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Acrylics Anonymous, Issue #123 -- Coasting.
April 01, 2023

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.

Please let us know what you think, we love your feedback! To leave comments, contact us here.

Learn how to paint this gorgeous coastal background!

Here's what our upcoming Esk workshop participants will be working on before the May weekend. Click below for the vid, to follow along. Part 2 coming in July 2023.

Click here for the video link.

This is a gift.

Feeling sometimes that there’s other things you “should be” doing?  Remember, the universe took a long time to build, and a lot of stuff happened for you to even exist.

You’re here for approximately 84 years.  If you want to spend your time in front of a canvas, just do it.  It’s a gift.

More Changes.

You may've noticed we've made some changes to the website shop in the last couple of months.

We are no longer offering hard copy DVDs - but don't stress, we still have all tutorials available as downloads, including the DVD content. We hope the changes are making it a bit easier for you to navigate our site!

A Podcast?

Guys, we are considering the idea of creating a podcast around Mark's experience with brain cancer. He spends a lot of time talking to people about his experiences, who seem to get some value from this.

Is this something you'd be interested in listening to? Do you have any questions for Mark about your cancer experience? Let us know through the form below.

Contact us if you're interested in being involved.

Fiji Workshop - November 2023

Mark is coming back to Fiji for another fantastic tropical workshop this November. Check out the link for all the info and make your booking now! Limited places!

Click here for more information on Mark's Fiji workshop!

More Workshop News!

Due to our last workshop selling out in just a few hours, we are in the planning stages for two more workshops this year in Woolgoolga (June 2023) and Esk (August 2023). Join our workshops mailing list and keep an eye on our socials for all the info when it becomes available!

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New on Youtube

Since the last AA we have released several more short form "Thoughts from the Easel" videos. Here's a few more little *pauses* in your day that you may not have seen yet.

Click here for the short "Not Much"

Click here for the short "Awake"

Click here for the short "Seems a Shame"

And click here for the short "Forgetting"

**Meet The Wallers**

Now streaming for only AUD$7.00!
And with your exclusive discount, you will only pay $5.25 to see this epic film of Mark's life.
Filmed over 20 years, this is a film like no other.
You don't want to miss this!

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 Stephen, from Brisbane, QLD, Australia, with their painting "Collaboration of Lessons". Thanks so much for sharing this with us Stephen, you have done a great job consolidating the information from Mark's tutorials!

Click here for more on Stephen's painting "Collaboration of Lessons"

Alyssa Jos creates incredible textile art using nature's own materials. Check out her inspiring work on her instagram here,

and this reel is particularly compelling!

UK Artist Ed Fairburn creates stunning portraiture in his collaboration with cartography and ink - a process he called topopointillism.  His process is fascinating, the results, incredible.

Check out his work 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 inspiring local artist Trish Tait, who we were lucky enough to have a submission from back in March 2019.

From Trish:

“Double Vision” 

Recently I revisited my pile of failed portraits I have stashed away in a corner of the studio. 

I chose one and decided to sand back the original portrait on timber panel and start again… 

After spending some time with the sanded (partly visible portrait), I decided to sketch up the same portrait again of my son that I had attempted 2 years previously, exploring the idea I had of creating a double portrait. It’s important to note that all my portraits always begin with a pencil tonal study, before I begin the painting process. 

Using oil paint, I mixed my skin tones to compliment the under colour of the board, and proceeded to paint in the details.

I wanted the double portrait to allow the viewer to consider two different perspectives of the same person.

The front portrait captures his physical appearance and expression, while the portrait behind suggests another aspect of the his personality… Recycling old work with fresh eyes can often create a little bit of magic!! 

Thanks so much for sharing this incredible painting and process with us Trish!

You can find most of Trish's work on her instagram here.

Pop over and say hi! 😊

Or for more info on Trish’s work, check out her linktree here.

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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