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Acrylics Anonymous, Issue #045 -- Fa La La La La, La La La Laaaaaaa!
December 01, 2015

1st December 2015, issue 045

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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Is Your Painting Lacking Something?

Want to put some zap in your paintings and give them a nice contemporary edge? Try an unusual shape canvas, or crop your picture closely for dramatic effect.

Interview with an Expert

Check out our interview with Chroma Australia owner, founder and Chief Paint Inventor Jim Cobb. Love Jim!

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The Struggling Artist - Part 5

This month’s article from Dick highlights just how much of a struggle being an artist truly is. We can all relate, and we want you to know here at AA HQ, we have your back.

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Every month, we 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 focussed on artist Teresa Super and her great painting “Whispers Of The Ocean”. This is Teresa’s 4th attempt at painting waves and she has done a spectacular job! Keep on chucking that paint around Teresa :)

read more about Teresa’s “Whispers Of The Ocean”

Joel Rea. Wow. What fantastic paintings. Surreal and quirky, Joel’s work is beautifully rendered and emotionally evoking. Plus he’s Aussie - hurrah for Joel!

Click here to awe over Joel’s work.

It’s quite hot in Australia at the moment, so I thought we could do with some cool inspiration. Have a look at this snow scene tutorial from Christine Kane - she uses watercolour and pastel for this, but the principles will apply to acrylics & oils too. Layering is key for this one.

Click here for a chilly snow scene tutorial.

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 large scale painting comes from Don Burns, from the US.

From Don:

“My friend Sam lives in Mesa, Arizona. In his backyard he has two enclosures, one is like a tropical tiki bar, and the other is sort of Southwestern. I call it the Alamo. Sam asked if I would paint a 4' x 7' ocean mural behind his tiki bar. So in 2007 I painted a seascape mural for him.

I hadn't seen him since 2007. He called in June this year, and asked if I would paint a desert landscape on a 4' x 16' wall in the Alamo.

The first photo is the sky, and clouds. I then added the distant mountains. Next came the mid- range mountains, and the beginning of the foreground foliage. And finally the finished work.”

Many thanks to Don for sharing - Don also mentioned to me his work was inspired by Mural Joe’s tutorials. So thanks Mural Joe as well :)

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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