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Acrylics Anonymous, Issue #097 -- Fall in Love With Your Planet.
October 01, 2020

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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Especially for YOU!

A whale painting demonstration. Half an hour of painting the details of these majestic creatures - simple colour mixes and heaps of information to help you paint whales! :)

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Get (Re)Connected.

It’s easy to see us as separate from the planet in some ways. I often talk about sitting in nature and investigating.

If we continue to ask questions, eventually we will come to the place to discovering that we are actually not at all separate, and part of this wonderful incredible planet. Having this knowledge gives you the power to create and remain inspired endlessly. There’s no end to what you can learn.

Universal Medium and Varnish

If you're baffled by mediums in general, have a read about one of Mark's favourites, the extremely versatile Universal Medium/Varnish by Atelier.

Read all about it right here!

Meet The Wallers Documentary

Mark has had award-winning documentary filmmaker Jim Stevens following him around for the past 18 years with a camera (!!).

Screen Australia have come on board with some funding so that this incredible story can be seen on screens around the world. Here's the info from Screen Australia on the latest round of funding docos, including Meet The Wallers.

Click here for the Screen Australia info.

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 Steve from Tasmania, Australia with his dramatic piece,"Bluff Hill Point West Coast of Tasmania Australia". Thank you for sharing your painting Steve, we love the realism of this painting!

Click here for more info on Steve's piece "Bluff Hill Point"

Australian artist Tanya Wursig has a compelling style which depicts strong cultural connections to the planet, living three months of the year in Tahiti. Watch her fascinating (with a beautiful piece of cinematography) story here:

Click here for Tanya's story and her work.

If you had any doubt about our connection to this planet and all the creatures in it, make sure you check out this beautiful show on Netflix if you haven't already - "My Octopus Teacher":

Click here for the gorgeous trailer for My Octopus Teacher

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 incredible local Artist and photographer Mia Briggs with her amazing portrait of her friend's daughter Kat.

From Mia:

"People keep telling me that painting is a gift and that I have a talent for what I do! 

It’s funny, I keep saying that I have no idea what I am doing until I am in the painting itself.

All the mistakes and all the surprises are found within my works and the finished product can be an absolute surprise when I stand back and see what I have created, then I wonder how I actually managed to achieve what I did.

I never started painting till I was in my 50s, my only regret is that I didn’t start earlier or have the support and encouragement to do so from my parents or partner at the time. 

This is a painting of Kat, a friends’ daughter, who worked for the New Zealand base station in Antarctica.

It was a challenge that I wanted to try, and at the time I was fortunate enough to have a studio where I was able to keep my work set up, and where I could return to each day and start where I left off the day before. 

The blank canvas is always a daunting starting point for most artists, so the quicker you can get a foundation of colour down the better.

My paintings go through an ugly stage before they transform into a more realistic version of what I am trying to achieve. I hate anyone seeing this stage of the painting process until I am further along the journey and I am actually liking it myself, then I don’t care who sees and it is actually nice at this stage to get some feedback. 

I can spend hours looking at my work till I know what the next move might be, and then I can spend hours lost in a painting itself experimenting with colour to find what might work. This is probably the best stage for me, however if someone was to walk in on me at this stage, then it’s all over, the mood has been lost! 

I am a bit of a perfectionist (something that I am going to try and let go of), so I never really give up on a task that I have set myself, even if that means walking away from it for a while. 

The first section of this painting is to draw the picture on the painted background and getting all the proportions correct, this can be redrawn again later further down the track.

The second stage is a really ugly stage for me, where I am trying to get a bit more of a 3d look to the painting but no real rendering at this stage.

The third stage is the eyes, this is so important otherwise the whole painting will not work. For me, this can take the longest and I can agonize over this section for days, however when I do get them correct it’s such a wonderful moment, then I know the rest of the painting will be much easier.

The last stage is going over everything and making sure it’s all harmonious and correct as well as knowing when to walk away before you have gone too far.

Thanks so much for sharing the journey of your wonderful painting of Kat, Mia! To follow Mia on her social pages,

Click here for Mia's Instagram

and click here for Mia's Facebook!

Hope you enjoyed this issue of Acrylics Anonymous!

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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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