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Acrylics Anonymous, Issue #096 -- Go and Get Lost.
September 01, 2020

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Get Lost!

You’ve heard the term “lose yourself” in a task.

It’s been shown that your brain behaves similarly when painting, as it does in a meditative state.

This can give you many health and wellbeing benefits - so if you ever need (another) justification to paint, this is it! Om Namaste :D

Fun Times at Explore HQ

If you’re one of our valued Youtube channel members, or you’re subscribed to our channel, you may have already seen this vid! Just in case you need a few more laughs in your life, here is Mark being a numpty in our second lot of bloopers this year. Let’s try for a hat trick!!

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No workshops :(

It looks like we won’t be doing any workshops for a while yet. As a result we went back through our workshop notes and found some fantastic information in the archives, that you might also find useful. Here’s the link to scroll through and peruse at your leisure :)

Have a dig through our old workshop notes.

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 artist Toni from Perth, Australia with her evocative piece,"North Of Paradise". Thank you for bringing us into your world Toni, it's so great you can move around your state freely at the moment!

Click here for more info on Toni's piece "North of Paradise"

Japanese artist Akie Nakata turns stones and rocks into gorgeous animal paintings you can hold in the palm of your hand. Cute!

Check out Akie's work here :)

And, in case you were interested, I have found another side hobby - spoon carving! You can check out my work on insta and facebook

Check out my wooden pretties 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 fellow Lennox Arts Collective member and beautifully colourful and expressive painter Christine Read, and her painting "Celebration".

From Christine:

"I don’t know about you, but some paintings take a lot of deliberation and never quite come together, while others almost paint themselves!

With a minor hiccup, ‘Celebration’ was one of joy. On my birthday, right in the middle of the first Covid isolation, when I had hoped to be in England with my children and grandchildren, but was celebrating just with my husband in Australia, a huge bunch of gorgeous flowers arrived just on dusk - a total surprise from my daughter.

I just knew I had to paint their glory, so the very next day I was out with the acrylics and literally just started to throw paint at the stretched white cotton canvas. I like colour and I love to work with ‘structure’ or ‘heavy body’ paints and a mid size square end bristle brush standing at the easel. I used Gold acrylics and Matisse Structure acrylics as well as Atelier Clear Painting Medium on this painting.

I actually filmed the process in time lapse over a few days - had to get it all down before the flowers collapsed! You can watch the video here.

I did find that the image was not quite balanced, so added some elements, such as white roses twice and some of the deep red leaves. After finishing both the painting and the time lapse, I decided that the background was a bit boring, so added mad pink and sage green - then I really felt like it was a celebratory piece!

To follow Christine on her social pages,

Click here for Christine's Instagram.

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Click here for Christine's Bluethumb profile.

And click here for Christine's website!

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Until next time, make sure you stay safe and well, and chuck some paint around!

Cheers from Frankie & Mark :)

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