Impasto Techniques the Masters Used

Which Masters Used Impasto and How You Can Too

Impasto is a technique used in painting where paint is laid on thickly to give a painting texture and an almost 3D effect. It can be accomplished with mediums such as acrylic, oil, or gouache. Early in painting, it was thought that the image being captured was more important than the medium it was painted with. Attention was drawn to the subject instead of the paint and canvas itself. 

The first notable artist to start painting with the Impasto technique was Rembrandt. In one of his self portraits from 1659. Thicker brush strokes are clearly visible across his face to give himself a weathered look.

Claude Monet also used Impasto. He would add layer on layer of paint to add depth and give his paintings a "relief" effect to his paintings. 

Impasto techniques became even more popular during the impressionist movement during the late 1800s where paint was quickly added to the canvas and the medium and thick brush strokes used more paint than needed. Vincent Van Gogh was notable for painting with thick brush strokes and instead of layering paint, he would even squeeze his paint directly from the tube to the canvas.


And followed up in the 1900s, Jackson Pollock used impasto in his abstract art using thick drips, smears and quick swipes with his brush. Some of his paint drips were so thick and heavy, that Museums and collectors are having problems preserving his work.

Preserving Impasto can be a challenge and preserving it quickly can be even more of a challenge. However, with Weber Permalba Fast Drying Impasto Gelartists can now use thicker amounts of oil paints and make their own impasto paintings without waiting for weeks for the oil paint to dry. By mixing in the fast drying impasto gel with the oil paint on the palette, painters will now only have to wait 2-4 hours for their paint to dry instead of days to weeks waiting for it to dry. It really is an indispensable addition to any painter's supply, with great results. It also can make opaque colors more transparent and can add a shine to your work. Permalba Fast Drying Impasto Gel is only available through Jerry's Artarama, a real Jerry's Exclusive.

And for varnishing your painting and saving colors from yellowing, don't forget about the Gamblin Gamvar and Gamsol Power Pack which has the fastest drying semi gloss to preserve your paintings. Jerry's Artarama has the right tools you need to preserve your Impasto Paintings so that you can continue to create masterpieces just like these Impasto masters!


Announcing the 2014 Valentines Day Art Contest Winners

Congratulations to all of our wonderful winners!


Chocolate and Roses are great Valentines Day gifts, but soon after V-Day, they're gone. Your art is a labor of love and lasts forever! We had many contestants show us their art and tell us their story and then we let you viewers pick the winners. While everyone who gives and receives art are winners, you all chose these three to be our winners in our 2014 Valentines Day Art Contest


First Place Winner

by Michelle Irizarry

"I painted this daylily as a gift for my mom who has been there for me for years as I battle a long-term illness...without her help and understanding I would not have made it this far."
Acrylics on canvas(22x28 inches)


Second Place Winner

"For the love of birds"
by Pringle Poirot

"This inseparable pair of cockatoos found each other after being placed in a parrot sanctuary. They represent all neglected animals who have been taken in by humans who teach them what it is to find love and peace."
Blackwing drawing pencils on Canson Bristol drawing paper


Third Place Winner


by Keighsie Liu

"This is a portrait of my husband. I love him to pieces, and I tried to capture in this painting his personality: confident, charming, ambitious. I want to show the world with paint this great man that I love, the best in the world."


 Lets all give a big hand for our winners, and to see more entries, be sure to check out our Contest Page. Also be on the lookout for more wonderful contests where you can win big from Jerry's Artarama!



Whats the Buzz- Weber Permalba White Oil Colors and Value Packs

What people really think about "the ultimate in artists' white color"

If you haven't already tried Weber Permalba White in your oil paintings, you might want to consider it for a couple of reasons. Its received so many positive reviews on our website, artists will not stop talking about it and sharing with us their work they've done with  it. Permalba White is an exclusive blend of titanium and other pigments giving it a brilliant white. It is acid and alkali resistant so it wont yellow or discolor. This fine paint delivers true color value with exceptional brilliance and has no tendency to crack due to it's buttery consistency that dries to an elastic-like film. 

The real question is, do the artists who use Permalba white agree with this positive description of it? And whats more, does it have a good value? Should you try it yourself? Let these satisfied reviewers help you make these decisions in this edition of Whats the Buzz:

Painted with Permalba White, The Old Days of Surfing sent in by Ron from CA 


"As a full time professional artist, I go through many tubes of paint each week. It seems like white is the one I run short of most often. Purchasing Permalba White oils in a very economical three pack assures me that I will have what I need when I need it. Original Permalba is a superb white, soft and buttery from the tube, but with a surprising weight and opacity compared with other brands. Original Permalba White in a three pack is a best value and quality paint for professionals or beginners."- Frank Wilson, CA

"The buttery texture, solid and even color, and blending ability of these paints are the best I have found. The value packs available are one of the best deals anywhere."- Chafinworks, NH

"As a professional painter I love a great buy. I always use Permalba paints, they are crisp and beautiful everytime."- Tee, PA

"I use a lot of white paint, doesn't everyone? I shared this with fellow students, no one can beat this price."-Rosemary, CO


 Weber Permalba oil colors are a great value. As an oil painter, white is one of the colors you will use most as an underpainting and by blending it with other colors to make new ones. The value pack being referenced in the reviews above is Jerry's exclusive Impasto Combo Value Pack including three 150ml tubes of Permalba White with an added bonus of 150ml tube of Permalba Impasto Medium (Shown Above). But besides the great value being offered with Permalba White oil colors, lets see what else artists are saying about it:


"I am an artist and this is my first choice for white in oils."- Connie, NC

"Because of how smooth it is, it is so easy to work with...especially when you mix it with the color! It saves a lot of time!"- Barbara Lee, CA

"I use Permalba for all my oil painting needs. It's super smooth buttery quality is terrific for my style and working wonderful with a loaded brush."- Ron, CA (see paintings=>)


If you need more proof of why you need to start using Permalba White in your oil painting, rush over to the Weber Permalba White and Value Packs page at Jerry's Artarama Online Superstore and look at the other reviews under the "reviews" tab where it currently has a 4.5/5 star customer rating. And as always, keep letting us know what you think of your favorite products. We always appreciate your feedback and watch out for more What's the Buzz coming up soon where you might see your own review!



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