BobBlast #285

"CitraSolv - Brush Cleaner and Pattern Maker"

Welcome back to another BobBlast!

In the last BobBlast, we talked about brush cleaners and how to rejuvenate old, tired, worn out paint brushes. 

In this Blast, I have yet another of my favorite cleaners to show you -  CitraSolv!
A powerfully concentrated cleanser and degreaser, this versatile citrus solvent is a natural cleaner with a Valencia orange fragrance and juice from the orange peel. Really! It's natural!  Unlike turpentine, mineral spirits or petroleum distillates, it's a safer and natural cleaner.

So, at the end of an oil or acrylic painting day, I wipe the brush and dip in a cup of this stuff - then I swirl the brush in the palm of my hand, with a little warm water. Everybody gets clean. Rinse with water... and repeat.

But wait! Let the cup of CitraSolv stand overnight - the pigment sinks to the bottom. In the morning, pour off the top clear solvent and use it again! No toxic fumes - only the accumulated sludge left at the bottom. Discard the sludge! 

That's just the cleaning part... there's even more cool things you can do with CitraSolv!
Watch me demo how you can make your own graphic patterns from pages of a National Geographic magazine. Here are the steps:

1) Assemble your tools: CitraSolv, copy of a National Geographic Magazine
2) Open the magazine and sprinkle a few drops of the CitraSolv on the pages.
3) Squeeze out the excess CitraSolv
4) After approximately 30 minutes, open the magazine

The finished pages will surprise you with unpredictable and unique papers. How? The CitraSolv dissolves the soy-based printing inks, resulting in unpredictable patterns on each page. It's magical! I use these pages later in my collages.  

CitraSolv has an inspiring website - all about their cleaners... then look on the menu for their Artist Site - with examples, teaching tools and their latest art contest, where you can win great CitraSolv products! Here is a link to the most current CitraSolv Art Contest -  Art Contest Info

Hope you like Valencia Oranges! (They also offer Lavender!)

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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 kate@robertburridge.com

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
email mcwilliamsmbj@gmail.com

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

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
or workshops@quaysidegallery.com
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 wboyd2009@yahoo.com

March 19-22, 2020
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

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

April 16-19, 2020
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.

April 24-28, 2020
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
Workshop Location - Hotel 10
10 Sherbrooke West, Montreal, Quebec
Contact Lucie Michel, 514-889-8191 or
email luciemic123@hotmail.com

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

June 8-12, 2020
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
5-day Painting Workshop (Monday-Friday)
Dillman's Arts Workshop Retreat
Lac du Flambeau, WI 
Contact (715) 588-3143 or vacations@dillmans.com

June 15-18, 2020
Burridge Mentor Program
Details coming!
Dillman's Arts Workshop Retreat
Lac du Flambeau, WI 
Contact (715) 588-3143 or vacations@dillmans.com

June 25-27, 2020
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
3-day Painting Workshop (Thursday-Saturday) 
Art Box Studio
1302 Monte Vista, Unit 9, Upland, CA
Contact Sylvia Megerdichian (909) 981-4508 or artboxsylvia@netzero.net

July 13-17, 2020
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
5-day Painting Workshop (Monday-Friday)
Mendocino Art Center
Mendocino, CA
Contact Gina Hurst-Roach, registrar (707) 937-5818
or register@mendocinoartcenter.org

July 20-24, 2020
Contemporary Abstract Figurative Painting & Collage
5-day Painting Workshop (Monday-Friday)
Mendocino Art Center
Mendocino, CA
Contact Gina Hurst-Roach, registrar (707) 937-5818
or register@mendocinoartcenter.org

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

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"CitraSolv - Brush Cleaner and Pattern Maker"
CitraSolv

Love, Peace & Happiness,
Robert Burridge
www.RobertBurridge.com
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