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Acrylics Anonymous, Issue #008 -- The Style Edition
October 01, 2012

1st October 2012, issue 008

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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Tip of the month


Links we like

Works in progress… us your paintings!

This month's Sealed Section is an "Over The Shoulder" treat, as we join Mark in the studio for a look at how to paint water - with particular focus on his technique to create that luminous squiggly refraction (technical term).

Hope you enjoy!

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Define Your Style

Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone, and just for kicks, emulate a style you admire, for example impressionism, photo realism etc.

Even if it’s just once, you will learn something. The most important thing about this exercise is that it helps you to become less precious about your work, and the process. After all, everything is an experiment!

Starting Up…Smarter!

In this follow on from our first ebooklet Setting Up...Smarter , you will learn how to build on and invest in your relationship with your paintbrushes. Knowing your paintbrushes intimately = confidence in your ability to create great paintings.

Our downloadable ebooklet "Starting Up…Smarter" is now available! Payment via donation (minimum AUD$3.50)!

The First Three Pages Are Free!

Remember all purchasers who send us a short, honest review via email will receive a 3 pack of Mark Waller blank image cards FREE!

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Investigate Your Painting Style

Our newest web page delves into some of the most popular realism painting styles, to help you discover and define yours.

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Bathurst Summer School

Mark is again tutoring with the Mitchell School of Arts from January 13-19th 2013.

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Local Workshop Dilemma!

We have a conundrum here at Explore HQ. Should we hold a workshop here at Lennox Head before or after Christmas?

Our two-day workshop in November sold out quick smart!

Please let us know your preference for either a December 2012 or January 2013 workshop.

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Jacqui Doran likes dogs. So do we.

Byron Bay artist Jacqui Doran has been painting dog portraits (among many other gorgeous images) in her distinctive luminous style for many years.

Have a look at her cute pooches, youth series as well as her fantastic sculpture. Check out Jacqui's site right here.

John Clark is an individual with a love of sharpies and words. In his words "all books should have pictures". Drawing on art nouveau and graffiti stylings, John has created a stark & compelling juncture between words and images.

Talk about defining a style for yourself! Check out his style, it's fantastic. Check out John's amazing prints right 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.

Our WIP this month comes from talented artist Christine Read.

Christine was walking around our local lake with her camera and was quite taken with the magpies warbling and chattering.  They were so inquisitive, curious and inspiring, she just had to paint them!

Christine said that the top section of the painting went well, but the middle and bottom sections just became a struggle. After sitting on the work for three weeks, she decided that the level of frustration meant painting out the offending parts and approaching it with a fresh perspective.

The result which extended the "mood" of the painting into a darker area on the shoreline and fitted better with the inquisitive nature of the magpie in the bottom left corner sat much better with Christine, and she also learnt a valuable lesson - you can paint over stuff!

As Mark likes to say, "no one dies"!!

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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