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Acrylics Anonymous, Issue #105 -- Living On The Edge.
July 01, 2021

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 Edges of Things.

The edges of leaves, new shoots, and in dark corners, are great places to look for flashes of colour.

These also present great opportunities to add a bit more zest, zing and life to your paintings!

Prints Against Poverty

We have recently partnered with this incredible Aussie company to produce prints of some of Mark's most impressive images. Prints Against Poverty funds micro-loans for women in Indonesia to help bring them and their families out of poverty. So far they've helped 5,500 people to do this!

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New Tutorial on our Youtube Channel

We have recently released a new full length tutorial to on painting the Aussie bush, using the pivotal colours of Forest Green, Burnt Umber and Dioxazine Purple. Hope you enjoy!

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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 artist Judi Jorge, from Beverly, MA, with her painting,"The Lamp Shop". Thanks so much for sharing your painting and your story Judi, and some great advice on breaking down such a complex subject!

Click here for more information on Judi's "The Lamp Shop"

Artist Elijah Secrest creates the most incredible, unique sculptures and jewellery using wire, metals, fabric, glass and whatever is around at the time!

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And Artist Colin Roberts creates intricate, colourful pillow sculptures out of pieces of coloured plexiglass. Incredible work!!

Check out Colin's pillow sculptures 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 our own Mark Waller!

From Mark:

"We’ve had a lot of windy, stormy weather recently. There was so much movement, clouds scudding, spray coming off the back of waves, shrubbery moving - it had to be represented in a loose way, so I put my usual way of painting aside.

I put some loud music on, plenty of paint on the palette, and went mental while holding the image of all of that movement in my head.

I started off with a series of photo references like the one below to give me a sense of the feeling of the day, and then promptly abandoned them :D

What followed then was a strange mixture of unco-ordinated “dancing” - bad 80’s rock moves, and a complete immersion in the canvas.

I started with the sky, to establish the light, using French Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Umber and a touch of Cadmium Yellow Medium, and also a touch of Pthalo Blue and Dioxazine Purple in a couple of spots. There’s more Dioxazine Purple and Pthalo Blue in the darker areas and then in the lighter there’s more Cadmium Yellow Medium and Burnt Umber.

I used those darker colours as shadows in the whitewash as well. I mixed up some Forest Green, Dioxazine Purple and added some of the sky colour, and blocked in some of the shrubbery.

Then I mixed up some Dioxazine Purple, Cadmium Yellow Medium and some sky colour, along with a pile of white, and roughed in the sand around the trees and shrubbery.

I got the darkest sky colour, added some white and French Ultramarine Blue to that, and added some slightly paler colours to the whitewash, before eventually adding white to the highlights.

Because I worked so quickly, the paint was very wet, so there was quite a lot of blurring of colours and mixing of colours on the surface. At this point a lot of the processes I often used were thrown to the wind (sorry, bad pun), and I to'd and fro’d with all the relationships and colours, adding a little more form and structure.

I came back with some paler greens and created the shapes of the bushes, added some Cadmium Yellow Medium to that and then added some highlights. A flash of Pthalo Blue + sky colour through the face of the wave, and some suds trailing up the face, finished off with some spray off the back of the wave, and the first stage was done. Time went fast.

I have an unconscious phobia about too much exposed white canvas, so I went back and re-established the sky, and warmed it up a touch. I played with that warm to cool process a little more to add a bit more depth to the picture. I then started working the greys into the water, and some of the creams into the sky and into the highlights on the lips of the waves, and the foam spraying off the back.

I then re-solidified the whitewash a bit more - gave it a bit more strength and form, because I wanted this picture to be quite loose - but I still want there to be some nuance in it that’s a little bit developed.

Then I worked some purples into the shadows on the sand dunes, because I wanted to create the impression that the sand dunes in the foreground are in the direct sunlight, and mixed up some Cadmium Yellow Medium and Dioxazine Purple, leaning more towards the yellow to create the highlights on the sand dune, to suggest that there was some quite intense light from the left hitting the sand dunes. I then worked back through all of the foliage with a dry brush, and suggested grasses and the tips of grasses being hit by sunlight, but still leaving it quite grainy and loose.

I then went back and re-established the shrubbery in the foreground. When that was done, I mixed up a series of colours. One to represent highlights of light hitting grasses and leaves, and shadows in the foliage, and with a small brush and gently using the edge of it to suggest the scraggly, broken up nature of the bush. I got some Permanent Alizarin and Cadmium Yellow Medium and strategically put flecks of this colour mix through the grasses and foliage to create some warmth, and made a similar process in the shadows with turquoise to throw a little bit more unexpected colour into the mix.

I wanted to create the impression of dark storm clouds out to sea, and a break in the clouds, and wanted to bring that warmth and light into the foreground, and that ominous cloud bank further out to sea. Perhaps a metaphor ??? ;)

Hope you guys can feel the movement and mood of this piece “The Storm”."

Thanks so much Mark for giving us your process of creating this incredibly moody and dynamic scene. To follow Mark on his socials,

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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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