Practice Composition Designs in Black & White.

Before starting any painting, I write the 4 C's on the back of each piece.

First, I decide on the Concept - the big idea. The next letter C stands for Color - what color combination. Then, determine the Composition - there are twelve composition designs to choose. The final letter C stands for Commit to your original concept - meaning stop changing your mind. This helps me stay focused on the task at hand - writing the 4 C's on the back is a constant reminder.

So, this BobBlast is all about practicing the twelve compositions in black and white. Think Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell. Practicing the black and white compositions daily helps painting - for me, it almost acts like "muscle memory" - It's automatic. Motherwell refers to this as Automatism - he did hundreds of graphic exercises daily.

This is what I do - watch the video for the demo -  Using heavy drawing paper or BFK Rives gray paper, I practice short exercises with a large or long brush, dipped into black fluid acrylic. I focus on a different composition each day. After awhile, the designs become automatic. Of course these composition designs work for all painting styles - abstract to realism.

Here are some resources:  

"The Collected Writings of Robert Motherwell"   Oxford University Press, 1992
Robert Motherwell - Inventions and ReInventions Series - 1975-1991

Google this:  Franz Kline - Black & White Series

Practice Practice Practice!

The above studio lessons, materials and much, much more are featured in my Workshops all over the country! 

Check out these 2 workshops coming up:

Cloudcroft Art Workshops, Cloudcroft,  NM 
July 18-22, 2016
Registrar@CloudcroftArt.com or lshiplett48@yahoo.com
www.cloudcroftart.com

Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA
August 8-12, 2016
August 15-19, 2016
Contact Education Director (707) 937-5818
or register@mendocinoartcenter.org

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Practice Composition Designs in Black and White
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Robert Burridge
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