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Acrylics Anonymous, Issue #080 -- Upon Reflection...
March 01, 2019

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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Reflections are everywhere!

Check out this clip just for you - Mark goes through his work in progress to show where he finds and exaggerates just some of the amazing reflections found in the world!

Click here for the vid

Add More Realism To Your Waves

People tend to forget that fundamentally water is flat - and therefore whitewash sits on flat or shallow water over sand.

Therefore the bottom of the whitewash (depending on the wave intensity) tends to be flat.

Painting Reflections

In our newest webpage learn where to find reflections in the world, and why they are so important to your realistic painting practise.

Click here to read all about it!

Workshop Plans 2019

Our Esk, QLD workshop at the end of this month sold out in only 2 days. We have thoughts and plans for workshops in Victoria, NSW and Perth in 2019, so make sure you are signed up to our workshops mailing list so you don't miss out!

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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 from Iowa, USA, with the work titled "Yellow Birches". We are loving Laurie's use of dramatic perspective in this piece, and also the inspirational story that goes with it! Well doe Laurie!

Click here to read more about Laurie's "Yellow Birches"

Japanese paper artist Masayo Fukuda creates intricate, delicate 2D sculptures out of a single sheet of paper. Just incredible. Check it out!

Check out her work here.

And this new trend of “cellograffiti” - animals in unexpected places. I am constantly surprised by the originality that still comes out of people.

When you think everything has already been done, you see these artists painting on cello wrap! Check out the best cellograffiti from around the world at this insta account.

Have a squiz at the cello animals!

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 the beautiful hand of Northern NSW artist Trish Tait.

From Trish:

I’m not sure of the logic involved the day I decided to do my under painting tonal study in Langridge oil paint, Dioxazine Violet!

This beautiful old vintage cream can seemed perfectly matched with a cutting of geranium out of my garden... both pieces reminded me of my grandmother, and I felt the urge to paint this simple composition.

After completing my tonal study I felt a sudden wave of was I ever going to control this purple mess?

After recurring episodes of self doubt, I decided to forge ahead.

As the progress pics show, my underpainting choice was difficult to tame, however the final result was a very happy miracle! Sweet little glimpses of violet pop through in the shadows and reflections which I think is really nice... cadmium red light layered over the deep violet tone of the underpainted petals helped create magical velvety petals.. another little miracle!

If you would like to see more of my work you can find me on Instagram @trishtaitart 

Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us Trish. Absolutely loving the layers in the shadow areas in this one!

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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