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
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 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
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
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
or call (805) 686-1211
Introducing a new 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
•To secure your date, schedule your time with Kate!
Studio Mentor Workshop - 2015 Dates
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.
We are very excited about 2015!
Workshops in the Spotlight
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!
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!
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, email@example.com
Read more about Outliers!
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (June 7, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
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It’s Time for the Trade Shows!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about my workshops, click here to check out my workshop schedule.
Featured Product - 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 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
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)
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.
Published by ARTnews LLC
Monthly, 11 times a year
Subscribe to their RSS and receive notifications of new posts by email
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Studio Music for July
Bob’s Favorite Pandora Stations
•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 & 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 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.
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)
Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 10 x 0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
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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)
Actors: Joan Mitchell
Director: Marion Cadger
Format: Color, NTSC
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
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Ask Kate About Art Marketing†
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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.
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