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Acrylics Anonymous, Issue #031 -- Never Work With Children - - They’re Animals
October 01, 2014

1st October 2014, issue 031

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.

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From Mark’s studio:

Check out some great tips for painting whales with this short “over Mark’s shoulder” studio peek.

Hope you enjoy!

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Working With Animals

Approach this as you paint everything else. In other words, break it down into shape, line, colour, tone etc. BUT! Making sure the lines and shapes fit together is one of the most important things when you’re trying to capture the essence of an animal. Get the shapes right, and you’ll be all right! (And your painting will work too :)

Painting Clobber

You have been waiting for this day. And it is has arrived. Unique painting aprons made with love, especially for you to then go and get painty with! Subscribers only special - FREE POSTAGE for the month of October.

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Paint Recipe - Sunset

Our “Sunset” recipe card and tutorial are almost available in the shops.

Here is your exclusive chance to download the recipe card and view the Sunset tutorial first - - AND FREE!

Click here to download your free Sunset paint recipe card.

And click here to view the Sunset video tutorial.

Woolgoolga Workshop!

Want to come to the beautiful mid-north coast of NSW and throw some paint around in October?

Click here for more info!

Honestly. If you don’t love dogs, there’s something wrong with you. There. I said it.

Check out this funny, gorgeous, vibrant “dawg art” by Alicia VanNoy Call.

Alicia’s paintings will turn you into a dog person (if you’re not already!)

Bea from the International Society of Acrylic Painters, based in Florida, would like to extend a warm welcome to you, and invite you to enter your artwork in their annual juror show.

Entry deadline is October 15, so get in now!

For more info and to download the prospectus, click here.

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 one is from our very own Mark Waller! From Mark:

”This painting is for a friend of mine who has been fighting cancer for a long time. This is her horse. Unfortunately she can’t ride as much as she likes. This piece was done for her birthday, and her husband and I conspired to do this piece without her knowledge as a surprise.

As a result, the photo references were less than perfect, but given our clandestine activities, we had to use them.

There was lots of lovely reds in her, so it seemed to me the best thing to do to paint the entire canvas using Napthol Red Light.

I then chalked in the outline to get the proportions right, and came back with Dioxazine Purple, thinned, and marked in all the lines. It was then a matter of laying in the darks, and building the highlights with thin glazes to allow the red underneath to show through.

When I was reasonably happy with the shapes and colours, I started roughing in the background. I wanted the background to be a little “scrappy” and indistinct. I then continued building the highlights on the horse, and attended to the detail around the eye.

Putting the highlights in the right spot was also challenging, as a little too much highlight, or not enough, completely transformed her face.

It’s not obvious from the piece, and despite my best intentions with my preliminary drawing, I did actually make quite a few large adjustments to the piece. My eye is not trained to the proportions of horses, so had to thicken the neck in places, and change a few bits around her nose area.

While painting the piece was a whole pile of fun, it was only half as nice as the reaction I got when Sue came and saw it.

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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