Weekly BobBlast Issue 360
Tools of the Trade - Brushes, Towels and Fingers

Welcome Back to Another BobBlast!
Matisse long handle brush
This week’s BobBlast is a popular topic and maybe you’ve thought about it… Do I have to paint with a brush - or are there more options??? 

We painters tend to collect a ton of brushes - all with the promise of perfecting a certain technique. I tend toward painting with larger and longer brushes to help me stay loose. The photo of Matisse painting with his long brush was an early inspiration! Because of that photo, I have extended and customized many of my brushes.

Brushes are just one of the tools we can use to paint… and paint looser. My other go-to painting tool is a paper towel! In many BobBlasts, demos and workshops, you see me painting with folded paper towels. I can apply a lot of paint quickly, I can wipe away and I can rub paint into the surface to create a patina-like effect. 

Another favorite tool is a twig -- used to scape into the paint and draw back into the painting. This creates and increases texture and surprises. 

Painting with my fingers… Ah yes! In art college, I loved ceramics. Throwing mud around and getting my fingers wet. So today, I use my fingers to blend, soften edges and add small touches of color. It’s natural to me - adding fingers to my painting tools. Before I start painting, I use a hand barrier cream. It makes it easier to clean my hands at the end of the day. 

Painting time is not passive time for me. I enjoy the physically active time in front of a painting!

Use all your tools!

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Burridge Studio Online Workshops Coming Up…
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We have more Online Workshops in June and July

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Date Night with Bob!
Thursdays in May
One more night of our Special Date Night series - Thursdays in May!
We paint 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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Bob's been busy! Lots of new work! And the SOPs are back!

We have a new Virtual Exhibit!
The theme is “Light at the End of the Tunnel” - Specifically, the focus of this exhibit is on HOPE. I hope you all post your Light at the End of the Tunnel paintings - your vision, and enjoy looking through the gallery of work.

Join the group and post your Light at the End of the Tunnel Paintings.

Here’s what to do next to join our virtual exhibit of Windows:
•Click on this link
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•Join the group
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•Add your name, title plus more info.
Looking forward to seeing your work!
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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!
Thursdays in May, 4-6pm PT
Painting the Model Pash
Undraped and Costumed
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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 

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 

Date Night with Bob - All Zoom!
Saturdays in July, 4-6pm PT
All your favorite subjects!
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July 12-13, 2021
Zoomin' with Bob! - ONLINE WORKSHOP
Non-Objective Abstract Painting

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

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

July 22-23, 2021
Painting the Large Abstract Figure - ONLINE WORKSHOP
Sponsored by the Mendocino Art Center
Contact the registrar (707) 937-5818
or register@mendocinoartcenter.org

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.
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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
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August 12-15, 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.

August 16-17, 2021
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage - ONLINE WORKSHOP
Sponsored by the Mendocino Art Center
Contact the registrar (707) 937-5818
or register@mendocinoartcenter.org

August 19-22, 2021
Robert Burridge Studio Figure Painting Workshop/undraped model
4-day Workshop in Bob’s Arroyo Grande, CA Studio 
Limited to 6 enrollees
Contact Kate@RobertBurridge.com for fees and details.
Click HERE for more info

Monthly Demos in BobLand!
August 23 - Monday 9-10:30am Pacific Time

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Tools of the Trade - Brushes, Towels and Fingers
Love, Peace & Happiness,
BobBlast #360 - Video run time 12 minutes, 3 seconds

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