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Acrylics Anonymous, Issue #027 -- Cooking Up A Paintstorm!
May 01, 2014

1st May 2014, issue 027

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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Sneak Peek Just For You!

First 5 Minutes of Our Recent Webinar -- Hope You Enjoy!

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Stuck in a Color Rut?

Having a set of go-to colors are a great idea. However recipes can sometimes be formulaic.

To really add dimension, realism & color to your paintings, look around you in the real world for the "imperfections".

That dead leaf, those 2 dandelions poking up, the patch of mould - that missing bark, etc. Nature rules. That is all.

Recipes to Get You Cooking With Paint

Use our practical color mixing guide and a host of paint recipes to get you started, and over those blank canvas blues.

This page is jam-packed with great info, check it out!

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Webinar Download Now Available

Our first webinar in April was very successful, and if you missed out on "attending" you can download the footage now!

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Fiji! It's On Again!

If you're interested in coming to Mark's Fiji workshop in August, check out what it's all about! (Fun, mostly.)

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If you're anything like me, you'll find there really isn't much more fun to be had than having a good old stickybeak at other artists' painting set-ups and processes.

Artsy Shark takes you on that journey, where you'll discover some very creative people in our midst! (Mark's on there somewhere too :)

What is Artsy Shark? You'll find out here.

Art & science together again.

Most artists are naturally experimental beings, and because we're on the theme of recipes this month, I thought you might enjoy a bit of a laugh over this blog about making paints from everyday items.

Can you really make paint from condensed milk? Find out!

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 story is from Kenny Mac, ocean lover, ex-surfer and enthusiastic submitter of paintings via the Your Work forum.

From Kenny:

"My wife and I have a small gallery where we live in Bend, Oregon.  When I say small; I mean SMALL! 160 square feet. But…..our little town is becoming a tourist destination, so we wanted to at least get our foot in the door for the emerging local art market.

Here are some pics of my latest project “Acrylic on Metal Saw Blades”. It's a scene of our local mountains in the Cascade Range with the Brooks Scanlon Lumber Mill in the foreground.

I had old blades laying around so I grinded them clean and I welded them together. Then I primed them with Rustoleum and also put on a coat of acrylic gesso.

We sometimes get days here when the air is so clean; the sky almost looks like it has a black underpainting - it’s  like looking into a blue outer space. So I airbrushed deep blue over black acrylic; and then laid out the mountain range from a panoramic picture I found on the internet. I had to take some “artistic license” and move it together, in order to fit without looking recognisable.

These have been mounted on cedar with a cedar frame around the whole project. I’ve been making my own frames for some time now, but this has been an experiment!

Postscript: I have displayed it in my gallery for a couple of weeks and have got a bunch of positive remarks on it.

It is portraying the Cascade Mountain Range just west of where I live. Although it doesn't look like that now; I tried to capture what it might have been like 100 years ago. Now there is a huge outdoor mall there as well as 2 huge hotels. They kept the mill building and smoke stacks where they have always been (except the building is now an REI sporting goods warehouse)."

Thanks so much Kenny for sharing your experimental saw blade project with us, and good luck with your gallery!

If you want to check out Kenny's other paintings, just go to the "Your Work" tab on the Explore site and scroll down to have a look at these paintings by Kenny "Juicy Left", "Paradise Cove", "Invitation", "Coconut Grove" and "Older & Wiser" (among others!).

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 next time, make sure you chuck some paint around!

Cheers from Frankie, Mark & Nic :)

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