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Weekly BobBlast #116
"Best of BobBlast - Practice Composition Designs in Black & White." VIDEO

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Dear Artist,
Best of BobBlast...
Practice Composition Designs in Black & White.

I am on an airplane today, headed for Victoria, British Columbia to teach a workshop... so you are seeing a Best of BobBlast this week. I will be back in the studio in time for BobBlast #117. 

Before starting any painting, I write the 4 C's on the back of each piece.

First, I decide on the Concept - the big idea. The next letter C stands for Color - what color combination. Then, determine the Composition - there are twelve composition designs to choose. The final letter C stands for Commit to your original concept - meaning stop changing your mind. This helps me stay focused on the task hand - writing the 4 C's on the back is a constant reminder.

So, this BobBlast is all about practicing the twelve compositions in black and white. Think Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell. Practicing the black and white compositions daily helps painting - for me, it almost acts like "muscle memory" - It's automatic. Motherwell refers to this as Automatism - he did hundreds of graphic exercises daily.

This is what I do - watch the video for the demo!

Using heavy drawing paper or BFK Rives gray paper, I practice short exercises with a large or long brush, dipped into black fluid acrylic. I focus on a different composition each day. After awhile, the designs become automatic. Of course these composition designs work for all painting styles - abstract to realism.

Here are some resources:  

"The Collected Writings of Robert Motherwell"   Oxford University Press, 1992
Robert Motherwell - Inventions and ReInventions Series - 1975-1991

Google this:  Franz Kline - Black & White Series

Practice Practice Practice!

Here's a quick reminder about some upcoming workshops and dates. If interested, sign up now!

October 5-6, 2016 - Sponsored by the Elverhoj Museum, Solvang, CA
Abstract Painting & Collage! 
Contact info@elverhoj.org or call (805) 686-1211
Click HERE for details

There are two more Trade Shows in 2016:

Artisan-Santa Fe Expo, September 29-October 2, 2016
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Click HERE for Bob's Classes

Jerry's Artarama Art of the Carolinas, November 10-13, 2016
Raleigh, North Carolina
Click HERE for AOC Website

View Bob's Workshop Schedule, click HERE.

Hope you have enjoyed these short, weekly blasts! Sign up on my website and keep watching. There are lots of them! 

 

Click HERE to view BobBlast Issue #116
"Best of BobBlast - Practice Composition Designs in Black & White."

BobBlast Issue #116
Love, Peace & Happiness,
Robert Burridge
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Bob, in his studio, painting with Composition Designs.
video run time 5 minutes, 14 seconds

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