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Acrylics Anonymous, Issue #087 -- Friends and Family, Gather Round.
November 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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The Power of Suggestion.

Sometimes what looks like detail, is actually only a loose suggestion.

I like to paint “holes” in my tree foliage to create the illusion of the sky behind. Instant dimension.

Let's Get Spiritual.

As most of you may know Mark has been through some cancer "stuff" in the last few years. He has been writing a lot about his experience over this time, and wants to share his experiences in the hope they're useful for others. Check out his new blog "dance with cancer" over on his website.

To see the first of Mark's blog posts, click here.

Still on Cancer and Personal Growth.

Mark's writings about his experience have also made it into an 8" x 8" hardcover "coffee table" style book and includes passages of text and paintings from him, which will be published later this month in a limited edition and shipped from the 1st December. This book is available now for pre-sale from his website here.

And for a free digital sample of the book, see the link below!

Click here for Mark's digital book "Musings from a dance with cancer"

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 Ames, Iowa with her painting titled "Charlie on the Beach". We love our dogs here at Explore Acrylic Painting and couldn't resist!

Click here for more information on Laurie's image "Charlie on the Beach"

Joe Fenton is a British artist and sculptor who mainly works in monochrome. I have seen his work around online before and have always been fascinated by his intricate and detailed, surreal process. Slightly dark, super interesting, check out this video filmed over two years of the making of his piece “The Last Bacchanal”

Click here to see Joe's amazing process.

And these young actors from the Ludovica Rambelli Theatre recreate Caravaggio’s paintings in living colour!

Check them out 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 Joyce Carter, a brilliant artist from Canada. From Joyce:

"I have finally completed a new painting, and I hope you like it.

I felt compelled to paint this image for many reasons.  Canadians generally LOVE summer!  We often feel that the season is too short!

Families that are fortunate enough to have cottages in the “country”, often pass them down through the generations because they represent times of relaxation, laughter, great food, friends, water sports, and most of all family memories!  I know the family in this image and have been moved by their story of support and love.

I wanted the painting to show that “family feeling”.  I also wanted it to reflect the desire, most of us have, to be part of a family like that.

My medium is acrylic and the painting is 20x24” on a 1.5” gallery canvas. I use Golden professional acrylics. I chose the underpainting colour to add warmth to the blues and greens that predominate, and decided to start with my focal point.  The trickiest part here was to get the values on the dock correct.  That was ongoing throughout.

Before the foliage was added, I was starting to like the “feel” of it, but the first stroke of branch felt like I was putting a huge X over everything.  I had to leave it for a while before getting the nerve to just “go for it”.  

In refining things, I worked on the shadows, gave more definition to ambiguous areas, adjusted the shoreline, and hoped for the best!"

Thanks so much for sharing Joyce!

If you like Joyce's work and would like to see more, please check out her instagram page, click here.

And for Joyce's website, 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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