Weekly BobBlast Issue 357
Best of BobBlast - What Size Brush do you Use?

Welcome Back to Another BobBlast!
Show someone your favorite photographs and you might often hear, “What camera did you use?” Their thinking is - if they buy that same camera, they too, will capture images like you.

The same is true with painting. Show someone your painting and you will often be asked, “What brush did you use?” You know where I’m going with this… It’s neither the camera nor the brush - but the soul, heart and voice of the artist, telling their own story.

I hear this question so often, I almost cringe. And, as a teacher, I truly want to help and I can only show what I use in the process and stages of the painting… and why. (Full disclosure - I also paint with paper towels and my fingers.)

In this BobBlast, I hope to answer that familiar question and show the brushes I use most often in my studio. 

I have different brushes for different uses. Starting with a brush just for applying gesso, I also have the following brushes — One for drawing with paint, another for general painting and one for varnishing.

Specifically, here is the breakdown for each of my brushes:
•To apply thick primer gesso, I use a two-inch wide flat gesso brush, used for priming surfaces. The extra thick bristles are extra strong for moving around the heavy mixtures of paint.

•For paint sketching and drawing, I may reach for a half-inch wide Filbert shaped brush to draw the organic flowing shapes before painting.

•Next, I paint with a “squared-off” Flat brush, or the short-hair version - the Bright brush. With both shapes, I can paint bold, large shapes and thin lines. When I make checkerboard patterns, I use a Bright brush.

•The Jumbo Chungking Bristle brush is good for larger, free style techniques. This brush holds up well during rigorous and enthusiastic painting.

•The final brush is a Wash Brush - for applying varnish. It is very soft and will not leave streaks.

The brush “number” means very little to me, as a #10 is not the same throughout the art materials industry. I find and choose my brushes at my local art supply store or at the national Trade Shows. For specifics, most art catalogs do a good job explaining the differences. Here is a brush chart from Cheap Joe's Catalog that may prove handy!
Click here for a PDF.

Watch the video to see my brush layout AND… BONUS! How I make my brushes more comfortable for a long painting day!

Special Advice from Bob - Always grab a bigger brush than the one you think you want!

Burridge Studio Workshops Coming Up…
Two-day, One-day and Half-day zooms
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We have more Online Workshops in June and July

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Monthly Demos - All on ZOOM
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•May 24, 2021 9am-10:30am PT
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"Diptychs and Other Multiples"
•July 19, 2021 9am-10:30am PT
"Dramatic Light & Color"

Date Night with Bob!
Thursdays in May
We have extended our Special Date Night series, for Thursdays in May!
We will be painting the model Pash - costumed and undraped.
Short 5 minute poses, working up to 20 minute poses. No need to worry about your drawing skills - it’s your love of painting.
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We also have a Special Brunch Edition
Date Night - Sundays in May!
11:00am-1:00pm PT
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Something New for You! • Burridge Critiques Your Art
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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

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
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Contact Kate@robertburridge.com for questions.

Date Night with Bob - All Zoom!
Sundays in May, 11:00am-1:00pm PT
Special Brunch Edition
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Date Night with Bob - All Zoom!
Thursdays in May, 4-6pm PT
Painting the Model Pash
Undraped and Costumed
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May 13-15, 2021
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage - ONLINE WORKSHOP
Sponsored by Hudson Valley Art Workshops
Contact Kim LaPolla (518) 966-5219 or (888) 665-0044

May 17-18 & 20, 2021
Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting - ONLINE WORKSHOP!
Sponsored by Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff
Contact Edwina May, Workshop Coordinator (800) 227-2788 

New! Monthly Demos in BobLand!
May 24 - Monday 9-10:30am Pacific Time

May 27, 2021
Artists in Action: The Art of Pricing and Sales, Part 2
Sponsored by West Business Development Center 
Thursday, 11:00-12:00 PM PT
This is a FREE zoom seminar

June 4-6, 2021
Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting - ONLINE WORKSHOP
3-day Painting Workshop (Friday-Sunday)
Sponsored by the Sedona Arts Center
Contact (888) 954-4442 or (928) 282-3809

June 8-10, 2021
Contemporary Abstract Figure - ONLINE WORKSHOP
3-day Painting Workshop (Tuesday-Thursday)
Sponsored by the Sedona Arts Center
Contact (888) 954-4442 or (928) 282-3809

June 14, 2021
Zoomin' with Bob! - ONLINE WORKSHOP!  
Paint the Effects of Light 

New! Monthly Demos in BobLand!
June 23 - Wednesday 9-10:30am Pacific Time

June 28-29, 2021
Zoomin' with Bob! - ONLINE WORKSHOP! 
Color Lesson: Using Neutrals in your Painting 

July 17, 2021
Art Marketing: Make More $$ - ONLINE WORKSHOP!

New! Monthly Demos in BobLand!
July 19 - Monday 9-10:30am Pacific Time

July 12-13, 2021
Zoomin' with Bob! - ONLINE WORKSHOP!
Non-Objective Abstract Painting

July 26-30, 2021
Robert Burridge 5-Day Instructional Studio Workshop
5-day Workshop in Bob’s Arroyo Grande, CA Studio 
Limited to 10 enrollees 
Contact Kate@RobertBurridge.com for fees and details.
Click HERE for more info

August 2-3 and 5, 2021
Larger & Looser Abstract Painting - ONLINE WORKSHOP
Sponsored by Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff
Contact Edwina May, Workshop Coordinator (800) 227-2788
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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Best of BobBlast - What Size Brush do you Use?
Love, Peace & Happiness,
BobBlast #357 - Video run time 9 minutes, 45 seconds

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