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Acrylics Anonymous, Issue #048 -- If You Leaf Me, Can I Come Too?
March 01, 2016

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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Coastal Foliage - How?

This new “Over The Shoulder” clip direct from Mark’s studio explains how to tackle coastal foliage and leaves.

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Trees and Foliage

When painting trees, consider that leaves are going to point in all different directions. Some will reflect direct sunlight, some will reflect the sky, some will reflect the colour on the ground beneath, and others will be backlit.

All of these reflections build a convincing and compelling illusion of a tree.

The Struggling Artist - Part 6

Dick Millott is back with another thoroughly entertaining instalment of his struggles and journey back to the brush.

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Upcoming Workshops

Mark is back in the vast Western part of Australia soon; with an exhibition, four lots of workshops planned and a demo or two as well. It’s all a-happening in WA May 2016!

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Can’t find the painting info you want?

Use our search function! Go to (pretty much) any page on the web site and type what you want in the search box at the top right of the page. You’ll be amazed at the wealth of information you’ll discover.

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 Mike “Morphd” Montgomery, from Forth Worth, Texas. Fearless Frog is his fun, bright piece which was used as a "paint-along" lesson in Mike's unique class environment. Well done Mike :)

read more about Mike's “Fearless Frog”

Want to draw a perfect circle freehand?

Aha! Now I’ve got your attention for Stefan Pabst's creative solution to this ancient problem. And while you’re there, look up his 3-D drawings for some extra eyeball entertainment.

Click here to check out Stefan's circles.

Just a little closer to home are a couple of our biggest advocates, Kathy Jonas and Junita Grosvenor from Brisbane, both members of a fantastic gallery “The Old Schoolhouse Gallery” in Cleveland, Brisbane. Check out their current exhibition now!

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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 work comes from student of Inspired Artspace on the Central Coast, Katrina Markham.

From Katrina:

“Using acrylics I decided to paint my granddaughter in a more relaxed style, using kind of odd colours. But I'm finding I'm struggling with the oddity of the colours.

The background hasn't worked & so have made that a bit more realist, and that changes the look of the colouring of the figure. So, now I'm reassessing my choices. However I'm happy with the cup so will readjust. I will keep you posted.”

Thanks Katrina for sharing your work, can’t wait to see how it will end up!

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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