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Acrylics Anonymous, Issue #051 -- A Word Is Worth A Thousand Pictures
July 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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Simple But Happy.

Mark’s tip for this month is a simple message after his recent massive journey.

Paint, paint, paint, paint, paint, and love every second of it! Because you never know when the last time you pick up a brush will be.

Atelier Unlocking Formula

Find out more about this great product from Atelier, and just how versatile your Interactive paints can become.

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Mark’s Health

Mark and his family have been going through quite a time of late. We so appreciate the flood of support which has come in from all corners of the globe. Please consider sharing our fundraising link to your networks - there is quite a journey ahead.

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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 Linda G from Dale City, Florida, with her painting, “Sunset Breeze”. We’ve gone a bit sunset mad this month and Linda’s painting is a lovely example of a beautiful sunset. Well done Linda!

read more about Linda's “Sunset Breeze”

Anthony Howe - HOWE does he do it?? Beautiful. Stunning. Hypnotic. This is what I want to make when I grow up. (And obviously along the way learn about engineering, physics, geometry, etc :)

Click here for some stunningly beautiful sculptures.

Theo Jannsen is another artist bordering the realm of creating beauty or insanity. Look at these “animals” for too long and you’ll agree that they have their own lives. Utterly fascinating.

Click here to check out Theo’s TED talk on his creatures.

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 our very own Mark Waller.

From Mark:

“Every now and again a painting stands out for one reason or other. Sometimes it's because it challenges, sometimes it's simply because it's a piece you are proud of for some reason, or even just a small part of it sings.

This painting is one that stands out for me. It's not a painting that challenges me particularly. It is similar to pieces I have done before. This painting excites me because it represents the first time I picked up a brush after my brain surgery.

I had a commission to do before the surgery. Afterwards I wasn't sure if I has lost any "feel" or understanding of what I had to do to make a painting. This was a big deal.

To test the water, I used a cheap canvas and just blocked in the picture in the same way I would have, prior to the surgery. Tears of joy. I stood and wept. It was all still there. I just poked the paint around for a bit, enjoying the feel of the process and literally crying with happiness. The light faded and beat me but I sat, overwhelmed by relief and joy.

Empowered by this I embraced the actual (much larger) commission and repeated the process of getting the bones down. The thing I noticed was that the questions were still there. How much Ultramarine should I add here? How do I get the shadow of the wave colour to look right in the area where the sun is reflected? What marks should I make to suggest the surface of the water? On and on, question after question. This was the most exciting thing - the questions were still there.

For me, the painting never quite looks right until all the questions are gone, or have been answered. This work in progress is not the greatest painting I have done.

It is however, the painting that I have done, where I was present to being the most grateful for the gift that is “chucking paint around”.

Finding magic in the world and regurgitating it in some way on canvas has to be one of the greatest experiences of my life.”

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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