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Path Through the Open Land Foundation
8×10, Golden OPEN Acrylics on Multimedia Artboard
Please email me if you are interested in this painting.

It’s been sooooo hard for me to keep this under wraps, but the time has finally arrived when I can share the great news! Everybody’s been asking me this year what acrylic paints I’ve been using that look so much like my oils, and I have to hem and haw and politely change the subject……until now. Golden Paints has developed a brand new line of “acrylics” with a very long open time. It is called Golden Open. They’ll be shipping to stores on July 1. The painting above is one of my favorites done with these new paints. You can see my demonstration thread for this painting here.The underpainting was done with Golden Fluid Acrylics, and then the Open paints were used over that.

I’ve been testing these paints for Golden Acrylics since last August, and it’s been such a thrill for me to finally have an acrylic paint that does what I want it to do. The long open time enables me to paint like I would with oils, only better. It is really like a new medium in that it can do some of the things oils can do, some of the things acrylics can do, some of the things gouache can do, and some of the things watercolors can do. After nine months of using this paint, I feel like I’m still just scratching the surface in terms of its possibilities. Almost all of the acrylics that you’ve seen here on my blog since August were done with this paint.

This still life on clear-sealed linen is another one of my favorites done with this paint:
Flowers on Linen, 8×6″


The paint tacks up as I work just enough to be able to do things that oils cannot. No more acrylic paint drying on your brushes either. When you finally get that mix of colors just right, the paint doesn’t dry out before you get a chance to use it. Edges can be blended and manipulated—no more razor-sharp acrylic edges in your paintngs unless you want them. Yet, it tacks up enough as I work to be able to scumble, glaze, and overpaint. Oils can’t do that! For plein air painting, they can’t be beat. Just a spray of water now and then keeps them totally workable. I can get paintings varnished and out to galleries in less than two weeks. I don’t have to put up with that nasty “sinking in” and flattening of values that oil paints do overnight without my permission! The color remains as beautiful and vibrant as when it was painted. These dry to a matte finish, so do not at all have that plastic look of many acrylics.

I’ve had good success with it in the figure painting studio too. This one from a few weeks ago is one of my favorite figure sketches with the new paint:
Amanda Resting, 8×10″ on Canson board


I hope any of you artists out there reading this will have the opportunity to try out this new product. It’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. I’d be happy to answer any questions relating to the working properties of the paints; just enter them as comments on this post. I am so happy to be able to discuss them at last.

7 Responses to “The Secret Is Out! New Golden paints revealed….”

These are great! How did you get selected to try out the new product line? Sounds like they’re perfect for plein air.

Hi Joan. I was invited to participate in a panel up at the Golden headquarters in New Berlin, NY. It’s a three and a half hour drive for me, but I decided to take a chance that it might be something really interesting…..and it was!

Jamie, How wonderful, congratulations. Thanks for sharing your info and your beautiful paintings. I always like your plein air landscapes. 🙂

Hi There neighbor! I am in the Hudson Valley, too! Thanks so much for this info on Golden paints. I currently use M Graham acrylics which have a long open time. But these Goldens sound really awesome! I am looking forward to giving them a try.
I love you work!

Hi Jamie!

I just heard about these paints and then I heard that you got to play with them. You lucky dawg! Your paintings look amazing. Golly, you are rockin’ it. LOVE the landscape and that still life. Whew! I’m going to hop over to your thread in WC and see what else is going on. I think that these paints might be exactly what I’ve been wishing for!

lotsa hugs to you…

G’day Jamie,
Greetings from Australia! Before I plunge into buying Golden Open Acrylics, I’d like to get an inkling of your knowkedge please, about how good you think they are compared to oils for formal portraits. Many thanks for your great informative and inspirational web site.

Trevor, “good” is such a subjective word! I’d say it really depends on your working methods and what you like to get from a medium. If I tell you that they are like oils, you will try them and find ways that they are and ways that they are not. The same would be true if I told you they are like acrylics. The fact is, they are like a totally new medium, with many of the capabilities of each, and also capabilities that neither oils nor traditional acrylics possess!

I love them, as you can tell from the sheer volume of work I’ve done with them. I love the way the color holds as it dries, retaining its vibrancy and depth. I love the way it tacks up to work layers so much faster than with oils. I love the way I can varnish and send out paintings in just a matter of weeks!

I’d suggest giving them a try with a few, high quality colors. I don’t know what your normal oils palette is for portraiture; it may be different from mine, but if you’d like to share it here, I’ll be happy to comment on what I feel would be the best of the OPEN line to give you what you’re after with a limited palette.

Something to say?