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Acrylics Anonymous, Issue #013 -- Lucky You! It's Issue 13.
February 01, 2013

1st February 2013, issue 013

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!

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.

Your Sealed Section this month is one of Mark's "Default Settings". We know you want to be in that crystal clear turquoise tropical water - and painting it is the next best thing!

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Bring Your Skills Back to The Basics

A colour gradation is one of the most fundamental skills in the painting process to master.

Once mastered, you are able to realistically produce almost any image you want. From skies through to water, mastering painting a smooth transition of colour is your basic building block of painting.

Just What Is Modern Abstract Art?

Find out exactly what the heck it's all about, and get some ideas for creating your own modern abstract art masterpiece!

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Workshops Workshops Workshops!

Read about what happened in Mark's latest workshop "Dynamic Paintings - Simplified" held in January at Lennox Head.

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And for upcoming workshops, click here…

Create Some Texture!

Exploring your artistic bent can take you on some amazing textural journeys. Have a look at some ideas here for creating great textured effects in your own paintings.

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Abstract Park is a blog site mainly for downloading wallpapers. If you're anything like me though, sometimes you need a little pointing in a different direction (read: inspiration from elsewhere!) to allow you to find a style you like.

The images on this site will give you some amazing ideas to explore and inspire your own abstract style.

More inspiring images for your eyeballs!

My other pick this month is a bit of a (borrowed - thanks NZ) Aussie icon, Reg Mombassa. I have loved his art from when I was a teenager and the surf brand "Mambo" adopted his art for their clothing range. It was all the rage in the 90's!

You may also remember him from the band Mental As Anything. Very talented guy. You may love it or hate it, but his work is always interesting. Check out his abstract and surreal style of art, I dig it.

Reg is inspired by the wind, semi-professional birthday clowns, heavy machinery and the behavior of domestic animals. Did I mention I enjoy people with a quirk factor??

Reg Mombassa's art.

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.

Mark's painting is being featured as our WIP this month (come on guys, please send me your work!!). From Mark: "Call me a small child, but that light play in shallow water is completely mesmerising and intoxicating. I can stand there for hours and watch it. Such a simple thing, and yet so much going on.

For me, more than probably most other paintings, this really is a dance with my mediums and the surface. I use large brushes and block in a great big gradation of colour as my foundation, in kind of muted greeny-beigy tones.

Then I really dig out my dancin' shoes for the refraction process. All those wonderful abstract squiggles. The process of painting this appears chaotic, but it really is important where you put your marks. That's part of the fun of it for me. It's like balancing on a fine line between allowing the paint to move on its own, and yet all the time being mindful of each mark you make.

The next part of the dance is the reflections of the sky on the backs of the waves. I can't paint it without moving around! Depth and dimension. Ahhhhh."

Thanks for sharing Mark - don't know about you but I want to dip my toes in there, I can feel the sand squishing under my toes.

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 Frankie, Mark & Nic :)

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