BobBlast #257 

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"Mixing Chickens and More"

Welcome back to another BobBlast!

Sometimes I need to just get back to the basics of painting - it refocuses me and strengthens my skills - by practicing composition or color combinations. If you remember Art School 101, you will probably recall an exercise in transparent watercolor called "Mixing Chickens."

So, I have enjoyed painting my small abstract "chickens" with Holbein's new Acrylic Ink. These Inks behave like watercolor and I use a lot of water and big brushes to see the mixed colors merge. However, like the acrylics they are, these Inks are permanent after drying - which means I can continue layering thin coats of different colors. 

So my color combinations come alive with the layering - a thin wash of blue over a dry yellow layer will result in a green. So watered down, you can use watercolor techniques. Or - squeezed straight out of the bottle, I paint in my usual acrylic fluid technique.

Since this acrylic ink is so versatile, I can work very free with many options of techniques. This BobBlast demonstrates painting loose "chicken" shapes, watching two colors mechanically mix in the belly area, forming the third color.

The next demo, I paint the same chicken shape, only this time I follow my color wheel combination of only 4 colors on each painting. These small paintings are approximately 6x6 inches, on a half sheet of Kilimanjaro 300 lb cold press watercolor paper.

And finally, on a pre-painted chicken on 16x16 inch watercolor paper, I'll punch up the color with a thin layer of transparent acrylic ink. Then, with some opaque colors, I'll paint over parts, reshaping the negative shapes until I'm satisfied. 

New Studio rule this month: Keep it wet and goofy!

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

Thanks again for watching and telling your friends! All my BobBlasts are archived on my  website  and my YouTube Channel We post new studio tips weekly that offer real content, substance and useful techniques that work for me. And they're free! We appreciate your interest, questions, comments and support!

Here's a quick reminder and some upcoming workshops and dates. 
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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 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 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.

January 25 - February 1, 2020
February 1-8, 2020
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage in Mexico!
Casa de Los Artistas
Boca de Tomatlan, 10 miles South of Puerto Vallarta
Contact Robert Masla, (413) 625-8383

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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"Mixing Chickens and More"

Mixing Chickens and More

Love, Peace & Happiness,
Robert Burridge
www.RobertBurridge.com
BobBlast #257 - Video run time 12 minutes, 54 seconds

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