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Acrylics Anonymous, Issue #074 -- The Pointy End of the Hairy Stick
August 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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Think Technique

When you're a beginner, don't expect that by dabbing your paintbrush at the canvas, you will create beautiful clouds or whitewash (for example).

There are specific patterns and shapes that need to be created that won’t be successfully done by dabbing. Think a soft touch and with the above examples, a gentle cross-hatch technique works really well.

Chuck Black

Wildlife Artist and Conservationist, generous soul Chuck shares his life with us in our exclusive interview.

To find out more about Chuck click here!


You'll find some great info on brush technique with our webpage chock full of info!

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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 featuring Laurie Hoifeldt, from Iowa, USA, with her painting titled "Moon Boat". A beautiful moody piece using some gorgeous compositional technique. Thanks so much for sharing Laurie!

Click here to read Laurie's story about her "Moon Boat"

Swedish artist Julia Kocevas has some incredible patience and talent. Just her and her copic markers create exceptional pointillism work. I bet you haven’t viewed enough stippled artworks lately! Check out her instagram here:

Julia's amazing stipple work is right here.

Looking for some inspiration? Check out these sketchbooks and make no more excuses!

A great idea for great ideas.

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 short and sweet story and image comes from talented artist and friend, Fran Hall.

From Fran:

"I’m finding my way back to painting and I am drawn to colour, the sky and water. Having followed Acrylic Anonymous and enjoyed Mark’s generosity when it comes to him sharing his knowledge and skills for a while, I recently had the good fortune to be able to attend a weekend workshop with Mark and Frankie.

This is a piece I have been working on since then (in between my day job), trying to practice some of what I have learnt.

One of the many things I took away from that weekend was how to really look at the colours in the sky, the horizon, the water and the sand.

I work in Acrylics and this piece is a real WIP. It is practice, practise, practice. So far I have about five layers on here and I’m not done yet.

I can’t believe how much of a challenge it can be to paint a horizon! It was driving me crazy. Finally, after many days I realised that whilst my easel looked straight it wasn’t level. Why it took me so long to work this out I really don’t know. Finally I’m happy with the horizon, clouds, sky and sand I will go back and work some more on those pesky waves.

I love the process of creating - and I have a long way to go - but this is fun!"

Thanks so much Fran for sharing with us!

To check out Fran's instagram, click here.

Hope you enjoyed this issue of Acrylics Anonymous!

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

Cheers from Frankie & Mark :)

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