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Acrylics Anonymous, Issue #085 -- Seasonal Shift
September 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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Clearly there’s a shift of the quality and the nature of light throughout the seasons. Try doing this exercise in the same spot, once a month or so.
Take a small pad of watercolour paper and some colours out into the world, and sit and see if you can notice the difference in the qualities of the light.
It’s one thing to listen to “experts”, it’s another thing altogether to actually sit and play with the colours while observing the world closely.
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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, it's Debojyoti Boruah from India, with this glorious painting titled "Prayer". That soft light has been perfectly captured. Great job Debiyoti!
Giovanni Contardi is a Rubik’s cube artist from Italy. You won’t believe the gorgeous art he can make using mosaics in only six colours!
Check out Giovanni's awesome work!
And here’s a compelling article on unusual art forms for you. Some of these you may’ve seen in past editions of Acrylics Anonymous, but those ones are definitely worth a second look!
Unusual art forms awaits!
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 Julie Sharman - an all round lovely human being who has just taken the leap of faith into becoming a full time artist.
"Out There" is a mixed medium piece. I used Atelier Interactive and oil paints on a canvas 41cm x 51cm.
I really enjoyed painting this one. It began as series two of a set of three monochrome pieces I had planned. I blocked in with acrylic colours Paynes Grey and Titanium White until Ultramarine Blue slipped in.....I'll explain!
I began my shift from wilderness and mountain scenes 18 months ago, when I began my crusade to paint seascapes due to an overwhelming fascinating with Tasmanian water colours since moving here. This is my first 'open water' piece which helped me develop further skill with acrylic painting techniques, in particular blending along with achieving dimension in open water.
Although I think it's important to plan perspective and construct a scene before jumping in and hoping for the best, I must admit this one kind of developed as I went along. Other than I knew I was going to paint open water in monochrome, I went with the flow. I was relaxed and simply 'playing' - enjoying that feeling of going to 'the zone' I drift off to while painting. Nothing beats that.
Originally the clouds were less dramatic, with bursts of sun that needed taming, and changed into what may appear rain-like instead. Freedom of interpretation is grand in the realms of art!
I tend to be honest rather than pompous per se - half way down, while blending the water I added more Paynes Grey to my brush, without realising by mistake I had dunked it in a pile of Ultramarine Blue instead! I became aware of this after my brush hit and spread over half the canvas with paint smack bang in the middle of my monochrome piece! At first I was frustrated and began wiping the blue off like a mad woman. In the process I noticed a beautiful blue tone that really made the water 'pop'.
Although officially it can no longer be considered monochrome I left it, as the effect appealed to me. I then retouched the sky adding the same blue tone for reflective purposes.
All in all, it was another valuable lesson for me to accept and develop further through mistakes and blunders and not fear them :)
Thanks so much for sharing Jules!
If you like Julie's work and would like to see more, please check out her facebook page, right here.
For Julie's website, click here.
And to purchase Julie's work via Bluethumb, click here.
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Until next time, make sure you chuck some paint around!
Cheers from Frankie & Mark :)
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