BobBlast #255

"You're So Negative! A Quick, Simple Guide how to See It."

Welcome back to another BobBlast!

Apparently, the concept of negative shape painting is new for so many - the subject is a hot one on Facebook! Books and painting workshops on this subject are available everywhere. A very good painter and teacher, my friend Linda Kemp is a master teacher of this popular artist workshop. Go to her website to find out more!

But right now - I am about to help you with a simplified version of this subject - for all of us who can't quite get this approach to painting.

From a black and white grey scale, we start with only three values: 
Black - the darkest dark
White - the lightest light
Middle Grey - the mid tone

Two demos - the first with cut out paper to see the concept... We put together a figure, placing three shapes together, forming a flat graphic image of a human form.
The negative shape comes from the Rembrandt-style lighting technique of dark to light (from top to bottom) and light to dark (from bottom to top).

Seeing the "negative painting" in this way, now comes the second demo - this time with paint. I repeat the same human figure with the mid tone being the paper itself (Strathmore gray paper) along with black and white acrylic paint. To really learn this process of seeing, practice - it soon becomes muscle memory the more you practice. And practice and practice.. Robert Motherwell referred to this daily repeated painting routine as Automatism.

The more you practice daily painting... the more you get it!

Below is a list of featured workshops - but did you know that I also offer private sessions in my studio? Perfect for beginners who want a crash course in watercolor or acrylic or for artists who are designing an exhibit and want to bounce ideas for content and techniques. I devote 100% of my studio time to you! Designed for 1 to 3 people - if you are interested or have questions, email kate@robertburridge.com

Some of our subscribers have asked about the "behind the scenes" people who make the weekly BobBlast possible - so we want to give a shout out and thank Bo von Hohenlohe for editing the BobBlast videos. Bo also produces websites and helps authors self-publish books. Please visit his website at www.bvhprods.com

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

Featured Workshops 

June 10-14, 2019
Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting
Dillman's Arts Workshop Retreat 
Lac du Flambeau, WI 
Contact (715) 588-3143 or vacations@dillmans.com

June 22-24, 2019  
Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting
Sedona Arts Center 
Sedona, AZ
Contact (888) 954-4442 or (928) 282-3809

June 26-28, 2019
Contemporary Abstract Figure
Sedona Arts Center
Sedona, AZ
Contact (888) 954-4442 or (928) 282-3809

July 8-11, 2019
Robert Burridge Studio Figure Painting Workshop/undraped model
Come paint with Bob in his Studio in Arroyo Grande, CA
(includes individual mentor time, demonstrations and personal theme development)
4-day Workshop/Mentor Program, limited to 6 enrollees
Contact Kate@RobertBurridge.com for fees and details.
Click here for more info.

July 15-19, 2019
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
Mendocino Art Center
Mendocino, CA
Contact Gina Hurst-Roach, registrar (707) 937-5818
or register@mendocinoartcenter.org

July 22-26, 2019
Contemporary Abstract Figure Painting & Collage
Mendocino Art Center
Mendocino, CA
Contact Gina Hurst-Roach, registrar (707) 937-5818
or register@mendocinoartcenter.org

July 29-August 2, 2019
Vermont Art Event
Sponsored by Holbein Artist Materials
South Burlington, Vermont
(800) 682-6686
Click here for more info

August 5-9, 2019
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
Cheap Joe's Art Stuff, Boone, NC
Contact Edwina May, Workshop Coordinator (800) 227-2788

August 14-17, 2019
Robert Burridge Studio Figure Painting Workshop/undraped model
Come paint with Bob in his Studio in Arroyo Grande, CA
(includes individual mentor time, demonstrations and personal theme development)
4-day Workshop/Mentor Program, limited to 6 enrollees
Contact Kate@RobertBurridge.com for fees and details.
Click here for more info.

September 11-15, 2019
Robert Burridge 5-Day Instructional Studio Workshop
5-day Workshop in Bob's Arroyo Grande, CA Studio  (Wednesday-Sunday)
Contact Kate@RobertBurridge.com for fees and details.
Click here for more info.

September 30-October 4, 2019
Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting
Vancouver Island Art Workshops
Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Contact Mary, (250) 714-8080
Click here for more info

October 17-20, 2019
Robert Burridge Studio Mentor Workshop
Come paint with Bob in his Studio in Arroyo Grande, CA
(includes individual mentor time, demonstrations and personal theme development)
3.5 days Workshop/Mentor Program, limited to 7 enrollees
Contact Kate@RobertBurridge.com for fees and details.
Click here for more info.

March 28 - April 7, 2020
Holland Riverboat Cruise!
Sponsored by Dillman's Art Workshop Retreat
Contact stephanie@dillmans.com (715) 588-3143

View Bob's Workshop Schedule, click here
...Check out his 2019 Studio Workshops! click  here .

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"You're So Negative! A Quick, Simple Guide how to See It."


Love, Peace & Happiness,
Robert Burridge
www.RobertBurridge.com
BobBlast #255 - Video run time 10 minutes, 39 seconds

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