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Acrylics Anonymous, Issue #069 -- Mood Swings (and Roundabouts).
March 01, 2018

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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- Creating Mood -

This short tutorial will give you big ideas about how easy it is to create mood in your landscape paintings.

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Set The Mood

When trying to create mood - think very carefully about the exact mood you’re trying to create. Then investigate as many techniques as you possibly can in order to convey that mood as fully as possible. For example, brush technique, composition, colour, subject and medium.

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Creating Mood.

We've written a webpage utilising a few different tips and techniques to create mood in your paintings. Hope you enjoy!

Learn simple ways to create compelling mood in your paintings.

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 featuring Tracey Dawes' work, from North QLD, Australia, titled "Sunset Marina". Tracey has created abundant mood in this piece with use of soft sunset colours and cosy composition.

Click here for more on Tracey's piece "Sunset Marina"

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Ciaran Glöbel is an artist and signwriter based in Glasgow. For those of you like me, who are into design and typography as well as painting; check this video out of Ciaran resurrecting an old craft. You will need about 30 seconds to attune your ear to his accent, but you will not be disappointed!

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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 story comes from our fellow Lennox Arts Collective member, and wonderfully expressive and colourful artist, Fiona Reddoch

From Fiona:

"Sea Opals"

Today the 2 canvases I am working on, uses Alcohol Inks and acrylics. Alcohol Inks are a popular medium that I have been using for about 6 years and teaching for at least 3 years.

Firstly, I need to prime the canvases with an undercoat, as the inks will not perform well if only gesso is used to prime. Then I just make marks and patterns with the inks. Due to the nature of the inks, it spreads and forms further.

I can then manipulate this by using more alcohol, and I use brushes and earbuds to do this, expanding the shapes, adding tones and contrasts until the formation has birthed.

I work on both canvases at once, alternating from one to the other and this allows the ink time to form and to intermingle with each other.

A soft tonal wash is added to cover the stark white background.

After it has all dried, I then go back in with white acrylic paint and circumnavigate the shapes.

I then add a sky blue and a pistachio mint in acrylic. I like movement, so I add some diluted paint and tilt the canvas so it can escalade down through the vibrant blue inks.

The final touch is organic shapes using black ink.

The beauty is these canvases can be hung in any direction as my paintings have no set presentation, therefore allowing the purchaser to make the decision that works best with their décor and space.

Thanks so much Fiona, for sharing your journey of this gorgeous painting with us.

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Until next time, make sure you chuck some paint around!

Cheers from Frankie & Mark :)

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