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Acrylics Anonymous, Issue #016 -- The Best Things In Life Are Tree
May 01, 2013

1st May 2013, issue 016

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" cards.

This one is used as a reference for painting trees, grass and foliage.

Print it out and keep it close to your painting reference tools!

Click here to access!

Finesse Your Brush!

Might sound strangely obvious, but you can use your brush with purpose! For example, in a painting where you want to create depth, you can paint the foreground objects first (when there is more paint loaded on the brush).

As the paint runs out, paint your background objects. They will appear softer and will be pushed to the background because of the reduced amount of paint on your brush. No need to alter the colour. Try it out today!

Landscape Painting.

A simple process to get you started. Discover how much fun landscape painting can be, whilst filling up your soul with goodness at the same time. Win-win.

Click here to read more…

Sunshine Coast Workshop 25th-26th May.

At time of "printing" there are still a couple of spots left in our May workshop "Everyone Wants To Paint Water - Take 2!"

Click here to find out more...

How To Paint Trees.

Train your eyes to find the patterns. Then train your brush to make the patterns. Observation and technique are the key to painting great trees.

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Penny Stanton is one of our favourite people!

Not only because she hosts our Central Coast workshops, but also because she is a talented artist, savvy business woman, dedicated mum to her lovely kids, inspiring art teacher and all round top notch human.

She says of her site: "We love to have more artists join us if they are looking for an online art portfolio to share with prospective clients/buyers and friends. We call it online artshow!"

Check out Penny's site for yourself!

A little bit of shameless self-promotion now (hope you don't mind. If you do, scroll past this bit. But please don't unsubscribe. I'll be very upset if that is the reason you did. I'm sensitive like that! ;)

This site has been set up by my friend Eve, our local photo journalist and all round awesome woman, and you can click on the link under Frankie Sharman to have a look at my work if you like.

I'm not trying to sell you anything (believe me, I'm busy enough!) -- just thought you might be interested in having a stickybeak. A face behind the AA, so to speak!

Check out me, and some other nice people as well.

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's WIP is from Sami Hall from the Gold Coast, who sent us a lovely email back in March to let us know what she thought about the site. We had a bit of back and forth and I asked her if she would like to submit her work for the WIP section in AA. She initially felt a little shy about sharing her work, as she feels like she is her own worst critic (think we've all been there, Sami).

From Sami: "I attend an art class every Friday morning and we are currently following the tutorials from Len Hend's Speed Painting Number 1 DVD. (I have been hinting that Mark has some great DVDs).

This Lesson took us 4 weeks to complete.

Week 1: The tutorial is in monochrome so we can learn the techniques without worrying about colour. We used Burnt Umber and Titanium White. This is the background and the distant trees.

Week 2: We worked on the background trees using the stippling method. We loaded our brushes with Burnt Umber on one side and Titanium White on the other and, as Len put it, “dabbed dabbed dabbed” We also completed the foreground getting ready to paint in the trees.

Week 3: We used a fan brush to paint in the grass and a small round brush to do the trees. Nearly finished.

Week 4: The finished painting. We did the other tree and then used the stippling method to apply the leaves on the tree. I painted in the two birds to add a bit of life. Despite following Len's tutorial, none of the paintings turned out looking like his! As our teacher said, we all have a different approach and different styles."

Thank you SO much for sharing Sami - we think you've done a great job with your "Tree In Brown". Well done!

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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