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Acrylics Anonymous, Issue #010 -- That's The Spirit!
December 01, 2012

1st December 2012, issue 010

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!

We have been feeling the love here at AA HQ. This is our first year and proper Christmas with the Explore site, and we are feeling super warm & fuzzy about it. You are totally amazing. We are absolutely BLOWN AWAY by your support and generosity. We love you! Thank you so much for supporting the site and especially Acrylics Anonymous.

This month we are offering you a 30% discount on all items in the Explore Store until midnight 24th December.

Merry Christmas to You!

Just type in the discount code: SPIRIT at checkout.

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.

Please let us know what you think, we love your feedback! To leave comments, click here.

Control of Your Palette is Vital.

Taking control of your palette means taking control of your painting. Losing control means muddy colours, confusion and a broken mental "zone".

Keeping warm & cool "columns" and a huge palette to keep a visual history of any colours used is a great way to maintain your control, your painting, and your sanity!

Surrealism Art. Intriguing and Surprising.

Explore our newest page about surrealism art, and three tips to get you creating your own.

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Workshop Roundup!

See what the ladies got up to at Mark's latest two day workshop "Simplifying The Complex".

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Is Stretching Actually A Good Idea?

Wait I hear you say! This is not a health magazine!

Here are some points to consider when deciding on your framing options. Ahhhh yes, framing….now it makes sense…..

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Special News From The Explore Store!

Now on offer through the store are Gift Coupons.

Perfect Christmas gifts for the arty person in your life! That is, you! Give hints to your family today!

Use with your 30% discount for a deadset BARGAIN.

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I found a beauty today. Stumbling around the web in search of spirited artists, I discovered this little designing gem called Web Designer Depot. (I have a secret design crush). Most of it you might like to skip (or not!), but have a look at the link below for some inspiration from artists all around the world who live with, and create with disabilities every day.

It is a particularly poignant time of year to take stock and give thanks.

Hope you enjoy having a look around.

"I can never stand still. I must explore and experiment. I am never satisfied with my work. I resent the limitations of my own imagination." - Walt Disney.

For artists with amazing spirit, click here.

Moira contacted us via the Explore site to comment on our video clips, and offered her own site to look at. I was blown away by her use of light, movement and her magical way of capturing the innocuous moment. Stunning.

Moira was born and raised in beautiful Yosemite National Park, and now lives in the High Desert Country in California.

Moira's beautiful collection called "In The Mountains" is right here. Feast your eyeballs.

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 Geraldton artist Helen Beard. Here is her journey: "I found this painting quite a challenge.

My daughter is a very good photographer, and I spotted a photo she had taken of a sunset at Cable Beach in Broome, Western Australia, and thought I would like to paint it. I usually only paint from my own photo’s as I like to have been at the spot.  Sunsets are fleeting things though and very hard to capture.

I had the idea in my head of making the painting tall to get the effect of it coming back over the viewers head. As I later struggled trying to bring some clouds forward some back and some over the top, I came to the conclusion I must have been mad.

My initial underpainting was grey and red. I later cleared away some of the clouds to get a more open effect. I had some problems getting the perspective right so I ended up turning the photograph and the painting up-side down to clear my mind and see the painting objectively.

I decided  I needed to have a break from it that or do it an injury, so I started painting in watercolours, I know. My husband was very confused. It all turned out well in the end though, as the change of media sparked up my enthusiasm and I got back into it.

All of a sudden I could see what had to go where, and how I had to soften the clouds, and put the shadows in the right places. It was difficult because in this painting warm colours were at the back and front but the principles tone and light still applied."

Thanks for sharing Helen, we think you've done a great job.

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 :)

And in case we don't hear from you, we hope you have a wonderful festive season. See you in 2013!!

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