Bob at the Art of the Carolinas.
Last month’s newsletter featured my upcoming classes at Jerry’s Artarama annual Art of the Carolinas Event in Raleigh, North Carolina. Four days of back-to-back, three hour workshops teaching my newest Loosen Up techniques. My classroom was packed with enthusiastic painters, the event was well organized and Kate and I finished up the remaining hours with a lively art marketing class. Thankfully, we were busy.
Ocean Spring Workshop!
Then, immediately on to Ocean Springs, Mississippi for a weeklong workshop that was sold out over a year ago. This art community is a proud, hard working and spirited group of artists, helping to keep their city alive in spite of the unfathomable hit from Hurricane Katrina five years ago, as well as the recent impact of the BP oil rig explosion that spewed oil and tar over their fishing and tourist community.
I love this place: the food, the history, the culture, the endurance of the populace has emotionally affected me. I’m scheduled to return next year around this same time.
Outside the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum
Outside the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum
We arrived a day early so we could see as much as we could in a day, which included their must-see Frank Gehry designed Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. Again, their story is unbelieveable. Months before completion, Katrina (and an offshore floating casino) leveled it. The Ohr-O’Keefe was rebuilt and opened the week before we arrived - visiting was a thrilling, emotional experience to say the least. Given the opportunity, you must visit the Gulf Coast. I feel proud to be an American.
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Workshops in the Spotlight
Get your New Year Started!
Palm Springs, California - Just a few spaces left!
January 3-7, 2011
Artist Retreat - Contemporary Abstract Figure Painting and Abstract Painting & Collage
5-day Workshop (Mon-Fri) at the Palm Springs Art Museum
Contact the Artists Council, (760) 325-7186, ext. 150
P.O. Box 2310, Palm Springs, CA 92263-2310
Sedona, Arizona - Amazing location to paint!
April 25-29, 2011
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
5-day Workshop (Monday-Friday) at the Sedona Arts Center
Contact (888) 954-4442 or (928) 282-3809
Omaha, Nebraska - The early bird deadline is February 1, 2011!
May 9-13, 2011
Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting
5-day Workshop (Monday-Friday)
The Hot Shops, 1301 Nicholas Street, Omaha, NE 68102
Contact Tom Dudycha (402) 498-8400 or email@example.com
Great Trips! - International Workshops
We have some wonderful trips coming up - Please join us!
This January paint with Bob in the Bahamas.
Paint with Bob in the Bahamas
January 23-30, 2011
Contact Dillman’s Creative Arts Foundation
(715) 588-3143 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Click HERE for workshop flyer, itinerary and registration info.
It’s Not Too Late - Register Today!
San Miguel De Allende
Come with Bob to San Miguel De Allende!
March 20-26, 2011
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
San Miguel is lots of fun becasue there are always gallery openings, a cultural event, concert or play, and some outstanding restaurants. The weather, at this time of year, is perfect.
Painting in Tuscany!
September 1-8, 2012
Villa Fattoria Bacio
Villa Fattoria Bacio, in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. Between Sienna, Florence and San Gimignano sits the beautiful Villa Fattoria Bacio. The villa is the perfect blend of old world ‘rustica’ and catered comfort, surrounded on all sides by spectacular views of the meandering hills of Tuscany.
Afternoon Critique in Tuscany
Seven nights lodging at the villa, nightly genuine Tuscan meals and fine wine are included. The five day workshop will take place Monday through Friday.
We did this trip to Tuscany in 2009 - went to Florence for a few days before the workshop started - I highly recommend going to Florence at least once! Check out our Italy Trip photo album on Facebook. Click HERE for the public link:
Contact Sedona Art Center (888) 954-4442 or (928) 282-3809
Fabriano Watercolor Paper. The Best - Hands Down.
I introduce Fabriano paper to my workshop painters because it works better than all the other papers. I realize most of you paint on Arches because, quite frankly, it is in most art stores. Painters assume it must be good. For me, Fabriano is better because, even after taking a beating from my brush technique, the paper remains flat, yet stays flexible. Other papers, under my abuse, will snap apart, crack when flexed and roll up when wet. Fabriano 140 lb and 300 lb remains flat.
My Fabriano Paper takes a Beating
Fabriano watercolor paper is mouldmade (with two deckled edges) from100% chlorine-free cotton, is acid-free and is available in a variety of surfaces. My paper of choice is Fabriano Artistico Extra White CP, single sheets. Fabriano is conveniently available from major art suppliers’ catalogues, or click HERE for the store locator on the Savoir-Faire website.
Studio Tip for Loosening Up!
Table Leg Extenders
Stand, stay loose and don’t hurt your back! In my studio I have made leg extenders from lengths of PVC pipe, found in hardware stores. This way, I can stand while I paint, hold my brush at arm’s length, while not stooping over my painting. The cool thing is I can even elevate the one end by putting the leg extenders on the far legs - so I have a slanted table. Try it!
I have more tips for loosening up! Check out my Loosen Up Studio Workbook for even more techniques to keep you and your paintings loose, relaxed and creative!
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Robert Burridge's Workbook & Studio Notes
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 email@example.com
Jane from Sacramento, CA asks: What is the best way to frame a painting on a canvas?
Dear Jane, Thanks for writing. Bob and I prefer a simple, elegant “floater-style frame.” For contemporary artwork they are the current choice in popular galleries. The simple, clean design of this type of frame really presents today’s art without drawing attention to itself.
Did you know that Matisse actually hated the rococo frames of his time because the ornateness caste a shadow on his artwork? If you ever feel that your choice of frame overpowers your artwork, dial it back!
Special tip: To update a body of work for your next solo show, reframe everything in the same type of frame. This will automatically give your show a cohesive image!
Kate your Art Marketing Girl & her Special Helpers!
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The Color Wheel - Again
Goof Proof Color Wheel
The past three weeks I’ve been on the road teaching painting workshops using my Goof Proof Color Wheel. Everytime I introduce my color combo concepts, the reaction remains the same. Excitement and enthusiasm for something new. Monthly, I have written about the various color combos that work. (To access the past monthly articles, go to the ArtsyFartsy Newsletter Article Archives). I invite you to review the painting samples below and try them.
Red is Dominant
Flame Red is Dominant
Katsura Blue is Dominant
Middle Green is Dominant
Here are some of my recent paintings using just a few of the color combos.
Magic Circus: Compose Blue is Dominan
The Whole Family - Yellow is Dominant
Red Clown in Green Light - Green is Dominant
Swinger - Compose Blue is Dominan
For my Color Comparison Paint Chart of Golden, Lascaux or Nova Colors, click HERE.
For a detailed description of the Burridge Goof Proof Color Wheel click HERE.
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.
JanettMarie from Indiana asks: When Bob produces his Circus Birds and uses the acrylic paint from his plastic cover wrap stuff palette, I know he uses the glazing medium to attach the pieces of paint to the painting... is it possible to do the same with the oil paint left on the palette?
Thanks for writing. I’ll do my best to answer your concerns. I cover my table with 4 ml polyurethane and the entire table becomes my palette. The acrylic paints I use are loaded with pure pigment, so after they dry on the plastic, they peel off easily. I call them “skins” - and glue them with gel medium to canvas or paper. I have not experimented with oil paint with this technique. It should work, using the “oil skins,” but I suggest doing some research on oil adhesives. Go to Daniel Smith or Gamblin websites. Hope this helps!
Bob using Acrylic Paint “Skins”
2 Circus Birds with Coll
aged Acrylic Skins
Thanks JanettMarie, For your question on adhesives, you get a Permission Mug!
Another Product Review
A Healthier Oil Painting Technique
Yes, I also paint oils. I love olis and their history. Oils smell great, they feel sexy and I’m elated knowing I’m in the presence of an ancient art form. I am also aware of the health risks using oils. Thanks to new technology, I feel confident using products from Gamblin.
Robert Gamblin and his Gamblin Artist Colors and Oil Painting Mediums are safer, more permanent and trusted by more oil painters. He’s done the research. For indepth reading about his full product line (and health-conscious products), check out his website (www.gamblincolors.com) or look in the Cheap Joe’s 2010 catalog, pages 45 and 52.
A few more personal notes... In between oil painting days, I don’t thoroughly clean my brushes. Instead they sit overnight in vegetable oil (yes, the kind you buy in the supermarket). The next day I wipe my brushes clean and they are ready to go. No turps in my studio. My only medium is Gamblin Galkyd. It speeds up the drying time.
Life by Keith Richards
This month’s recommended reading surprised me. I downloaded Keith Richard’s autobiography “Life” on my iPad after watching his interview on the TV show, Sunday Morning. I enjoy pirates... Johnny Depp’s character in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies was influenced by and developed from the Rolling Stones guitar player and writer Keith Richards. And he IS a real character in real life. So, I was interested to read about his life. What impressed me about this notorious stoner and hard-working artist is his focus on his craft and how he got to be a living legend, now living comfortably, in all places, Connecticut. I am impressed how he got where he is today - his intelligence, perseverance and survival in the rapidly exploding rock scene of the early 60s. I’m not especially a rock affectionado, but this guy is great. It’s a good read.
I’m not Charlie Watts, but hey practicing and playing the drums in my studio every morning motivates me to paint more creatively and more importantly... looser!
Life by Keith Richards
Hardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; First Edition edition (October 26, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.9 x 9.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
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Music of the Month - The Rolling Stones, of course!
Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones
•Audio CD (July 26, 1994)
•Original Release Date: 1971
•Number of Discs: 1
•Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
•Label: Virgin Records Us
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Some Girls - The Rolling Stones
•Audio CD (June 9, 2009)
•Number of Discs: 1
•Format: Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued
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Inspiration - Creative Block Busters!
Rainbow over BobLand
Can’t get any ideas for your next painting? You want to paint something, but can’t get started? Try something from my “Block Buster” list:
1. Wear colorful, non-matching socks.
2. Pick and paint a word randomly chosen from Roget’s Thesaurus.
3. Spin my Goof-Proof Color Wheel for a new color combo.
4. Change your music - only instrumental, no singing.
5. Walk outside and watch the sky for 15 minutes.
6. Don’t return phone calls, emails, Facebook messages or tweets. This is your time.
7. Make yourself a healthy juice drink!
8. Light incense in your studio (ah, the 60s!)
9. Swing on a swing.
10. Spend quality time with a pet - a proven stress reducer!
You get the idea - bust those creative blocks! Turn left and keep on going...
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