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Acrylics Anonymous, Issue #111 -- Colour Colour Everywhere!
February 01, 2022

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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Every month, we will produce a Subscribers Only "sealed section" - just keep scrolling to see it. It could be a painting technique, a short video tip, or anything we can think of that we reckon you might enjoy.

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In this month’s AA Sealed Section, Mark has a quick video tip especially for you!
In this one he’s using the softer Renoir brushes and discovering how great they are for line work, particularly using Free Flow.
Hope you enjoy!

Click here for the clip!

Colour Inspo! If you're looking for colour palette inspiration for the New Year, take a look outside the nearest window.

Nature rarely puts colours together that are jarring. Create some swatches for yourself from 3-4 colours in a scene, and see what happens.

This knowledge and understanding will come in very handy throughout your painting career!

It's All About The Light - Progress

We are inching ever closer to the release of this book! Join our mailing list so you’re the first to know when it's being released!

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Mark is Going to the Moon!

One of the stranger things that has happened to him (and there have been a few), Mark's episode on Colour In Your Life TV, along with around 300 other artists' episodes, is heading to the moon in 2023 with Space X and NASA!

Click here for all the info on this extraordinary project.

Meet The Wallers

From Jim Stevens, director of the film:
"On the 8th of February, the film will be showing at Sydney's Antenna Film Festival, our 6th regional film festival. Audience and media responses have been better than I could have ever imagined.
Meet The Wallers opened the Byron Bay Film Festival at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre in December and what a night, the crowd went wild!
Our marketing plan is to keep applying to get into festivals, which is outrageously competitive, have an Australian and NZ theatrical release, then stream the film.
To keep up to date with progress, follow us on Meet The Wallers Facebook
Happy painting to all."
Jim Stevens, Producer/Director

“If you get the chance to see Meet The Wallers, then do it.
It could have been self indulgent - it wasn’t.
It could have been voyeuristic - didn’t feel like it.
It could have been mawkish given the health issues - it wasn’t that either.
What it is, is a beautifully told love story with an intimacy that gives depth and leaves a feeling of light."
John De Laurence
Opening Night, Byron Bay Film Festival 2021

Click here for Antenna Film Festival Tickets

And click here for a great article recently published on the ABC website.

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 Lucy Everitt, from North Yorkshire, England with her painting,"Cityscape". Thanks so much for sharing this with us Lucy, wonderful work on a tricky subject!

Click here for more information on Lucy's painting "Cityscape"

Thought about diving into the big world of craft? This great article from our mates over at Porch gives a great insight into so many of the crafting realms you won’t know which one to try first!

Read the article here!

All about slime mould - get your science brain on and have a look at some of the craziest images we’ve ever seen of the phenomenon known as slime mould. Fascinating, and the images are something else altogether!

Discover a whole new world right 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 very own Mark Waller aka the kid with the paintbrush (Mark wants to say "the very debonaire Mark Waller) :D

From Mark:

"This piece began as a blank canvas in which I had roughy drawn up some lines and shapes to work out a commission piece for some customers. Their piece went in a slightly different direction, but I was excited about a few things. Firstly was the fact that it was a big canvas - 1.7 metres x 1m. And also the energy that I put into roughing out those lines, I wanted to drag into the actual making of the picture itself.

I wanted it to have all the colour and feel of my "normal" paintings, but with a more spontaneous and energetic vibe.

I blocked in all the major shapes and coloured areas, suggested some suds etc, and scratched in roughly where I wanted all the trees and leaves to go. I did that using really thinned out Free Flow. I used a small house paint brush to do that too.

I came back and established the foliage with a smaller brush but still keeping that vigorous and energetic flow.

I moved a few elements around for composition (the beautiful thing about acrylics is that you can just paint over stuff).

Normally I would define the ocean and then start to work more into the foreground. This time though, I defined a little bit more of the shrubbery, and then basically just meandered around the painting until it was finished.

I had a lot of fun with this one. I didn't stick to my formula. This is looser than I would normally paint, and throughout the process I left splatters of paint here and there, just because."

Thanks so much for sharing your process Mark! Make sure you're following Mark's socials for all the good stuff.

Click here for Mark's Instagram,

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And click here for his website!

We hope you enjoyed this issue of Acrylics Anonymous!

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Until next time, make sure you stay safe and well, and don't forget to chuck some paint around!

Cheers from Frankie & Mark :)

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