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New online resource for users of Jo Sonja paints

Liz Black of Applejack Crafts and the UK Jo Sonja distributor, Lynn Courteney at Flutterby Crafts in conjunction with Chroma UK have launched a new website specifically for users of Jo Sonja products. Fraser Kirkwood, Managing Director of Chroma Europe who produce the range, is delighted with the site “This one-stop shop allows all users to get everything they need from the product in one place. They can browse images, get ideas, learn new techniques, ask questions, make friends and purchase the products too.”

Put Some Colour In Your Life TV Show Sponsored by Chroma

Chroma is a proud sponsor of this fantastic new television show that promotes arts and education across Australia

The TV series Put Some Colour In Your Life brings Art, Education and the Environment into Australian living rooms, promoting Artists via television and the web.

The series goes to air Sunday the 18th of March at 7.00pm, on the channel 4ME.

Jo Sonja Named Living Treasure!

The National Museum of Decorative Painting has proclaimed Jo Sonja Jansen to be A LIVING TREASURE in recognition of her talents, educational contributions, and preservation of decorative painting.

She was presented a proclamation at the Creative Painting Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

Click Here to watch a video of the presentation:

New Atelier Mediums - Electric Sheep

For a long time, I have painted sheep and other farm animals. I don’t know why, but I find them very haunting - I think it’s something about their eyes and their presence. Recently I was asked to paint a portrait of a sheep, so I decided to use some of the new traditional Atelier Mediums to create the attached painting. I decided to use the traditional mediums because I was painting with Atelier Interactive Professional Artists’ Acrylics, and I wanted to work quickly , in order to build up my layers fast. I wanted this portrait to be more textural and have a physicality, and I knew that I wouldn’t really be exploring soft, subtle, extended wet-in-wet blending in this painting. The new mediums worked brilliantly and helped me achieve exactly what I wanted.


Friend of Chroma and artist Mark Waller was invited by Paul Malouf to teach and demonstrate for Art Scene's summer week of art workshops at Bathurst in January. he sent through this really engaging report. Many thanks from Chroma Mark.

"Mark the newbie. I wasn't sure what to expect regarding my first Bathurst tutorial experience. I went down there with absolutely no idea about what I was doing, other than giving my students as much information as I possibly could. Before I go any further, I want to say thank you to all of the students who took a leap of faith and spent a week with me. You guys rock."

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 body language of the two ladies at their stall. I decided to use acrylics to paint this scene which captured the vibrancy and colour of the morning

British landscape with Tony Hogan

British artist and friend of Chroma, Tony hogan recently sent us this tutorial to share with Chroma's online community. he contributes many helpful techniques and approaches. Over to you Tony,

"Selecting this seasonal view occurred after visiting the next village to my studio in Kilham, East Yorkshire. I'd identified the field as a potential venue for a group of people attending one of my residential art holidays, so on the day off we went. returned I started to tutor the group in the way of developing a painting plein-air and did some sketches for a composition.

Mural at the Museum of Contemporary Art Extension, 2012

Artist Helen Eager has been commissioned to paint a mural on the side wall of the stair court for the building extension of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. This large public mural, 16 x 8 metres is located and designed to catch the attention of people from a great distance. This composition of repetitive triangular forms, seem to dance with rhythm inherent in the large staircase against which it is placed.

National Art School Awards Night

On December 1, 2011 the National Art School in Darlinghurst held their annual prize giving night in conjunction with the Undergraduate Degree show and Open Studios. Chroma has regularly sponsored a prize at the school for many years. This year’s winners were Matthew Busteed – Chroma painting Prize and Ryan Hoffman- Archival Oils prize.

Shades of Subiaco-Arty Brellas tell the story of by gone days …

Tricia Stedman, artist and creator of the innovative art workshops called 'Arty Brellas' (which Tricia conducts across WA and the Eastern States) was commissioned to paint a mural featuring her ‘Arty Brellas’. The mural was commissioned by art entrepreneur Mr Kevin Jackson to ‘dress up’ the recently renovated commercial building which has housed Jackson's Drawing Supplies from the early 1960s . The end result is a stunningly beautiful, historically significant public artwork which was unveiled on 29 November.