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July 2014

Welcome Back!

Daily Visitors to my Studio
Daily Visitors to my Studio

Wow, is it ever GREEN in Greenville, New York! Just outside of Albany is a historic farm town (think Rip Van Winkle) of long, meandering green grasses of all heights and colors. I just returned from teaching a workshop for the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops at the very historic B&B - the 1889 Greenville Arms Inn.

Workshop Space at Greenville Arms Inn
Workshop Space at Greenville Arms Inn

Kim and Mark (our chocolatier and master chef) LaPolla host close to twenty workshops in their creative estate and artists’ studio throughout the year. Mark said he wanted a painting of a clown, soooo...

...and Iím Available for Childrenís Parties!
...and I'm Available for Children's Parties!

Mark and Kim have perfected the loving skills it takes to make us feel so good in such a classy historic location. The painting studio is open 24 hours for us to creative lots of paintings and dine on great food.

I have loved teaching here for the past six years and am scheduled for 2015 and 2016 to return - Sign up early! Go to www.artworkshops.com for their current workshop schedule.

Plenty of Space to Paint
Plenty of Space to Paint

And this just in! We have added another workshop here in the central coast of California. Hosted by the Elverhoj Museum of History & Art in Solvang.

Lots of Subjects in a Loosen Up Workshop
Lots of Subjects in a Loosen Up Workshop

I am teaching a 2-day Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting, then Kate and I teach a 1-day Art Marketing Workshop. Here are the details - call Ester Bates for all information including availably and pricing.

September 11-12, 2014

Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting

2-day Painting Workshop (Thursday-Friday)

Elverhoj Museum of History & Art, Solvang, CA

Contact info@elverhoj.org

or call (805) 686-1211


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 View
Studio View

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

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

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

We are very excited about 2015!

Workshops in the Spotlight

Sedona Red Rocks
Sedona Red Rocks

Sedona Landscape & Plein Air Workshop

Awe. The Sedona red rock sandstone towers... bright red, magnetic forms of history. Many plein air painters have been inspired and created all sorts of gorgeous works of art. I admire those Southwest style paintings - I am usually in awe when I look at those paintings. They seem sacred to me, like a gold tabernacle. I was not feeling the need to paint those scenes... until Vince Fazio, Sedona Arts Center School of the Arts Director, invited me to be a part of their Plein Air Festival. I am not really an outdoor painter, but he said I was an “Outlier.” I had to look it up. So - okay, now I’m excited. I’m painting my pieces on location, they go up for sale and auction, Sedona Arts Center makes money, everybody wins. Afterwards I teach a three-day Landscape Workshop. Can’t wait!

Landsky One
Landsky One

October 27-29, 2014

Loosen Up your Landscapes 

3-day Workshop (Monday-Wednesday)

Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, AZ

Contact (888) 954-4442 or (928) 282-3809


At my landscape workshops we paint in the studio as well as on location. First we paint and capture the essence in situ, and then finish up in the studio. In there, we can take our time, we are more relaxed and restrooms are nearby!

Landsky Two
Landsky Two

And - another Landscape Workshop in Ocean Springs, Mississippi this November:

November 19-23, 2014

Loosen Up your Landscapes

5-day Workshop (Wednesday-Sunday)

Ocean Springs Art Association

PO Box 136, Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Contact Carole Marie Stuart, carole1947@bellsouth.net


Read more about Outliers!

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Paperback: 336 pages

Publisher: Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (June 7, 2011)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 9780316017930

ISBN-13: 978-0316017930

ASIN: 0316017930

Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches

Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces

(buy at Amazon)

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 three Trade Shows! 

July 22-26, 2014

Vermont Art Event

Holbein Workshops & Art Materials Trade Show 

Williston, Vermont

For more information and a complete schedule, 

contact HK Holbein, (800) 682-6686

Click here for a 16 page brochure (PDF)

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 to check out my workshop schedule.

Featured Product - Holbein Acrylic Fluid Paint

Holbein Acrylic Fluid Paint

It’s NEW. Acrylic Fluid paint from Holbein. The same folks who recently improved their popular Holbein Artist Acrylic (tube paint) now offer their latest, and now my favorite intense fluid paint. I use this complete paint line in my studio and workshops. These acrylic fluid paints are, well, more fluid and act like an intense watercolor, dye, stain or patina.  

Sixty Beautiful Colors
Sixty Beautiful Colors

Sixty beautiful bright colors mix together and stay clean and clear when dried. The heavy pigment flows around brilliantly. I paint directly on the canvas or use them as a stain - or rub them into a dried acrylic under painting like you would for a “patina” effect. 

Showing Patina Effect
Showing Patina Effect

The Holbein Acrylic Fluids are versatile enough for me to use anyway I want. Seriously, these high quality fluid acrylics can enliven your current works... and on top of some of your less successful works. You’re welcome.

Bob’s Favorite Magazine! (this month)

ARTnews Magazine

It’s what is happening right now. From NYC galleries, world news, current happenings, hip writers and inspiring interviews. I’ve been subscribing to ARTnews for years. This publication helps keep my sights higher and not fall back on the familiar, same old thing way of painting. You won’t agree with everything you read, but keep an open mind - especially when you read the gallery reviews and artist interviews. The current ARTnews is a must for contemporary artists.

ARTnews Magazine

Published by ARTnews LLC

Monthly, 11 times a year

Subscribe to their RSS and receive notifications of new posts by email

(buy at Amazon)

Studio Music for July

Bob’s Favorite Pandora Stations


Ratatat Album

•Ratatat Radio - Rock-meets-Electronica

Here’s a little trivia... Ratatat is the first band to perform a public show inside the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

Bob Seger Album

•Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band Radio - Classic 70s Rock

Favorite - “Old Time Rock & Roll” - More trivia... This song was featured in the 1983 film Risky Business, starring Tom Cruise. Cruise's character, Joel Goodson, famously lip-syncs and dances in his underwear as this song plays after his parents leave him home alone. Who can’t forget THAT scene!

Queen Album

•Queen Radio - 70s Progressive Rock, heavy metal with a little vaudevillian music hall thrown in...

Favorite - “We Will Rock You”  Trivia - genre is “arena rock” ranked 330 of “The 500 Greatest Songs of all Time” by Rolling Stone Magazine.

Rock on!

Recommended Book


The Paintings of Joan Mitchell by Mary Livingston

Joan Mitchell, primarily an oil painter, produced significant early abstract expressionist paintings in American history - the 1950s through the 1980s. Her bravura oil paintings, much like her two mentors, Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline, show brilliance, complexity and turbulence.

Say want you want - I believe she alone kept painting moving forward during those experimental times. This large volume book remains in my studio near me.

The Paintings of Joan Mitchell by Mary Livingston

Paperback: 237 pages

Publisher: University of California Press; EDITION NOT STATED edition

(June 30, 2002)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0520235703

ISBN-13: 978-0520235700

Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 10 x 0.8 inches

Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds

(buy at Amazon)

To round out your experience of Joan Mitchell, there is a DVD filmed in documentary style of her years in Paris in the 50s. This film “weaves together interviews with the acerbic Mitchell and other leading painters and critics.” Mitchell herself seems evasive in her answers - but being an intensely private person, she is unwilling to be defined. Glad I saw it! It’s a great introduction to the art of Joan Mitchell.

Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter DVD

Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter (DVD)

Actors: Joan Mitchell

Director: Marion Cadger

Format: Color, NTSC

Language: English

Region: Region 1 - US & Canada only

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

Number of discs: 1

Studio: Arthouse Films

DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010

Run Time: 58 minutes

(buy at Amazon)

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

Evalyn from Florida asks: There are galleries who place competition information in art magazines in which they state they are looking for new artists. There is of course an entry fee and specifications to follow as in any legitimate competition. But after the competition closes, you don't hear anything from them. Recently I entered a couple of these competitions, and I am wondering, after looking up their website etc., if this is just a scam to raise money for their gallery. I understand galleries who do not answer in any way when you send unsolicited slides, photos, etc. However, I think that when you pay to enter a competition, there should be at the very least an announcement on their website or via email to let you know who won or was accepted.

Hi Evalyn, This is such a great question! Thanks for letting us share it. When a gallery holds a competition you have to be so very careful that it is NOT a scam. I normally do not enter those. There was a time, when we were just starting out - I did. I remember an instance when I entered a gallery competition - the prizes were representation, solo show, group show, etc. Well - surprise! We were invited to show BUT it would cost $1200 for the privilege of being in their gallery and having a solo show. Basically, it was a "vanity gallery" that some artists actually do. They pay "rent" for space to have representation in a large city like New York. Problem with this though - most of the movers and shakers in the art world know the vanity galleries, so it can be thought of "buying your way into representation."

If I see a competition that looks good and I am wondering what the deal is, I google the gallery and look at their website, as well as see what other artists have said about the gallery. I also check with Professional Artist Magazine (they have a great web version) to see if there is anything in their "Scuttlebutt" section.

Back to your question - yes it would be very helpful if you were notified about the outcome of the competition. Juried Shows operate that way. So should these gallery competitions.

Recommended Book

Art Marketing for Professional Artists by Peter Worley

Marketing for Professional Artists is a brand new book by Santa Barbara, California artist Peter Worley. Available as a soft back, Kindle and iBook. Includes a detailed discussion about marketing and selling your art.  Click here for a detailed description and independent review.

Kate your Art Marketing Girl
Kate your Art Marketing Girl


Click here for top of page.

We Love our New Burridge Studio App

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
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

Try this Assignment
Don’t Throw Away Those Blobs!

Watching my DVDs, you may have noticed the palette I use is actually the whole table covered with a tight plastic sheet. A roll of 3’ x 50’ Polyethylene  plastic sheeting, 4ml thick from the hardware store. Insist on a roll 3 feet wide, It fits easily on a long table. Tape the plastic down tightly. I use brown packing tape -  not the blue painter’s tape. Now you’re good to go.

Painting table with colorful palette of paint skins on stretched plastic sheet
Painting table with colorful palette of paint skins on stretched plastic sheet

Make your own Colorful “Skins” Used for Collaging

Paint is poured or squeezed onto the table... my palette, and most importantly, mixed on the table, not on the painting. By the end of three days, the paint has built up and because of the heavy pigmented paint, the paint layers are thick enough to peel off. Save these pieces and stack them between wax paper or polyethylene. They are acrylic and will adhere to each other, so put a slip sheet between each layer to save and use in collages later.

Peel off thick multiple layers - Make sure skins are thoroughly dry
Peel off thick multiple layers
Make sure skins are thoroughly dry

Save Those Skins for Collaging!
Save Those Skins for Collaging!

Pile of skins with waxed slip sheets in between
Pile of skins with waxed slip sheets in between
Acrylic skins love to stick together

Painting with Skins

Not much is preplanned other than saying, “Here we go with an assortment of skins and a lot of acrylic gel medium as the glue!” The concept this time, is a painting of a chicken.

Glue skins in place using any gel medium - Itís all acrylic, folks!

Glue skins in place using any gel medium - It’s all acrylic, folks!
Glue skins in place using any gel medium - It's all acrylic, folks!


Gel Medium on Top of Everything
Gel Medium on Top of Everything
  1. Brush gloss gel medium over the entire surface and while still wet, glue skins down on the surface.
  2. When dried, brush an opaque background color around, reshaping the chicken, figure, vase of flowers etc.... negative shape painting.
  3. Varnish the whole thing with a clear acrylic varnish - the finish of gloss, semi-gloss or satin is your choice. This also helps to “seal” the whole creation together.
Iím Painting, not Assembling a Puzzle
I'm Painting, not Assembling a Puzzle

Finalize the painting with an opaque acrylic color background, painting the negative shape. After dried, I varnish overall.

Thanks to Teresa, an elementary school art instructor in New York for suggesting I print this step-by-step demonstration in the ArtsyFartsy News!

We Want to Hear From You! (Blue Headline) 

We Want to Hear From You!

Keep those Studio Tips and your questions coming! If we use yours in an ArtsyFartsy Newsletter, we will send you a Burridge Permission Mug.

Kaydee from California asks: “Because of your recommendation, I ordered Dorland’s Wax Medium. My question is, what method should be used to apply it as a finish on my oil paintings?”

Dorlandís Wax Medium
Dorland's Wax Medium

Thanks for your question Kaydee! It’s just like waxing a car - remember those days? 

Apply Dorlandís Wax with a Soft Rag
Apply Dorland's Wax with a Soft Rag

Apply the wax with a cloth, then buff with a clean cloth - Done! Dorland’s Wax Medium has the consistency of a fine cream – a combination of wax and petroleum. It does not dissolve in water so therefore has been a popular “last protective coat” over oil and acrylic paintings. 

Buff After a Few Hours
Buff After a Few Hours

Once applied, the waxy coat buffs out into a beautiful soft sheen. When my paintings are finished and signed, I rub this material into and all over the completely dried painting with a clean, soft hand rag. After an hour, I buff the surface again with a dry, soft rag. This technique is an alternative finish to my other clear, satin finish, liquid acrylic varnish. I like them both.

Filomena from Texas asks: “I picked up a bottle of CitraSolv recently and sprinkled it on a glossy magazine picture but it didn’t dissolve the ink at all. Does it only work on National Geographic?”

Using CitraSolv to Create Collage Papers
Using CitraSolv to Create Collage Papers

Thanks for your question Filomena! Yes - to work successfully it must be National Geographic magazine - the newer ones, published after 1978. (No National Geographic Traveler) Also works on the New York Times Sunday Magazine section.

Sprinkle on National Geographic Pages
Sprinkle on National Geographic Pages

How to apply CitraSolv. Do not pour it on. Sprinkle - sprinkle liberally inside all the pages - not on the ads though. It doesn’t work.

Squeeze Out the Excess
Squeeze Out the Excess

While wet, close the book and gently squeeze out any excess. Let it "cook" for about 15 minutes. If it is too humid or rainy outside it may not work as well. Warmer, dryer weather is ideal for creating the multiple random pattern you are looking for.

Open the Magazine and... Surprise!
Open the Magazine and... Surprise!

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 Burridgeís Workbook & Studio Notes

Click here for information and ordering!

Painting with your Kids & Grandkids this Summer!

Children are Natural Born Artists
Children are Natural Born Artists

It’s that time again! All children make the most amazing art! Picasso has often confessed that he borrowed freely from the creations of children and always had their artwork hanging in his studios! While I was a child, my parents had set up an “art table” for me and one for each of my four brothers. My “creative arena” was always setup and ready for me to do homework, play, build things, break things, make things and create endlessly.


Aiden Expresses Himself
Aiden Expresses Himself

Emphasize “Express Yourself”:

•Young artists tend to paint what they feel is beautiful... often mandelas, saints in sacred places and shapes that have a center, such as a sun or the planet.

•This is the time to encourage to paint wild and wacky colors, such as green sky, yellow grass and pink water, etc.

•Stress that this painting time is not an art lesson. Rather, emphasize they are here to be and act as artists (you recall, children are already artists)

Here’s a fun book I was recently introduced to during a workshop in Greenville, New York - could be a children’s art book.... or for all ages as suggested by Jamie Lee Curtis. In my workshops, I give out “oops” slips - because there are no mistakes, only a beautiful oops!

Beautiful Oops! by Barney Salzburg
Beautiful Oops! by Barney Salzburg

Beautiful Oops! by Barney Salzburg

Age Range: 3 and up 

Hardcover: 28 pages

Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (September 23, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 076115728X

ISBN-13: 978-0761157281

Product Dimensions: 7 x 6.9 x 1.2 inches

Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces

(buy at Amazon)  

Barney Saltzberg is the author-illustrator of the successful Kisses series, Beautiful Oops, Crazy Hair Day and his most recent title Arlo Needs Glasses, he also writes and performs music for children.

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.

Girl with the Magic String
Girl with the Magic String

Weekly BobBlast

Every week we will send you a Bobism - 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.

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QR Code for the Weekly BobBlast
QR Code for the Weekly BobBlast

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

More Recommended Websites

Barney Saltzberg

Ratatat Music

Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band

The Official Queen Website

Perfect Picture Frame

Professional Artist Magazine

Malcolm Gladwell

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art

Hudson River Valley Art Workshops

Sedona Arts Center

Elverhoj Museum of History & Art

Robert Burridge
Burridge Workshop for Artists

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