1st April 2012, issue 002

Passionate about painting with acrylics? Need a monthly fix chock full of inspiration? Need some help to take the pain out of your painting process? It's all here for you. Acrylics Anonymous. Zero elitism. Dive in.

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Subscribers only…..shhhhhh…sealed section just for you!

Tip of the month


Links we like

Works in progress…..show us your paintings!

This month's Sealed Section is one of Mark's favourite "recipes" for creating our luminous, glorious Aussie skies.

Dig in and experiment with some colour!

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Feel free to download and print so you can have it close to hand with your painting rig when inspiration next strikes!

Every month, we will produce a Subscribers Only "sealed section". It could be a painting technique, a short video tip, or anything we can think of that we reckon you might enjoy.

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Inspiration Tip

Get loose people! Grab yourselves a blank canvas and wet it thoroughly. Add your favourite acrylic colours, starting at roughly the centre with white, moving out to the edges of the canvas to darker colours. Add splatty water all over with a loaded brush and tip the canvas this way and that, watch the colours do their thang.

When dry, see what your painting is trying to tell you. Is there a painting in there? Or was it just a fun exercise to excite your mind again!

Excuse me…….I just arted…..

Mark's "Sun Over Water" workshop was loads of fun for all involved.

One enthusiastic student was heard exclaiming "Hey everyone! I just arted!". Hmmm, maybe you had to be there…. Click here to read more... To sign up for our next workshop, please contact us.

Landscape Painting Tutorial Page Now Up!

Always wanted to paint amazing landscapes? Click here to read more...

Mother's Day Is Still A Little While Away!

HOWEVER! Now is the time to start thinking all you good sons & daughters!

We have some wonderful specials on Mark's gorgeous Angel lithographs at the moment.

For the beautiful and deserving angels in your life, check out Mother , only AUD$15 + postage, for a gorgeous gift for your well deserving mother.

For those of you lamenting that it's just too hard to find time to be artful in your super busy schedules, Nicky Tillyer at Artful Genius has a solution.  Sign up for the free 12 week Artful Appreciation of Me e-spiration e-mail course.

Six fortnightly emails with some crazy, kooky, fun-lovin' and zesty idea bursts that will get you out on the streets, cutting up your mags, taking random pics and writing love letters to yourself.

Tracey's vibrant, colourful and somewhat kooky approach to her art, and her great love of animals, appealed to us all here at AA. The more you look at Tracey's site, the more you love!

Check it out here. Tracey has been pretty much chained to the easel in the lead up to her exhibition "Kaleidoscope", currently showing at Traffic Jam galleries at Neutral Bay, until April 19th. (And loving it!).

If you have a link you like, please share it with us! You can contact us to let us know. Thank you!

This is the section where you can "get your name in lights!" (well at least out there in the internet world!).

If you have works in progress you would love to show off, or finished pieces you are particularly proud of, we would love to see them!

We especially like to hear about the story behind the creation.

This month we feature great friend of Acrylics Anonymous and art teacher since 1990, Maria Heaton's amazing Trompe-l'oeil (French for "deceive the eye").

Maria wanted to create a Trompe-l'oeil piece, and then just happened to have a perfect window frame to place over it! Hope you enjoy her journey.

Do't you just love seeing where a painting takes you!

Thanks so much for sharing Maria.

Hope you enjoyed this issue of Acrylics Anonymous! If you have any suggestions, comments or feedback for the ezine or our site, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Until then, make sure you chuck some paint around!

Cheers from Mark, Nic & Frankie :)

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