Draw anything… everyday common objects. Draw things you see everyday - maybe not those things that you often paint!
Richard Diebenkorn's drawings of things on his kitchen table: An empty glass, eyeglasses, cigarette lighter, scissors, ashtray continue to inspire me. I consider drawing and sketching very important as the first phase of painting.
This week's BobBlast is my response to those students who tell me they can't even draw a stick figure! Well, heck, I can't either… and I don't want to! Instead, I draw to help me paint establishing a confident foundation, leading me where I want to go with my paintings. The more I practice drawing things, the closer I get to making the painting I want to make. Drawing and sketching is what painters do.
Some painters approach drawing like a mechanical engineer, then paint (think Mondrian). Some will sketch loosely with a large brush, then paint with color (think De Kooning). Thankfully, there's no one correct way to see things!
So now, as the world is starting to open up again, this is a perfect time for all of us painters to paint as if we mean it.
Your First Assignment:
Draw bigger on a roll of kraft paper taped to a wall - or draw and document little things in a small sketchbook everyday. I like using Faber-Castell Artist Pitt pens, then add color with Derwent water soluble pencils.
Your Second Assignment:
Draw one common object everyday - a different one everyday and tack it up on a wall. After a month, you will see big advances in your painting. Drawing helps your painting.
I have found the most advanced painters continue to draw and sketch with curiosity. Tony Bennett drew with a ball point pen back stage before walking out to perform. He is still painting and drawing in his mid-90s!
Continue to be curious, my friends!
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Studio Mentor • 5-day Instructional • Figure Painting • One-on-One Workshops
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•July 26-30 - 5 day Instructional Workshop
•August 12-15 - Mentor Workshop
•August 19-22 - 4 day Figure Painting Workshop
•August 25-29 - 5 day Instructional Workshop
•October 20-23 - Mentor Workshop
•November 4-7 - Mentor Workshop - Sold Out
Burridge Studio Online Workshop Coming Up…
Color Lesson: Making and Using Neutrals in your Painting
September 23-24, 2021
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•July 19, 2021 9am-10:30am PT
"Dramatic Light & Color"
•August 23, 2021 9am-10:30am PT
“How to Use Bob’s Goof-Proof Color Wheel"
•September 27, 2021, 9am-10:30am PT
"Putting Figures in your Landscapes"
Date Night with Bob!
Saturdays in July • 4-6pm PT
All your Favorite Subjects!
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Something New for You! • Burridge Critiques Your Art
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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 Light at the End of the Tunnel:
•Click on this link
•OR search in Facebook for Burridge Studio Group Light at the End of the Tunnel Virtual Exhibit
•Join the group
•Post your work!
•Add your name, title plus more info.
Looking forward to seeing your work!