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Acrylics Anonymous, Issue #035 -- Play It Forward
February 01, 2015

1st February 2015, issue 035

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


Artist In Focus

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.

Bloopers! Let’s face it. Life can be a bit too serious sometimes.

Here’s a collection of Mark’s funniest fails from our film crew over the past few years. Hope you get a smile and a maybe even a LOL :D

Click here to access!

Play. Try this.

Rough in a painting as you normally would. Then finish the detail in it by splatting the paint, rather than painting the paint.

Experimenting like this will cause you to laugh uncontrollably, if nothing else.

More Downloadable Tutorials in 2015!

We are planning more V-Logs this year, but need your help!

Choose from pandanus, landscape, or sun over water. If you have a strong opinion, let us know!

Click here to tell us what you'd like to see.

Upcoming Brissie Demo

If you missed out on the Brisbane workshop, don’t worry! Mark will be demonstrating Free Flow and Atelier Interactive (and how they play together) at the Art Shed on Saturday February 7th from 2pm local time. Free event, so come awn down!

Click here for more info...

Welcome to our new segment! Every month, we will choose an Artist from our forum to showcase.

You can even nominate someone if you like. (Or yourself!). To do this, check out the forum and then send us an email! It’s that easy.

This month we’re focussing on artist Linda Shelton from Orlando, and her work “Freedom!”

Congratulations Linda! A lovely piece filled with the movement and vibrancy of summer at the beach. Well done.

Read more about Linda’s Freedom

Shout out to San Fransisco! If you can get past the annoyingly upbeat presenter, you are in for a treat.

I know I’m inspired to start one of these nights in my own home town! What about you?

Check out this fun idea for your next social night out!

Like laughing? Me too. Whilst stuck in the Youtube vortex I came across this little gem to share with you, completely unrelated to painting. I did cackle! Sorry in advance for any offence taken.

Have a laugh at a young ‘uns expense :)

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.

From our own Mark this time:

Lexi’s Dilemma

A late afternoon walk when everything becomes golden is a privilege and a pleasure. Especially when there’s a large expanse of beach at low tide. The sun makes the sand golden, and the beautiful pinks, purples and blues of the sky reflected in the water. Then there’s my loony dog. She’s completely insane, and oblivious to the magnificent colour and beach around her. All she’s interested in is the ball. It seemed appropriate for me to put two slices of happiness together in this painting.

I wasn’t quite sure whether this image was going to resonate with anyone else. And to be honest, I really painted it for myself. (And my dog - who, incidentally, seems to quite like it :)

I actually really enjoy the piece - I feel as though I’ve done a pretty good job of creating the expanse of wet sand. While the painting appears quite simple, there were some tricky parts to resolve. The patterns in the water had to be exactly right, otherwise the perspective was thrown out. At one point it looked as though I was looking at two different paintings. One which was flat, and tilted away from me, and the foreground which appeared to be tilted up towards me. Very strange. It took a re-paint of the whole mid-foreground to resolve this.

I quite like it when they don’t go easily (call me a masochist, but it’s nice sometimes to have a bit of a stoush with your painting. It somehow seems more fulfilling when stand back at the end, having beaten it).

Moral of the story - happiness is walking on the beach with a loopy, happy dog.

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 :)

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