Weekly BobBlast Issue 339
Why Graphic Design is Important

Welcome Back to Another BobBlast!
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This last BobBlast of 2020 touches on a very basic Art Subject - Graphic Design. Graphic Design and your painting. It is such a fundamental concept and every freshman in art school is required to study Color and Design first - BEFORE starting painting lessons.

Basically, graphic design is how shapes relate to each other; how the positioning of shapes affect the overall mood of the painting; and how "busy areas" and "quiet areas" are considered in making a painting.

I work with twelve popular compositions. But, no matter your style, technique or skill, the graphic design composition you choose can help you clearly communicate your painting's title and theme.

Be sure to watch the video! I demonstrate how I like to practice compositions using a variety of paper shapes. It's playtime! After viewing the different design choices from my Composition Chart, I focus on one - then I goof around with the various ways to increase more interest by the following these steps:

  1. Variety of size, shapes and color
  2. Repetition of shapes and color
  3. Dominant warm or dominant cool creates overall continuity
  4. Study Contrast… Light vs Dark • Warm vs Cool • Large vs Small
  5. Harmony happens when shapes, colors and directions are similar
  6. Center of interest catches the eye… the focal point

Having wall charts and other reminders in my studio are very helpful. They keep me on track and help me focus on what works! Thus the saying, "Chart your course!"
Know before hand where you want your painting to go.

Enjoying watching Bob's Demos?
We have a NEW Monthly Demo - All on ZOOM
Inviting you into Bob’s Studio so you can watch his process at work.
•January 13, 2021 9am - 10:30am PT
“Studio Table Set-up and Warm-Up Painting Exercises”
•February 22, 2021 9am - 10:30am PT
“The Magic Circus - Bob Paints to a Concept & his 5Cs ”

Want to learn how to "Exaggerate the Perspective"????
We have a new Date Night exploring that subject!
Wednesday, December 30. Sign up now!
Date Night with Bob!
One more Wednesday in December • Saturdays in January
Starts on January 9th
All Zoom Painting Workshops!
Limited to 20 - Click here for more info.

This is what we're up to… Come Join the Fun!
"Zoomin' with Bob!"
Monday & Tuesday, 10-noon PT and 1-3pm PT
Online Workshops in November, December and January
Click here for more information!

Color Lesson: Making and Using Neutrals in your Painting
January 11-12, 2021

•Paint the Effects of Light
Monday, January 4, 10-noon & 1-3 pm PT
Click here for more information!

•Art Marketing: Make More $$ - The 10 Must-Do's to Sell your Paintings
Saturday, February 6, 12:00-3:00 pm PT

Something New for You! • Burridge Critiques Your Art
Online honest critiques • Private one-on-one
Critiques • Comments • Suggestions
Click here for more information!

New Virtual Juried Show - Details Coming…
•Prospectus available December 28 - One more Week!
•The Theme is “Table Setting"
•Our Juror is Karen Vernon!
•Whole Bunch of Prizes!

Looking forward to seeing your work!
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!

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 book. Please visit his website at www.bvhprods.com.

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

Our most current Workshop Schedule!
Paint with Bob in his Studio in Arroyo Grande, California!
Mentor, 5-day Instructional, Figure Painting and One-on-One Workshops
Click here for more info.
Contact Kate@robertburridge.com for questions.

Date Night with Bob! Online Zoom Painting Lesson
Wednesdays in December! All New Subjects!
4-6 pm Pacific Time

Date Night with Bob! Online Zoom Painting Lesson
Saturdays in January!
4-6 pm Pacific Time

Zoomin' with Bob! - ONLINE WORKSHOP!
January 4, 2021
Paint the Effects of Light
Click here for more info

Zoomin' with Bob! - ONLINE WORKSHOP!
January 11-12, 2021
Color Lesson: Making and Using Neutrals in your Painting

New! Monthly Demos in BobLand!
January 13 - Wednesday 9-10:30am Pacific Time

January 18-20, 2021
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage - ONLINE WORKSHOP!
Host, Mendocino Art Center
Contact Registrar, (707) 937-5818 ext 10

January 25-27, 2021
Contemporary Abstract Figure - ONLINE WORKSHOP!
3-day Painting Workshop
Host, Sedona Arts Center
Contact (888) 954-4442 or (928) 282-3809

February 1, 2021
Non-Objective Abstract Painting - ONLINE WORKSHOP!
Host, Mendocino Art Center
Contact Registrar, (707) 937-5818 ext 10

February 3, 2021
Demonstration - ONLINE PRESENTATION
Sponsored by Art Center Sarasota
Contact Elizabeth Goodwill, Education Director
elizabeth@artsarasota.org or call (941) 365-2032

February 6, 2021
Art Marketing: Make More $$ - ONLINE WORKSHOP!

February 8-10, 2021
Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting - ONLINE WORKSHOP
3-day Painting Workshop (Monday-Wednesday)
Sponsored by Art Center Sarasota
Contact Elizabeth Goodwill, Education Director
elizabeth@artsarasota.org or call (941) 365-2032

February 11-14
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage - ONLINE WORKSHOP
4-day Painting Workshop (Thursday-Saturday)
Sponsored by Art Center Sarasota
Contact Elizabeth Goodwill, Education Director
elizabeth@artsarasota.org or call (941) 365-2032

February 16 and 18, 2021 - ONLINE WORKSHOP
Art Marketing Sessions
Sponsored by Art Center Sarasota
Contact Elizabeth Goodwill, Education Director
elizabeth@artsarasota.org or call (941) 365-2032

February 18-19, 2021
Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting - ONLINE WORKSHOP
Sponsored by Crooked Tree Arts Center
Contact Crooked Tree Arts Center Front Desk
231-347-4337 or boxoffice@crookedtree.org

New! Monthly Demos in BobLand!
February 22 - Tuesday 9-10:30am Pacific Time

February 25-28, 2021
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)
4-day Workshop/Mentor Program, limited to 7 enrollees
Contact kate@RobertBurridge.com for fees and details.
Click HERE for more info.

March 9-12, 2021
Viva La Fiesta! Paint with Bob - ONLINE WORKSHOP
Contact Robert Masla, (413) 625-8382
Click HERE for more info.

April 6-7, 2021
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage - ONLINE WORKSHOP
Sponsored by The Villages Art Workshops
Contact Wanda Boyd (804) 536-1794 wboyd2009@yahoo.com
Click here for more info

April 8, 2021
Art Marketing for the Busy Artist - ONLINE WORKSHOP
Sponsored by The Villages Art Workshops
Contact Wanda Boyd (804) 536-1794 wboyd2009@yahoo.com
Click here for more info

April 12-14, 2021
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage - ONLINE WORKSHOP
Sponsored by Norcross Gallery and Studios
Contact Kathy Kitz, Workshop Coordinator, (770) 263-7832 
Click HERE for more info


For more 2021 Workshop Dates click here!
...Check out Bob's 2021 Studio Workshops in Arroyo Grande, California! click here.

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Love, Peace & Happiness,
BobBlast #339 - Video run time 14 minutes, 6 seconds

•It's Here! Robert Burridge’s All Digital eWorkbook. Full color, active video, audio clips and Bob’s creative ideas for loosening up your own paintings. Click here for more info & to order.

•You can purchase Bob's Color Wheel from his website by clicking here.

•You can purchase Bob's Travel Wheel from his website by clicking here. Add a printed b/w Studio Workbook for $14.95 by clicking here.

•We even have a special for BOTH color wheels! Click here.

•You can purchase Bob's 2 Chart Combo - Composition Chart and Rembrandt Lighting & Value Chart by clicking here! 2 charts for the price of 1!

•For more info about Bob's Workshop Schedule click here.
Robert Burridge