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Acrylics Anonymous, Issue #006 -- Embrace your dark side….if you dare…….!
August 01, 2012

1st August 2012, issue 006

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… us your paintings!

This month's Sealed Section is another short video produced especially for you, more raw footage of Mark in the studio, but this time painting shadows.

Please excuse the first 15 seconds of unfocussed footage (amateurs!!!). It gets better!!

This video is the second in our ongoing series of "Over The Shoulder" clips.

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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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Shadows That Pop!

There is rarely a time when colour doesn't exist in your shadows.

To create life in your shadows, try using an unexpected colour such as Dioxazine Purple to give your shadows punch and lift.

Life in Shadows!…Learn to paint your shadows so that they explode with life.

Discover the amazing array of colour within shadow areas, and the secret to using it to create amazing paintings. Click here to read more...

Set up Your Workspace. Smarter.

Learn how to set up your space so you can get into your zone quickly, with our new downloadable e-booklet.

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Shhh… ebooklet in this series coming soon…….

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Your Painting Surface….

Can be more than just something you throw paint at. Explore how your surface can add dimension and interest to your paintings. Click here to read more...

Local News….

Mark is packing up and going off on a Coral Coast Adventure! Don't miss his demonstrations at Maryborough and Bargara Strawberry Fair on Thursday 2nd & Saturday 4th August. Click here to read more...

Another Karl! Karl Leitzel's work came to our attention because of the gorgeous colourful shadows he creates in his work.

This technique is particularly apparent in his Tapestries of Nature series. I think I'm in love with Bison!

Check out Karl's site right here.

Maria Gorton’s paintings, both landscape and abstract works, have nothing to do with her country, one she has ever visited, or any place in this world; they are about infinite spaces – representations of the void.

Maria is really exploring "the void" in her moody pieces. Strangely compelling and somehow disconcerting at the same time, Maria's work is infinitely interesting.

Check out Maria's site here.

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.

August's feature painter is yours truly, Frankie; and only because no one else is putting their hands up (c'mon guys, help me out here)!!!

There is a little story behind this painting named "A meeting of minds". This is my first skyscape in acrylics - my best friend Carlie asked me to paint a picture of the Byron lighthouse for her birthday, which she runs up and down every week (A full on run. I know, I did it once with her. Just the once). She has a bit of a love/hate relationship with it!

I wanted to showcase our beautifully majestic north coast sky here and that's why I decided to "mute" the lighthouse using newspaper, charcoal, and a very thin purple glaze over the top at the end.

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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