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Acrylics Anonymous, Issue #019 -- Just Another Point Of View...
August 01, 2013

1st August 2013, issue 019

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!

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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Create some perspective! A short, exclusive clip into painting your whitewash with the illusion of perspective.

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Creating Accurate Perspective

1. Start with 2 straight lines, converging to a vanishing point on the horizon line. Draw a line lightly in the middle of these lines. Now draw in your first and second "railway sleeper", which will be parallel with the horizon.

Put a ruler at the point where the railway sleeper meets the converging line (see 1.) and draw a line from that point, diagonally across that middle line (see 2.).

Where that diagonal line crosses the opposite converging line is where your next parallel railway sleeper will be drawn (see 3.). Draw it in.

Repeat the process (see 4.,5. & 6.). You can use this process in a similar way for vertical objects. Note this works for parallel, level and evenly spaced objects as well as curves (think roads, railway lines, etc)! Versatile!

Having an understanding of this will help in all your perspective in painting situations.

Perspective in Painting

Atmospheric and structural perspective in painting.  What’s the difference? Why does it matter?  What do you look for?  And really, what is the (vanishing) point??

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Colour In Your Life

Got a spare 25 minutes for some quality footage? Just in case you missed Mark's episode on TV's Colour In Your Life, here is the link!

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There are still a few places in Mark's upcoming Fiji workshop. If you are interested please contact us without delay!!

We're also planning a Gold Coast workshop on the 21st September - register your interest today!

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Sandy Price has a gorgeous blog called Hearts Landscapes, based on bits & pieces of her life - travels, daily moments, and especially her art.

Come along and join in on her artistic journey!

Have a little squiz at Sandy's world.

Aimee is the powerhouse behind this fun idea!

If you're in the Sacramento, California area you should definitely check it out. Thanks to AA reader & Explore site fan Staci for putting me onto this one! A bit far for me - - but maybe not for you!

Fun creative ideas to explore.

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 months' WIP comes from Explore site fan, regular contributor and all round good bloke Jim Parsons from the Gold Coast.

From Jim:

"I've finished  (subject to any comments by Mark) my latest painting and I've attached the progress of it. There is a couple of things I would change when I next do something similar but overall I am reasonably happy with it.

1. Roughed out with half an idea of how it should look. I thought three posts would balance to the picture.

2. Changed my mind about three posts and settled on two when I had the brainwave to make the posts look like old 'post and rail' type to give them more interest.

3. Sort of finished. I keep looking at it and think I should do more with pandanus leaves. I think the colouring in picture 2 is better."

Thanks so much for sharing Jim - loving your shadows in the sand. Very linear. Very cool.

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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