas with OPEN Acrylics. 
 
The art of painting is based on good craftsmanship. “Craftsmanship” is a culture encompassing a broad understanding of technique and technical aspects of the materials. No product will replace good craftsmanship but a good product (that you will pick for the right purpose) will undoubtedly help you get better results. 
 
For more information about Pascal Amblard, visit his website:www.atelierpascalamblard.com
 
 

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