February was a wild ride with three back-to-back Loosen Up Workshops. First week was held at the Art Center Sarasota in Florida. Beautifully located among the elegant marinas, the hospitality and social events were so welcoming, I stayed on an extra day to see the Ringling Circus Museum. It took me back to the earthy aromas and performers being shot out of cannons.
My Florida Tour continued north, up to Pensacola. Another grand example of nature drifting onto huge, soft beaches and clean Gulf Bays. The workshop painters were energetic, talented and full of real Southern Hospitality - they even made me real Gumbo! I will be returning to Pensacola in January 2010.
Joyce, Pensacola Workshop Coordinator
Fanciful Animal Assignment in Pensacola
The third workshop was in Daphne, Alabama, across the bay from Mobile. This is a beautiful section of America - Gentility, charm and throw in a Mardi Gras parade and you’ve got a party! I loved my short time there. Onward and upward!
Daphne, Alabama Workshop
The New Burridge Colorful Composition Chart
Introducing the new Burridge Composition Chart featuring dynamic color combinations from the Burridge Goof-Proof Color Wheel (shameless!)
Imagine painting your next powerful masterpiece with this studio chart nearby. It’s helpful if you get off track and need to refocus your color, your composition and your original intention. And it’s made in the USA.
•Burridge Colorful Composition Chart
•Two colorful painting examples per composition
•Twelve black and white line sketches
•11x17 inches overall, printed on 14 pt. coated cover
$14.95 + CA sales tax (if applicable) + S/H
For info on ordering click HERE to go to Burridge Products.
New Solo Show
"No Full Disclosure"
Show in Progress
“No Full Disclosure”
Mendocino Art Center
45200 Little Lake Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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Bob at his Show (left)
Bob & Michele Ketterer, Gallery Coordinator (right)
Bob & Linn Bottorf, MAC Registrar (left)
Show Reception (right)
Workshops in the Spotlight
Ecuador Llama & Children
Discover Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands!
November 26-30, 2009
Galápagos Island Adventure
November 30-December 9, 2009
Painting Workshop and Tour
Purses at Market
Workshop Setting and Highlights…
Quito… Ecuador’s capital city, second highest capital in the world, at 9,842 ft, has one of the most magnificent settings in a basin surrounded by Andean mountain peaks. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Quito boasts one of Latin America’s richest concentration of colonial churches, plazas, museums, and historic buildings... We will enjoy a visit to the Middle of the World Monument at latitude 0'0'0", where it is possible to stand in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres at the same time.
Avenue of the Volcanoes and Hacienda Agustin De Callo… Travel south through the Avenue of the Volcanoes along the Central Sierras to visit Cotopaxi National Park with 82,533 acres, where wild horses roam, and home to the highest active volcano in the world, Cotopaxi. Stay at Hacienda San Agustin de Callo, built on the site of an Inca Palace, one of the two most important archeological Inca sites in Ecuador. www.incahacienda.com
The renowned Hacienda Cusin and the Otavalo Inca Market High among Ecuador’s Andean peaks you will find incredible scenery with ice capped volcanoes and pastoral scenes of colorfully dressed indigenous herders watching sheep and llamas graze windswept fields of grass. The indigenous market of Otavalo offers crafts for tourists from the many nearby small villages that specialize in a particular craft. We stay at the Hacienda Cusin a restored 17th century Andean estate, now a country inn. Terracotta roof tiles, cobblestone and fountain courtyards, and several acres of perennial gardens. www.haciendacusin.com
THE GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS! Add-on Nov 26-30, 2009
It’s not too often you come across a place that is unique in the world, like the unique Galápagos Islands. Everyone has heard of this archipelago, far out in the Pacific Ocean, protecting a bubble of life like nowhere else in the world, where doe-eyed sea lions, birds with blue feet, and tortoises as big as armchairs roam free and fearless. The islands, strictly monitored by the National Park Service to insure that this unique ecosystem is minimally impacted, are one of the world’s natural treasures. Only a lucky few actually get to swim with puppy-sized penguins and walk past nesting seabirds close enough to touch, and all are completely nonplussed by human presence. The feeling of looking at acres of wild animals that don’t flee at your arrival – a place where you actually have to be careful not to step on any creatures as you walk down the trail – is nothing short of amazing. By the end of your stay, you will have gotten a taste of what the earth was like before the human race showed up and started throwing its weight around. You’ll go home understanding how a short visit to the islands over 170 years ago sparked one of the most controversial scientific theories. Come experience it while you can.
Girls in Marketplace
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Breaking News! There are a few spaces left for Bob’s April Mendocino Art Center Workshop:
April 27-May 1, 2009
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
5-day Workshop (Monday-Friday)
Mendocino Art Center
Contact Linn, the Registrar,
PO Box 765, Mendocino, CA 95460
(800) 653-3328 or (707) 937-5818
Pencil Set of 120 Colors
Albrecht Dürer Set from Faber-Castell
You may already know one of Europe’s oldest manufacturers of high quality color pencils, producing over 1800 million black lead and colored pencils a year. Founded in 1761, Faber-Castell is still run by the same family. The quality of color saturation is perfect for my type of throwing things around on paper. I work these pencils either dry, then spray or brush with water - or I dip the pencil in water and continue to paint/draw all over the watercolor paper. And, if you need more ideas, the set comes with an instructional CD. What I like best: Great watercolor effects, highly resistant to fading and very tough leads … Ideal for my heavy-handed drawing style.
Red at Night
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Oliv from Banner Elk, NC asks: When asked to submit a bio, what advice do you have for someone whose resume is very weak (no college art degree, limited training, and only two shows)? Also, what should an "artist's statement" include?
Dear Oliv, Thanks so much for your question - this is one of my favorite subjects! When writing your bio, the best advice I can give you is to make it narrative and conversational. My favorite format is actually a Q&A style - “When did you first know you were an artist?”
“When did you show your work for the first time?” I have found that this format is easy to read and it holds your reader’s interest too!
Your bio is about how you feel as an artist--your favorite subjects, technique, etc. Your bio can contain a little “human interest” about you as an artist. You cannot separate yourself from your life, so go ahead and talk about your life before “committing to the life of an artist.” People like to know where you came from, if you have always done art or were you a teacher, a psychologist or a scientist? I think you catch my drift. My next favorite thing to add to a bio is a photo - or two! A photo of you and your work, in your studio, with your award-winning painting, etc.
Now, your Bio is about you - your Artist Statement is about your art. Galleries rely on your Artist Statement to explain your intentions to potential buyers. In your absence, it speaks to buyers. Yes, your work should speak for itself, and some artists believe a written explanation only makes their work less powerful; but potential first-time buyers need a little help. Buyers want to know everything about you. Educating the viewer makes them buyers. Buyers and collectors don’t buy art for its beauty. They buy and want something of the artist: your inspiration, your vision, your talent. Here are the high points:
•Don’t use “artspeak” -- describe your concept and intention so people can understand what you're talking about.
•Write about WHY you created the art first - the HOW you created it is secondary.
Bios and Artist Statements are an essential part of your self-promotion - along with your resume, photos, website/blog, etc. Thanks for your email. Hope this helps!
Special Note: We have updated the “How to Photo” Notes in both our Hot Art Marketing Workbook and the Workbook & Studio Notes. We collaborated with our pro photographer, Forrest Doud from San Luis Obispo. This new section includes more up-to-date info on taking digitals. If you would like to update your book with these notes, please send us $5.00 and a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope (42-cent postage) Thank you!
For more info, click HERE to check out our Hot Art Marketing Workbook.
Thanks for asking Kate!
Kate Your Art Marketing Girl
Our beloved Tuxie, 1993-2009
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Goof Proof Color Wheel
This is my fourth feature on successful color combinations using my Goof-Proof Color Wheel. It works for me! Just a reminder - I use Holbein Acryla acrylic paints. You could also use your own professional-grade paints and simply match my color wheel system as closely as you can. This month, the featured color is Cadmium Middle Green.
Decide on a Color Combination and a Composition Design Structure.
•Cad Middle Green is the Dominant color
•Compose Rose is the Focal Point color
•Marigold is a Spice Color around the Focal Point color
•Katsura Blue is the second Spice Color used around the Focal Point Color
Dominant Color All Over
Step One: I cover the entire canvas with one dominant color, splashing the stuff all over.
Compose Rose is the Focal Point Color
Step Two: Next I goof around with the focal point color, Compose Rose. I’ve established the composition as a Golden Section design. The focal point had the most contrasting sections.
Add two spice colors.
Step Three: Add the two Spice Colors - Marigold and Katsura Blue. These two colors go around the Focal Point as pure colors. Used elsewhere, you “gray down” those two Spice Colors. Whatever your style or technique, always start loose, wet and abstractly.
The Final Painting from the Burridge Color Wheel
Sisters, from No Full Disclosure Show
This painting of “Sisters” was painted with the same color combination. Note the artistic liberty. Stay loose but use this color system.
For a detailed description of the Burridge Goof Proof Color Wheel, click HERE.
You should have on hand two types of adhesives in your studio: Yes Glue and gel medium. Here are the differences between the two adhesives and when to use them.
The “work horse” for all my collage gluing is acrylic-based gel medium. I use soft gel medium, semi-gloss. It is not extra thick. Because the gel adhesive is acrylic, I can continue using acrylic paint on top and finish off with an acrylic varnish.
The Yes Glue is different. It has been around forever. Much like a library paste, it is used for book making due to its acclaimed archival and acid free qualities. It is water-based. But here’s the deal: Yes Glue is popular amongst watercolorists who use collage and watercolor paint together. When dried, Yes Glue assemblages can later be painted on with watercolor (or acrylic). The point being, Yes Glue is not an acrylic adhesive - a good thing to know if you want to paint watercolor techniques on top of your collage assemblage.
Stop the Presses! Now, published experts and experienced collage artists are claiming their Yes Glue assemblages over time DO turn brownish! Yes Glue is NOT archival as claimed. Ann Baldwin, award winning collage artist has stated, “it may not be the great idea we once thought it was.” So I’m changing my mind and switching “everything collage” back to Golden’s Soft Gel Medium or Heavy Gel Matte Medium. Polyvinyl Alcohol Adhesive (PVA) is my other favorite adhesive. It stays flexible and clear.
Bob’s Favorite Brown Tape
In every workshop I teach, I’m asked about my adhesive tape and where do I get it? I use it for taping everything - from shipping boxes to temporarily hanging my paper samples on the walls. My favorite tape is a Kraft (brown) paper tape from Uline.
It is very sticky, holds heavy things to the wall and peels off without removing the wall paint. This stuff works great as a general, all-purpose, studio tape. www.uline.com - the product is “Pressure Sensitive Kraft Tape.”
Attention Shoppers… do not buy that lame “blue tape.” It is actually blue “painters tape” for house painters, not painter-painters! This blue tape is designed to be easily removed so consequently it does not hold things to the wall very long or very well. Besides, that blue color tape sticking around the painting is annoying to me. One more thing - do not use “framer’s tape” or cloth tape in a workshop. These tapes are used specifically for other uses and not generally for art studio purposes.
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
If you’ve been reading my newsletters and book reviews, you know I enjoy reading about the lives and history of artists and how they made their art during their time in history. I’m usually years behind in what’s currently a hot book. This brilliant and easy to read novel, written several years ago, is about how the European cathedrals were built. Based on exhausting research, Pillars of the Earth is practically a daily account how a monk was driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known. It is a spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy and absolute abusive power of kings and their knights (sounds current!).
This is a monumental masterpiece by the #1 New York Times best-selling author of “World Without End.” You may also know his other familiar works such as “Eye of the Needle,” “The Modigliani Scandal” and “On Wings of Eagles,” to name only a few.
I learned more about the history of the tenth century than when I was in art school. Fascinating, crammed with characters, entertaining and seemingly authentic, this book satisfied and surprised me on a grand scale.
Pillars of the Earth
by Ken Follett
Paperback: 973 pages
Publisher: NAL Trade; DeLuxe Edition edition (November 14, 2007)
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
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A New How-To Book Review
Creative Paint Workshop for Mixed Media Artists by Ann Baldwin
The title says it all. This book shows it all -- from experimental techniques for composition, layering, texture, imagery to encaustics and cutting edge collage, Ann Baldwin is the eminent authority on this subject. If you’ve taken her popular workshops you already realize how fortunate you are to have met her and her clear knowledge on the subject of making fine, innovative art that is stunning, has impact and is award-winning.
This very artist-friendly guide book answers all your questions on art materials, creativity, digital photography in mixed media and plenty of step-by-step encaustic painting. Enjoy the opportunity to learn from Ann Baldwin. This book should be in your studio.
Creative Paint Workshop for Mixed Media Artists
by Ann Baldwin
Spiral-bound: 144 pages
Publisher: Quarry Books; Spi edition (March 1, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.3 x 1 inches
Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Music to Paint (and Move!) By
More music! My taste in music is rather eclectic. In my studio and during workshops I play many different styles - classical, world, jazz, lounge…
Music of the Month!
Hotplate 2 Cover Art
Stereo MCs - Hotplate 2
My favorite song off this short album (only four songs) is “You’ve Got it All.” Good painting-along background album. Lately I’ve been enjoying and recommending these adult, club dance, funky, jazzy types. The energy is light and hip swinging. Good paint energy!
Original Release Date: June 29, 2008
Label: Graffiti Recordings
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Music by Cavelight Cover Art
Blockhead - Music by Cavelight
This downtempo is a relaxed party background groove with warp jams and quality backbeats. This reads like I know what I’m talking about - I read the liner notes and I’m in agreement. Music by Cavelight is filled with excellent production values and voted Best Chill. If I ever take an island vacation, this CD comes with me. Blockhead has a huge following and many CDs. Good studio paint time stuff.
•Music by Cavelight
Audio CD (March 23, 2004)
Original Release Date: March 23, 2004
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Ninja Tune
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For even more music, click HERE and it will take you to my complete, favorite Workshop Music. We will post more favorites and new finds every month in our ArtsyFartsy News and on my website. We’ve separated them into categories to make it easier. Enjoy!
Doctor Bob’s Advice Column
•How Do You Know You’ve Arrived When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going?
•Write Them All Down
In other words... you can tell when your painting is finished if you set your goals before hand.
Bob at the Ringling Bros Museum in Sarasota, Florida
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