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August/September 2014

Welcome Back!

Boat Rides at Dillman’s Resort Workshop
Boat Rides at Dillman's Resort Workshop

I've been on the road again! First, a beautiful environment and one of my favorite weeks at the famous Dillman's Resort in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin to teach a Contemporary Figure Painting & Collage Workshop. I eagerly return each year because Dillman's is such a popular place for creativity. Their hospitality is the best in the business, hands down. Twenty students from around the United States kept this workshop visually hopping.

Happy Birthday to Bob!
Happy Birthday to Bob!

Oh, and they threw a Surprise Birthday Party! Denny Robertson mounted and lit 71 candles on the "party log" It took three students and a blow torch to light! Then it took me three blows before we burnt the place down!

Stacy & Jerry’s Artarama Workshop
Stacy & Jerry's Artarama Workshop

In July I flew to the spacious Jerry's Artarama Workshop in their Raleigh, North Carolina store. Stacy, Jerry's event coordinator extraordinaire provided all the comfort and attention twenty students needed. Having an art supply store right there next to the workshop room created a "kid in the candy store" atmosphere! A major convenience for all of us. I spent my paycheck several times. I always buy my favorite charcoal, various sketchbooks and favorite long tacks at Jerry's Artarama - oh and something goofy, yet educational for the grandkids!


Sketchbooks & Art Papers at Jerry’s Artarama
Sketchbooks & Art Papers at Jerry's Artarama

And for the third return trip we landed in Calgary, Alberta Canada to teach Abstract Painting & Collage for Louise Hall's Leading Edge Art Workshops.


Calgary Workshop
Calgary Workshop

Calgary Workshop Room
Calgary Workshop Room

Twenty-four Canadian painters made this workshop an excellent time for us and produced a ton of work in only four days. The abstract and collage work they created awed me. Again, the professional hostess, Gloria made us feel very taken care of. Well run, no glitches and plenty of table space for all!


Calgary Workshop Group Photo
Calgary Workshop Group Photo

On the fifth day in Calgary, Kate and I presented our Art Marketing workshop to thirty-three eager artists who left with useful and need-to-know info on how to create a profitable lifestyle. Their positive evaluations of the day makes us proud to continue sharing marketing tips that work for us.


Edmonton Workshop Demo
Edmonton Workshop Demo

But wait - There's more! Then we headed up to Edmonton, Canada for yet another four day "repeat performance for sixteen painters. We return to the Leading Edge in April, 2017. Maybe by then I'll figure out their money of Loonies and Toonies! (Loonies? Oh those crazy Canadians!)

It's Time for the Trade Shows!

Art Materials Trade Show
Art Materials Trade Show

There are many popular art materials trade shows and conventions with workshops and demos all over the country! A few reasons why you need to attend:

1. Half day and full day workshops with top notch instructors.

2. You get to try new materials in a workshop setting.

3. Deep discounts for Art Materials!

Along with other nationally known instructors, Bob will be teaching at these two Trade Shows!

October 16-19, 2014

Artisan/Santa Fe Artists' Materials Expo

Santa Fe, New Mexico

For more information, call 800-331-6375


November 13-16, 2014

Art of the Carolinas - Workshops & Art Materials Exhibition

Sponsored by Jerry's Artarama

Raleigh, North Carolina

Contact Sharon DiGiulio (800) 827-8478 ext 156 sharon@jerrysartarama.com


For more information about my workshops, click HERE for the workshop schedule.

Introducing a new One-on-One Workshop!

One-on-One Workshop

               •One on One with Bob in his studio!

               •3 days Private Studio Time

               •6 hour Studio Days

               •Your Project - Your Schedule

               •All Levels

               •Gourmet Lunches

               •To secure your date, schedule your time with Kate!


Studio Mentor Workshop 2015 Dates

Studio Mentor Workshop

The 2015 Studio Mentor Workshop schedule is set! The Studio Mentor Workshops are designed for experienced painters who are working towards their own goal. 7 painters maximum, 3-1/2 days.

•March 19-22, 2015

•April 9-12, 2015

•June 25-28, 2015
       •August 27-30, 2015

•September 10-13, 2015

•October 22-25, 2015

•November 5-8, 2015



Studio View
Burridge Studio in Arroyo Grande, California

Burridge 5 Day Instructional Workshop

5-Day Workshop Logo

We have scheduled two 5-day workshops in Bob's Studio. These workshops are designed for beginners and follow a defined lesson plan. 10 emerging painters maximum, 5 days.

•July 6-10, 2015 (Monday - Friday)
•September 16-20, 2015 (Wednesday - Sunday)

For more information, contact kate@robertburridge.com or click HERE.



San Miguel De Allende
San Miguel De Allende

Paint with Bob in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico!!
March 8 - 14, 2015
Nestled high in the cool hills of central Mexico, San Miguel De Allende is one the hippest, busiest, most charming towns in Mexico. San Miguel is an artist's colony with many Americans and Europeans living and studying there. It's a fun town, colorful, musical, full of painting and shopping opportunities.

We will be housed in a lovely hotel with heated pool and tropical shrubbery, close to the art institute and a few blocks from the cathedral and town square. Breakfasts will be in the hotel and dinners at various restaurants in the area. We're on our own for lunches.

Facade, Parish Miguel Allende
Facade, Parish Miguel Allende

San Miguel is visually stimulating because there are always gallery openings, cultural events, concerts or plays and some outstanding restaurants. The weather, at this time of year, is perfect.

Contact Flying Colors



(858) 518-0949

320 South Gaylord St.

Denver, CO 80209

Featured Product


Joe’s Prime Really Good Clear Gesso
Joe's Prime Really Good Clear Gesso

Here's a new experience for me - Clear Gesso. It's Cheap Joe's Prime Really Good Clear Gesso. It's ready-to-use acrylic ground and cleans up with soap and water. I tried this new product on Joe's really good wood panels. The panels are a natural wood finish and when the clear gesso is brushed on, the finish has a smooth, satin feel when dried. You can also use it on canvas and linen.


Joe’s Prime Really Good Painting Panels
Joe's Prime Really Good Painting Panels

For me, the clear gessoed panel feels smooth as butter. Another advantage is when brushed over an existing dried painting, dries clear and doesn't cover up what's underneath! "Experimental" painters seem to like this. This technique is useful when I continue a painting with transparent fluid acrylics, then finish the painting with another coat of clear gesso. And as Joe Miller likes to say, "Hey, it's cheap!"

We Want to Hear From You!


Bob holding Permission Mugs
Bob holding Permission Mugs

We love getting your questions! Send them in and we'll answer. If we decide to use your question in the AFN, you will receive a Permission Mug!


Studio Tools
Studio Tools

It occurs to me that too much emphasis is placed on brushes - "Nice painting... what type of brush did you use?" It's like asking a photographer, "Nice photo... what camera did you use?" Of course, you know the answer - It's the artist, not the brush!

Their reasoning is - if THEY use the same brush, they hope to get the same results. I just smile...


Bob and Long-Handled Brushes
Bob and Long-Handled Brushes

On purpose I paint with crazy long brushes so I can be "out of control!" I extend standard-sized brushes with a flexible whip-like stick, attached with vinyl tape.


Matisse with Long-Handled Brush
Matisse with Long-Handled Brush

I got the idea from Matisse. Because of poor eyesight, he painted with long-handled brushes so he could see. I do it not to be in control... to be looser. A whole lot more fun with a long thin brush. Whip it bad.

Studio Time-Saving Tips!


Fabriano Studio Watercolor Pads
Fabriano Studio Watercolor Pads

My daily warm up paintings are 6x9 inches. Typically I'll practice painting six of these loose warmups before working on larger formats.


Six Pear Warm Up Paintings
Six Pear Warm Up Paintings

Cutting up a full sheet watercolor paper into smaller sizes (with some odd-shaped pieces left over) is time consuming and a waste of really great paper. I've done it this way for years... until now.

At our local art supply store, I discovered a wonderful time saver product - Fabriano Studio Watercolor pad of 50 cold press 25% cotton, 140 lb, 9x12 paper. Tear each sheet in half and voila, I've got two 6x9 inch sheets ready to go.

Don't get me wrong - I love the Fabriano 300 lb. Artistico full sheets. That's my preferred paper for everything! But for a quick "morning start" the 9x12 inch paper pad torn in half is easier than cutting up full sheets.


Painting Pear Warm Ups
Painting Pear Warm Ups

So, instead of the habitual ritual of measuring and cutting down the full sheet with a few odd pieces left over, I've found my type of "automatism" with the Fabriano Studio Watercolor Pad of 50 sheets. That's 100 paintings, folks!

Note: This 140 lb. Fabriano Studio Watercolor Pad paper curls too much for my type of pigment-loaded painting. However, I use it for warmups, light sketching and washes.

I have more tips for loosening up! Check out my Robert Burridge's Workbook & Studio Notes for more techniques to help you stay loose, relaxed and creative!


Robert Burridge's Workbook & Studio Notes

Click here for information and ordering!

CitraSolv Follow-up & New Book



Citra Art is promoting a new book by Citra Artist Eva Macie on how to use CitraSolv on National Geographic Magazines to create beautiful collage papers. Here is the info and a coupon for CitraSolv! Enjoy!


CitraSolv Coupon
(click here for printable verson)

Ask Kate About Art Marketing

ASK KATE! With every newsletter, Kate will post your questions and her responses on the subject of marketing, sales, and promotion. If your question is selected for the newsletter, you will receive a Burridge Permission Mug. If you have a burning question that you would like to have answered -- for your benefit and everyone else's -- email Kate at kate@robertburridge.com

Barbara from Illinois asks.... Recently, a customer asked whether he could reproduce my painting, if he were to buy it. What is the best response to someone who asks about copyrights? And where can I find current going rates for image usage rights?

Thanks for your question Barbara! I am sure that this same question has come up for a lot of artists. This is an example of Licensing your Art.

We refer to licensing as "Making Money while you Sleep".


Concept: You (artist) sell your design (art) to a company to use on a specific product.

You get: Advance payments/royalty or a percentage of sales. If successful, Artist can expect to make anywhere from hundreds of dollars to millions. Time - 2 to 10 years - Donʼt get discouraged. Licensing can be a very slow-building process.

Youʼll need to have more than one idea. Think of a full line of products. Does your design work for a full line of products? Ask yourself - Do your artwork really have the right look for commercial products? Think greeting cards, coffee mugs, jigsaw puzzles, coasters - any product that has an artwork component is more than likely a "licensing deal".

Back to your customer - I would probably ask him what he had in mind, then draw up a licensing contract and charge him that way. I don't know if I would be too keen on selling him the original if I couldn't trust him to honor the artist's copyright. Hmmm... I think I would also go over these points with the customer.

1) The Artist owns the copyright of their work, period.

2) Any reproduction of the artist's work must be granted in writing by the artist.

3) Just because the person owns the physical piece of art, they do not own the copyright.

Here is a great website that will answer a lot of licensing questions: www.porterfieldsfineart.com

Click HERE for more Licensing Resources.

Here are a Couple of Books I Use For Reference



Licensing Art 101 by Michael Woodward

Publisher: ArtNetwork; Third Edition edition (July 1, 2007)

Paperback: 192 pages

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0940899841

ISBN-13: 978-0940899841

(buy at Amazon)

Licensing Art and Design by Caryn R. Leland

Licensing Art and Design: A Professional's Guide to Licensing and Royalty Agreements by Caryn R. Leland

Published by Allworth Press; Revised edition (May 1, 1995)

Paperback: 128 pages

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1880559277

ISBN-13: 978-1880559277

(buy at Amazon)

Kate your Art Marketing Girl - We got an Egg!
Kate your Art Marketing Girl - We got an Egg!



Click here for top of page.

Burridge Studio App Updated to 5.0


Burridge Goof Proof Color Wheel App
Burridge Goof Proof Color Wheel App

Introducing the Burridge Studio app for iPhone, iPad and Android.Create show-stopping paintings with the help of artist, Robert Burridge. The Burridge Studio app features his Goof-Proof Color Wheel as well as several reference charts that help you achieve your painting goals, from Rembrandt-style lighting and painting the illusion of glass, to dynamic design compositions. Pinch to zoom, swipe and scroll through charts to get a better view of the techniques that Robert Burridge uses. New updated versions, click HERE to view in iTunes Store.

The Burridge Studio App is free - there are in-app purchases for the Color Wheel app and the 3 Studio Charts apps.


Color Wheel App - Red Dominant

The Burridge Color Wheel app is pretty cool! It is interactive so you can touch the dominant color on the device's screen and it moves to reveal the color combination. Also included in this app is a image gallery of finished paintings and color combination demos, all identified with their color combination. Color Comparison Chart and instructions are also included. Looks great on Kate's iPad Mini and my iPad.


In App Purchases

Color Wheel App - $9.99

Studio Charts Apps - $4.99/each

Click HERE to view in iTunes Store

Assignment - Painting Wine Bottles & Glass


Bob Painting at Central Coast Wine Classic
Bob Painting at Central Coast Wine Classic

My studio sits on coastal California farmland surrounded by oak trees and two hundred vineyards. Gee, you'd think I'd paint wine bottles - well, I do.


A Very Good Year
A Very Good Year

The colored glass bottles, colored liquid inside and all that sunlight bouncing around inside excites my color wheel. I practiced looking at and painting them until I could see how light reflects off the glass and plays around inside the liquid.

So here's a quick lesson on painting a wine bottle in three bold brush strokes - plus a few extra touches to make it look convincing and painterly.

3 Strokes with a Flat Brush Loaded

with Paint will get you Started


Wine Bottle Demo Step One - 3 Strokes

Wine Bottle Demo Step Two and Three
Wine Bottle Demo Steps Two and Three

With the same flat brush, round off the bottom of the bottle with a downward curve brush stroke. Now curve the two "shoulders" and violá... a bottle shape.

Finished Wine Bottle Painting
Finished Wine Bottle Painting

What remains to be done is about glass surface reflection, half full to show the glass colors and wine color. "Anchor" the bottle with a dark color underneath the bottle and a shadow to reveal the light source.


Bottles on the Beach
Bottles on the Beach

Bottles come in different shapes depending on the wine inside. Practice different silhouette shapes until you are familiar with the different wines. The rest of the painting is all playtime with a colorful brush loaded with paint and water.

Bob doing
Bob doing "Field Research" on the
Light Reflection of Wine Glasses.

We have a Studio Chart and an App for This!

Glass Chart

Painting the Illusion of Glass Vessels. Imagine having all on one page, every reference you'll need to help or remind you how to convincingly paint wine glasses, cocktails, tumblers, flower vases and wine bottles.

$14.95 + shipping & handling + sales tax (CA residents). Don't forget to use your discount code! Click HERE for additional product info.

Bob's Favorite Magazine (this month)


art ltd. Magazine cover

art ltd. is the only national art magazine that provides a consistent platform for the contemporary art being made and shown in the West and Midwest US.

I discovered this publication when the Museum I was exhibiting in had placed an ad about my exhibition. It's a slick and hip bimonthly magazine by Lifescapes Media. It tends to lean toward the "California audience".

art ltd. features contemporary painters mostly west of the Mississippi, however. A good mix of articles on current and advanced progressive artists, the magazine also cozies up to Santa Fe, New Mexico galleries and their artists.

Hey, this magazine gets you out of your studio and opens up your eyes. Just sayin'.


VAS Logo

Here is another benefit in subscribing to art ltd. - Visual Art Source!

ArtScene and art ltd. have collaborated, creating the online Visual Art Source (VAS) - www.visualartsource.com.

If you are a subscriber to art ltd. or ArtScene, you are automatically enrolled with VAS. If not, it is free and simple to register today. Subscribers receive the latest information on exhibition announcements, special events, artists' calls, and editorial content, originating from both publications, in their Weekly Newsletter.

In short, VAS is all visual art, all the time, keeping you fully engaged and informed.

art ltd.

Format: Magazine

Shipping: Currently shipped only within the U.S.

Publisher: Lifescapes Publishing Inc


(buy at Amazon)

Studio Music

Bob's secret (not anymore!) source
for contemplative, intense-focus music.





John Cage Radio - you know his commercial work through Hollywood films. He's done plenty! But truth be told, I'm a real fan of 80s and 90s instrumental, environmental and atmospheric music when I'm in the studio.

My connection with John Cage - (excerpted from Wikipedia) Many of his pieces from the 1960s were in fact "happenings", an art form established by Cage and his students in late 1950s. Cage's "Experimental Composition" classes at The New School in New York City have become legendary as an American source of Fluxus, an international network of artists, composers, and designers. The majority of his students had little or no background in music. Most were artists. They included Jackson Mac Low, Allan Kaprow, Al Hansen, George Brecht, Jim McWilliams and Dick Higgins, as well as many others Cage invited unofficially.

According to Cage, happenings were theatrical events that abandon the traditional concept of stage-audience and occur without a sense of definite duration. Instead, they are left to chance. They have a minimal script, with no plot. In fact, a "happening" is so-named because it occurs in the present, attempting to arrest the concept of passing time. Cage believed that theater was the closest route to integrating art and real life. The term "happenings" was coined by Allan Kaprow, one of his students, who defined it as a genre in the late fifties. I am proud to have been in some Happenings that featured John Cage, written by my professor and mentor, Jim McWilliams who remains to be an inspiration to me to this day! He is still creating new works.

Bob and Jim McWilliams
Bob and Jim McWilliams

And just to confuse you, my other favorite is... Original Dixieland Jazz Radio. I play it throughout the day while I'm painting.


Pete Fountain Radio
Pete Fountain Radio

Factoid: Pete Fountain was hired to join the Lawrence Welk orchestra in the late 50s and became well known for his many solos on Welk's ABC television show, The Lawrence Welk Show. Fountain was rumored to have quit when Welk refused to let him "jazz up" a Christmas carol. In an interview, Fountain said he left Welk because "Champagne and bourbon don't mix."

So when I just need to chill, or rev it up, I'll play the drums to Pete Fountain Radio on Pandora. Hey, it works for me!

ArtsyFartsy Newsletter Article Archive
Just Got Better!

We now have a search bar within our Newsletter Article Archives. All you have to do to find a past article, photo or reference in our newsletters or website, is type what you are looking for - like "tape" or "gluing paper on a panel" in the search bar and hit enter!

Click HERE to go to the Article Archives.

Weekly BobBlast


Sun Lounge
Sun Lounge

Every week we send you a BobBlast - an inspirational message, a studio tip or the title of something cool I'm reading! And a photo too! We are excited to make the BobBlast a weekly dose of fun...


All you have to do is sign up!


Weekly BobBlast


QR Code for the Weekly BobBlast

Scan this QR Code for the Weekly BobBlast

Special Event & Book Review

Pirate Day is everyday for me, ARRRRRR! But for you landlubbers, September 19th is your lucky party day. Take no Prisoners, Matey!



September 19th is the world famous "International Talk Like a Pirate Day!" Avast me hearties! This goofy idea caught fire when mentioned in a Dave Barry 2002 newspaper column. Millions of pirates were instantly born and world revelers spoke like pirates... but only for a day, thereby hiding their true identities from their co-workers!

Jump on TalkLikeaPirate.com - and LIKE them on Facebook

For quick "Talk Like a Pirate" vocabulary - go HERE


Recommended Book

Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodward

The golden age of pirates have unfortunately been models for some of fiction's greatest characteristics - Captain Hook, Long John Silver, Captain Blood and Jack Sparrow. This is an exceptionally detailed, day by day, thorough account of privacy that lasted ten years, from 1714-1725.


Jolly Roger in my Studio
Jolly Roger in my Studio

I love this stuff about sailing and anything Caribbean. A Jolly Roger hangs in my studio. BTW, Blackbeard never killed anyone... he scared the beejeebies out of 'em though!

If you want the truth and a good read - this book will be hard to put down!

The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down by Colin Woodward

Paperback: 400 pages

Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (June 30, 2008)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 015603462X

ISBN-13: 978-0156034623

(buy at Amazon)

Quote of the Month

You may know how much I love the text from the Apple ad "Think Different" that came out in the late 90s. I read that ad during all of my workshops - always brings a tear to my eyes too.

Here is another quote - this one from Martha Graham, the great dancer choreographer.

"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."


Happy Painting!
Happy Painting!

Websites We Like!

International Society of Acrylic Painters - New juried show schedule


Citra Solv LLC- They have a new newsletter!


Citra Solv's New Art Contests!


Dillman's Creative Arts - Follow them on Pinterest!


New Name - Same Great Store!

Vermont Art Supply/Black Horse Studio Project

International Talk Like a Pirate Day!


More Recommended Websites

Jerry's Artarama

Art of the Carolinas

Cheap Joe's Art Stuff

Flying Colors Art Workshops

Martha Graham

Artisan-Santa Fe

Artisan Expo Santa Fe


art ltd. Magazine

Visual Art Source


Leading Edge Art Workshops

Eva Macie's Citra Art Book

John Cage Website

Licensing Art 101

Art Licensing Resources

Porterfield's Fine Art Licensing

Pirate Vocabulary

Fluxus Movement

Robert Burridge
Burridge Workshop for Artists

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