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June 2012

Welcome Back!!!

Sausalito Art Festival

Hi Everyone! It’s been awhile... I have been working on my solo exhibit for the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art plus a lot of traveling with a full workshop schedule! Sorry it has taken us so long to send out a new ArtsyFartsy Newsletter!

So, that said, we are happy to announce that my exhibit opens on Friday, June 1! Titled “Impure Thoughts” -- an yes, the images are exactly what you think they are. Hey, I’m dealing with Catholic grade school stuff, so just the title alone has our local media buzzing. As you can imagine, I’m having fun with this one!

Impure Thoughts
Impure Thoughtsl

Impure Thoughts...
Large Installation Drawings in Chalk, Ash, Pastels & Powders

June 1 - July 22, 2012. Opening Reception is June 1st, 6-8 pm
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo, CA

The artwork is all done - it has been photographed - we have published a catalog, limited edition giclée sets of selected artwork and two new sets of BobArt Notecards. Product information is at the end of this newsletter. All the artwork, plus my artist’s statement is on my website. Please go and check it out!

www.RobertBurridge.com QR code
www.RobertBurridge.com QR code

You are all invited to come to the opening!

I had a great time working on large paper with pastels and charcoal. No water! In this newsletter, I have made an effort to pass on the info that I learned, check out the Studio Tips for some new products I started working with and new ways of working on big art in my studio.

Impure Thoughts Exhibition Products!

Exhibition Catalog
Exhibition Catalog

Click here for ordering info.

BobArt Cards, Impure Thoughts
BobArt Cards, Impure Thoughts

Click here for ordering info

Limited Edition Giclée Sets:

Impure Thoughts - Exhibit Images
Six Limited Edition Giclée Prints 
click here for more info & to order

Impure Thoughts - Sketchbook Pages
Six Limited Edition Giclée Prints
click here for more info & to order

Impure Thoughts - Exhibit & Sketchbook Set
Twelve Limited Edition Giclée Prints
click here for more info & to order

Workshops in the Spotlight
Lots of Figure Workshops coming up!

Bob in Figure Workshop
Bob in Figure Workshop

About these workshops - Contemporary Abstract Figure & Collage is all about drawing and painting the contemporary figure. If you ever wanted to learn how to paint the freestyle abstract figure, this workshop is for you! Variety of poses, lots of paint sketching and gestural painting. Be prepared to paint looser, bolder, freer, lighter and more intuitively. Your “drawing skills” are not a prerequisite. This class is fun for everyone!

Contemporary Abstract Figure Painting & Collage
Dillman's Creative Arts Foundation, Lac du Flambeau, WI
June 24-29, 2012
Contact (715) 588-3143 or vacations@dillmans.com
www.dillmans.com

Contemporary Abstract Figure Painting & Collage
Jerry’s Artarama, Raleigh, NC
July 9-13, 2012
Contact Sharon DiGiulio, Workshop Coordinator (919) 876-6610
www.jerrysartevents.com

Contemporary Abstract Figure Painting & Collage
Fallbrook School of the Arts, Fallbrook CA
October 23-25, 2012
Contact Brigitte Schlemmer, Executive Director
brigitte@fallbrookschoolofthearts.org or call (760)728-6383
www.fallbrookschoolofthearts.org 

Contemporary Abstract Figure & Collage
Ocean Springs Art Association, Ocean Springs, MS
November 14-18, 2012
Contact Carole Marie Stuart, carole1947@bellsouth.net
www.oceanspringsartassociation.org

Sausalito

June 14-17 Studio Mentor Workshop - There is one spot open!
Paint with Bob in his studio in Arroyo Grande, CA - Limited to seven enrollees. Contact Kate for more information! kate@robertburridge.com

More Great Trips! International Workshops
Please Join Us!

Hope Town Lighthouse
Hope Town Lighthouse

Paint with Bob in the Bahamas!
January 19-26, 2013
Contact Dillman’s Creative Arts Foundation
(715) 588-3143 or vacations@dillmans.com
www.dillmans.com Check out our Bahamas Trip photo album on Facebook. Click HERE for the public link.

San Miguel De Allende
San Miguel De Allende

Paint with Bob in San Miguel De Allende!!
March 17-23, 2013
www.flyingcolorsart.com
Nestled high in the cool hills of central Mexico, San Miguel De Allende is one the hippest, busiest, most charming towns in Mexico. San Miguel is an artist’s colony with many Americans and Europeans living and studying there. It’s a fun town, colorful, musical, full of painting and shopping opportunities.

We will be housed in a lovely hotel with heated pool and tropical shrubbery, close to the art institute and a few blocks from the cathedral and town square. Breakfasts will be in the hotel and dinners at various restaurants in the area. We’re on our own for lunches.

Facade, Parish Miguel Allende
Facade, Parish Miguel Allende

San Miguel is lots of fun becasue there are always gallery openings, a cultural event, concert or play, and some outstanding restaurants. The weather, at this time of year, is perfect.

Facade, Parish Miguel Allende
Cuban Street Scene

November 24 to December 4, 2013
and December 5–17, 2013
Paint Cuba with Bob Burridge

Visit the mystical island that has been off limits to most Americans as we delve into the religious and secular life of everyday Cubans. The experience is sponsored by the Center For Caribbean Religion & Culture and Vantage Travel. The trip includes 43 religious features, 3 UNESCO world heritage sites, sightseeing tours, and at least 30 hours of painting instruction with Bob. This is a country of historical contradictions quickly changing... you will not want to miss this stage of it's development. Sponsored by Dillman's Creative Arts Foundation
Contact (715) 588-3143 or vacations@dillmans.com
www.dillmans.com
For more details click here.

We Want to Hear From You!

Keep those Studio Tips and your questions coming! If we use yours in an ArtsyFartsy Newsletter, we will send you a Burridge Permission Mug.

Permission Mug

Roberta from Connecticut asks:
I notice when Bob paints very very large paintings , they are attached to the wall...is it canvas or paper and how is he attaching it?

Showing Moveable Wall”in my Studio
Showing “Moveable Wall” in my Studio

Thanks Roberta!
When I paint on large, prestretched canvas I simply hang them on long screws (used as hooks) under the top stretcher bar. Right now I am working on very large paper - I made several moveable walls out of 1/2" gatorboard and plywood that I could lean against the studio wall so I would have a completely flat surface.

Painting the Plywood Walls
Painting the Plywood Walls

White Walls
White Walls

First, I painted the plywood white so I would have a neutral working surface. On that surface, I mount my paper temporarily with staples or industrial tacks.

Overview of Studio
Overview of Studio

Hope this helps - We’ll send you a Permission Mug!

Bob’s Studio Tip for Loosening Up
Protecting the Seven Foot Pastel Drawings

Medium for Impure Thoughts
Medium for Impure Thoughts

Ever since the 7’ x 7’ drawings appeared on my website, I have received many inquiries as to how I was going to hang and protect them? These hand made papers are heavy, rough and perfect for charcoal and pastels, but vulnerable if not protected behind glass. The 7’ size prohibited glass so I “seal” and fix the surface with the time honored spray fixative of casein... milk! The same stuff that protects the Sistine Chapel ceiling for 500 years. And have you seen it lately?

SpectraFix Pastel Fixative       Cows

SpectraFix is the pump spray brand I use. I have found other spray fixes tend to darken the pastels. SpectraFix solution dries clear and tough. SpectraFix Natural Casein Spray Fixative for Pastel, Charcoal, Watercolor, Gouache and Mixed Media. Look at these sites for ordering information. Dick Blick, Jerry’s Artarama, Dakota Art Pastels. For product specification, go to www.spectrafix.com/about.html.

Ask Kate about Art Marketing

ASK KATE! With every newsletter, Kate will post your questions and her responses on the subject of marketing, sales, and promotion. If your question is selected for the newsletter, you will receive a Burridge Permission Mug. If you have a burning question that you would like to have answered -- for your benefit and everyone else's -- email Kate at kate@robertburridge.com

Shirley from Oregon asks:
Please explain to me how copyright works.  I took Bob’s class a couple months ago in Oregon and I do not exactly understand…..does your copyright mean that we cannot paint any pears or other vegetables or fruit or  tree or floral or landscape that Bob taught us how to paint in class.  Of course, I know that we cannot copy exactly  those items that are on his Web pages, but if we do our own versions of the above items?  I did really enjoy the class and learned a lot, but I do submit paintings to our local art shows, etc.  but just am not sure  where I can go on this information.
 

Dear Shirley,
Thanks for your question -- and it is a doozy!
I have been asked this question about copyright, fair use, etc etc, a number of times and I have spent many hours combing thru copyright websites to see if I could find out anything new.

What Bob and I teach is this - it is an infringement of copyright if another's work is copied - in ANY way. The "percent changed argument" is so ambiguous that it is almost a non-issue. There is no magic formula. Yes - if an artist copies their instructor or a step-by-step from a magazine, they are infringing the copyright. I guess, to be fair, the art magazines should publish a disclaimer OR give everyone a fair use permit. On the other hand, studies completed in a workshop or with a magazine "lesson" were never meant to be works of art to be exhibited, sold or published. 

Sometimes artists have gotten away with copying by saying "after the manner of..." or "in homage to..." but it is still copying.

Those are my two cents. A VERY interesting subject and certainly charges up a room of art students!

To keep yourself in the know and updated, here’s your homework - go to these websites:
www.plagiarismtoday.com
www.loc.gov/copyright
www.artcc.org

Click here to view the PDF by Joshua Kaufman titled Copyright Infringement, An Art Copyright Coalition White Paper.

Also check out Joshua Kaufman’s website: www.jjkaufman.com

Hot Art Marketing Workbook

Click HERE for details for Hot Art Marketing Workbook.
Click HERE for details for Hot Art Marketing DVD.

Kate’s Marketeers
Kate’s Marketeers

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Products in the Spotlight

My latest DVDs are two of my favorite subjects! “Abstract Painting & Collage" and "Abstract Landscapes & Trees"

2 New DVDs
2 New DVDs

These DVDs are colorful, step-by-step demos teaching everything I do in my studio and explaining everything I’m doing. Both DVDs are filled with visual examples, live real time painting and easy to understand instructions. From concept to composition and color - all the way to the finished painting.

Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
55 minutes, $24.95 + s/h
click here for more info

Painting Abstract Landscapes & Trees
44 minutes, $25.95 + s/h
click here for more info

Online Special - Buy both for $44.95!
Plus shipping, handling and CA sales tax if applicable.
click here for more info!

Thank you Subscribers!
Free Gift with Purchase!

Start Abstract Painting Today! DVD and Loosen Up Series DVD
50 Sure-Fire Things to Do to be a Better Painter

A nifty mini-poster to hang in your studio! Some things are tongue in cheek, others a little more challenging, but all with Bob’s light-hearted attitude in his studio and his workshops! A great reminder. 8.5x11, color on 14 pt coated cover paper. Free with every purchase. One per order.

Recommended Product

Joe’s Prime Cradled Painting Panels
Joe’s Prime Cradled Painting Panels

The Cheap Joe’s Cradle Panel is my newest favorite surface to paint and collage on. Much like an Ampersand panel, these wood panels have canvas-depth wood sides, are lightweight and take the abuse I give them... plus they’re cheap!

Ms. Fancy Pants and The Magic Trick

I paint, collage, sand and finish with two thin coats of acrylic varnish. I wire them for hanging and off to the gallery they go! No framing, no glass and no mats required. These are so cool to paint on because the wood surface does not bounce around like a canvas does.

Bob and Wall of Paintings on Cradled Panels
Bob and Wall of Paintings on Cradled Panels

My gallery opening in Key West, Florida featured the circus paintings on these panels. Most sold opening night.

Bob’s Tip For Loosening Up!

I have found that my day is more successful if I do a lot of preparation at the very beginning. So, before I start painting to do the following:

Painting Table Set-Up
Painting Table Set-Up

1. Cover my table with a 4 ml polyethylene plastic sheet.
2. Put out the materials that I am planning on using - paint, a few brushes, water bucket.
3. Making sure I have plenty of room to work, I put all my materials within arm’s reach - on the right side of my table.... because I’m right-handed! That way, I’m not always reaching across my body and the painting for the stuff I need.

I Wrote FOCUS on my Studio Wall
I Wrote FOCUS on my Studio Wall

There is something else I do that helps me in the studio - just a small word with a huge impact. That word is FOCUS. I even wrote “focus” on my studio wall when I started working on my Impure Thoughts paintings!

So ... We made Focus Slips to hand out in my workshops!

FOCUS Slip
FOCUS Slip

I have more tips for loosening up! Check out my Loosen Up Studio Workbook for more techniques to help you stay loose, relaxed and creative!

Robert Burridge’s Workbook & Studio Notes
Robert Burridge’s Workbook & Studio Notes

I have more tips for loosening up! Check out my Loosen Up Studio Workbook for more techniques to help you stay loose, relaxed and creative! Click here for product information.

Recommended Books

The books below are all in my library, with decidedly a West Coast focus. Make sure to watch the Cool School DVD, also about the emerging west coast art scene.

Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles Art, 1945-1980

Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles Art, 1945-1980
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Getty Research Institute; 1 edition (October 18, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1606060724
ISBN-13: 978-1606060728
Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 9.2 x 1.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
(buy at Amazon)

Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series

Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Prestel USA (September 29, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3791351389
ISBN-13: 978-3791351384
Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
(buy at Amazon)

L.A. Raw: Abject Expressionism in Los Angeles, 1945-1980

L.A. Raw: Abject Expressionism in Los Angeles, 1945-1980: From Rico Lebrun to Paul McCarthy
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Foggy Notion Books/Pasadena Museum of California Art (March 31, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0983587027
ISBN-13: 978-0983587026
Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10 x 0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
(buy at Amazon)

Recommended DVDs

Cool School DVD

Cool School
Actors: Jeff Bridges, Dennis Hopper
Directors: Morgan Neville
Format: Color, DVD, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: NEW VIDEO GROUP
DVD Release Date: March 16, 2010
Run Time: 86 minutes
ASIN: B002ZTQVLQ
(buy at Amazon)

Painters Painting - New York Art Scene

Painters Painting - New York Art Scene
Actors: New York Art Scene, 1940-1970

Directors: Emile de Antonio
Format: Black & White, Color, DVD, NTSC
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: NEW VIDEO GROUP
DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
Run Time: 116 minutes
ASIN: B002ZMZBIM
(buy at Amazon)

Music to Paint By

New recommendations from my iPod and Pandora - everything from dance to new age to “electronic swing” - you might recognize music from a current TV commercial - very hot!

Outside the Skyline by Miguel Mig

Outside the Skyline by Miguel Migs
Audio CD (September 20, 2011)
Original Release Date: 2011
Number of Discs: 1
Label: O.M. Records
ASIN: B005CNMJD6
(buy at Amazon)

Violet by Panda’s Dream

Violet by Panda’s Dream
MP3 Download

Original Release Date: March 17, 2009
Label: System Recordings
Copyright: 2009 System Recordings
Genres: Dance & DJ
ASIN: B0028FOHJK
(buy at Amazon)

Charleston Butterfly by Parov Stelar

Charleston Butterfly by Parov Stelar
MP3 Download
Original Release Date: June 19, 2006
Label: Etage Noir Recordings
Copyright: 2006 Etage Noir Recordings
Total Length: 14:39
Genres: Dance & DJ, Jazz
ASIN: B000QZWEPS
(buy at Amazon)

Inspiration - Painting Intentions Today. My Goal for any Painting

Painting Intentions Today
Painting Intentions Today

Paintings should have some sort of story appeal. The viewer might ask, “What’s going on here?” It could be a simple, singular idea like two shapes simply touching or leaning against each other. The idea is to create a visual tension and visually communicate the idea with form, shape, color, mood and brush marks.

I want the viewer to believe they are eavesdropping on a painting that is having a good time chatting!

For me, even a simple, single idea is enough to get me started. Then my heart and passion take over. If it’s worth painting, its worth looking at!

My process for painting today is a mixture of personal ritualistic, improv theatre expressing my impression of what pleases me at that time and going at it like my best painting hasn’t happened yet....

The Show is Finished!
The Show is Finished!

Robert Burridge
Burridge Workshop for Artists

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