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Acrylics Anonymous, Issue #036 -- Light, Paintbrush, Action!
March 01, 2015

1st March 2015, issue 036

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.

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What do we all want to capture as painters?

That’s right……The Light!

Hope you enjoy this short clip from the studio where Mark explains the benefit of using pure white to highlight your leaves. Tuck in!

Click here to access!

Create Serrated Leaf Edges.

To create the impression of serrated edges on leaves, eg pandanus, aloe, yuccas and other succulents, use a broken, dotted white line.

The Atelier Free Flow Titanium White is great for this.

How To Paint Fabric.

Learn how to find the nuance to create your own beautiful fabric with our newest tutorial webpage.

Choose a loose impressionist style, or a more realistic approach.

Click here to read more…

Upcoming Workshops

For the latest information on workshops in Australia and overseas, make sure you’re signed up to our workshops mailing list.

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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 Carole Elliot from Australia, and her work “Incoming Tide II”

Congratulations Carole! A pastel artist turned acrylic painter, yay!! Beautiful work on a difficult subject.

Read more about Carole's Incoming Tide II

A digression from painting, however I thought you may be interested in my fun side project, capturing the sun’s path across the sky using pinhole cameras.

Creating solargraphs is an amazing, surprising, and super fun thing to do. Not to mention addictive.

Check out my side project here!

...And yet more fun sun creative inspiration! Have you heard of Inkodye by Lumi? Print or paint using photosensitive inks, and read about the inspiring Lumi story right here. It’s totally excellent. Really.

Want to be inspired by more creative souls? Read on!

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 painting is from our local postie, artist and general reprobate (and good sport), Brett McCormack:

Big Lefty

"I've turned my brushes to surfboards because I'm bored with the structured measurements of canvas. With this particular surfboard I wanted to retain as much of the original colour of the fibreglass and foam as possible, so that as the surfboard aged the colour would darken and accentuate the mood portrayed.

Like most of my paintings I had no image to copy, or lines to follow and it quickly became a big left hander. I tried to re-capture the colour of the board to re-intergrate back into the wave. For me a painting is about layers, if I’m not happy about one layer I go over it, if I am then I use it.

Overall I'm happy with the image, surreal or whatever, but at the end of the day it's better than it looked. Like it or not!”

Thanks so much Bretto for submitting your wave for us, and your process behind painting it. Most excellent!

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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