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Acrylics Anonymous, Issue #077 -- A Brush With Reality
November 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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Know Your Brushes!

This in depth clip will help you understand your paintbrushes more intimately.

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Is The Fear Taking Over?

How do you get over the fear that with your next brushstroke you may ruin all your good work so far?

There’s actually two things you can do here to support yourself. One is physical (ie use Unlocking Formula, Atelier Interactive artists acrylics and Universal Medium to support your process).

The other is more important, and is a mental factor. You have to be ok with the fact that you may have to paint over your work!

Basically you need to be willing to f*&^ up. And the good news is, the more you stuff up, the more you’ll know what NOT to do next time!

Beachscapes Recipe Book

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AND Just On This!

Our hard copy version is HOPEFULLY coming before Christmas! Keep your eyes peeled on the socials for updates.

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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 Rekha, from Melbourne, Australia with the work titled "Beyond The Palms". We are loving the realism, the depth and the light - great job! Thanks so much for sharing Rekha, and also inspiring our tip this month!

Click here to read more about Rekha's painting "Beyond The Palms"

Vera Shimunia is a Russian artist creating visually arresting landscapes using textured embroidery thread.

Your eyes will thank you!

Check out her instagram feed here

Is there really anything more satisfying than watching master glass artists? This video from the Corning Museum of Glass shows how a dragon stemmed goblet is made using a variety of glass techniques. Grab a beverage of choice and settle in for a fascinating 12 minutes!!

Check out this fantastic glass art here!

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 submission comes from one of the most wonderful humans we know, Narelle Bretherton. A beautiful artist and a gorgeous, generous soul.

From Narelle:

I am originally from Melbourne and studied Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts. I have been painting for many years, and have always lived by the sea. I now call Lennox Head, NSW home. I am a member of the Lennox Arts Collective, a gallery and workshop space in Lennox Head, NSW.

I find inspiration in the 'everyday'. I like to paint small and intimate realist paintings on plywood that document place and time - the often unnoticed moments and places that colour our lives.

This painting is part of a recent body of work documenting the last of the beach shacks, buildings, landscapes and caravans around my home. I hope to capture the essence of my coastal town and the nostalgic feel of a simpler time.

I work from a photographic reference, often just an iPhone photo that I snap when I see a great idea for a painting!I love to paint on plywood and leave some of the timber grain showing for some added interest and that retro feel that I love.

I use acrylic paints and start with a pencil sketch and then a tonal underpainting in a warm colour which later compliments the next layer.I find this part a bit tedious but I really like to get everything in its right place before adding colour.

Then the fun bit....painting in the colour and detail!!...but not too detailed...I like it to look a little bit painterly still!I can sometimes get a bit caught up in this part and take it too far but was happy with this one.

I was especially happy with the windows but not at all happy with the foliage in the shrub on the right....(that will actually be repainted in the near future!!).

I often add a glaze (using Universal Medium) in places too...very handy for shadows or slightly changing the tone if I need to tweak it. And Voila!!!!....a little beach shack has been documented!

This one is titled "I'm Still Standing”.

She is one of the oldest places still intact in our little beach side town! The painting is pretty teeny..12x12inches.

I am also very fond of painting in a square format!

Thanks so much to Narelle for sharing her gorgeous work with us yet again! We love you Narelle! Follow her on instagram here: click here for Narelle's instagram

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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