BobBlast #281

"Best of BobBlast - Practicing Effective Color Combinations. "

Welcome back to another BobBlast!

I am in Raleigh, North Carolina for the annual Art of the Carolinas Trade Show - one of my workshops is a three-hour Color Wheel class, not unlike this week's BobBlast!

Practice makes perfect... or something like that!  This BobBlast is all about the starting points of a painting - one of my 4 Cs that I determine before starting to paint:
What is the Concept?
What is the Composition?
W hat is the Color Combination?
and Staying Committed to all of the above!
To figure out your Color Combination, use a Color Wheel - It's one of your tools in your toolbox. All of the pleasing combinations have been worked out for us! On the Standard Color Wheel, if you are just getting started, practice painting with a triadic color combination, like Red, Yellow and Blue.

Besides the Classic, or Standard Color Wheel, I use my own Goof-Proof Color Wheel - using only 4 colors... in today's demo, you will see me practice with Holbein Acrylic Inks and white titanium.

For this Demo, here is my Color Combination:
Dominant Color is Blue
Focal Point Color is Red Yellow
Spice Color is Purple
Spice Color is Green

The dominant color blue has already been spread on the surface. The background is a loose abstract. My concept is to paint a vertical figure on top of the abstract.

So my concept is a Figure in an Abstract.
My composition is Vertical
My color combination is Blue Dominant.

After the dominant color is on the surface of the painting, I add the focal point color - as a loose figure. The spice colors are always placed near the focal point. Then I re-establish the dominant color for more contrast.

This loose painting warmup exercise gets me going early in the studio and in worksh ops.

Keep your brushes wet!

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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

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

Featured Workshops - come paint with me!

January 13-16, 2020
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
4-day Painting Workshop (Monday-Thursday)
San Diego Watercolor Society
Contact Mary McWilliams, (760) 703-6287 or

January 20-22, 2020 
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
Art Trysts Studio
Clearwater, FL
Contact Lorie Ulen, (888) 727-1190 ext 1

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

February 17-21, 2020
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
5-day Painting Workshop (Monday-Friday) 
Quayside Gallery, Pensacola, Florida
Contact Quayside Gallery (850) 438-2363
Click here for more info for more info

March 3-6, 2020
Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting
4-day Painting Workshop (Tuesday-Friday)
The Villages, Florida
Contact Wanda Boyd (804) 536-1794

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

April 24-28, 2020
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
Workshop Location - Hotel 10
10 Sherbrooke West, Montreal, Quebec
Contact Lucie Michel, 514-889-8191 or

May 3-9, 2020
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
5-day Painting Workshop (Monday-Friday)
Hudson River Valley Art Workshop
Greenville, NY
Contact Kim LaPolla (518) 966-5219 or (888) 665-0044
PO Box 659, Greenville, NY 12083 

May 18-20, 2020
Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting
3-day Painting Workshop (Monday-Wednesday)
Sedona Arts Center
Sedona, AZ
Contact (888) 954-4442 or (928) 282-3809
Click HERE for more info

May 22-24, 2020
Contemporary Abstract Figure
3-day Painting Workshop (Friday-Sunday)
Sedona Arts Center
Sedona, AZ
Contact (888) 954-4442 or (928) 282-3809

View Bob's Workshop Schedule, click here
...Check out his 2020 Studio Workshops! click  here.

Hope you have enjoyed these short, weekly blasts! Sign up on my website and keep watching. There are lots of them! 

Click here to view BobBlast Issue 281
"Best of BobBlast
Practicing Effective Color Combinations. "

Love, Peace & Happiness,
Robert Burridge
BobBlast #281- Video run time 13 minutes, 41 seconds

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