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Burridge Goof Proof Color Wheel App
Introducing the Burridge Studio app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Create show-stopping paintings with the help of artist, Robert Burridge. The Burridge Studio app features his Goof-Proof Color Wheel as well as several reference charts that help you achieve your painting goals, from Rembrandt-style lighting and painting the illusion of glass, to dynamic design compositions. Pinch to zoom, swipe and scroll through charts to get a better view of the techniques that Robert Burridge uses. New updated versions, click here to view in iTunes Store.
The Burridge Studio App is free - there are in-app purchases for the Color Wheel app and the 3 Studio Charts apps.
Color Wheel App - Red Dominant
The Burridge Color Wheel app is pretty cool! It is interactive so you can touch the dominant color on the device's screen and it moves to reveal the color combination. Also included in this app is an image gallery of finished paintings and color combination demos, all identified with their color combination. Color Comparison Chart and instructions are also included. Looks great on Kate's iPad Mini and my iPad.
In App Purchases
Color Wheel App - $9.99
Studio Charts Apps - $4.99/each
Click here to view in iTunes Store
The Best Rolls of Tape in my Studio
Yes, I have also tried them all. Some tape works better than others… and for different reasons.
The Sticky Things I Use
For light weight paper collages, sometime I will use 3M Super 77 Multi Purpose Adhesive. But - if I plan to continue painting with acrylics and I am using heavier paper and cardboard in my collage, my glue of choice is "heavy-body acrylic gel adhesive" such as the acrylic water based gel mediums. And boy, there are a lot of different ones out there! My favorite is Nova Gel #207. (Don't get a combo of Medium/Varnish because the varnish won't be optically clear and may fog up!) — I will talk more about mediums in the next issue of the ArtsyFartsy News.
But the tapes have more specific purposes. I'll describe what I do with each.
Bob's Favorite Brown Tape
My go-to, general purpose, studio, really-tapes-things-down, brown paper tape is what I use to close and seal shipping boxes, tape paintings to the wall, or tape anything down that I really want to stick. Also called "boxtape," it is available in various sizes and can be purchased in single rolls at a U-Haul Moving Supply Store or in bulk (24 rolls) at uline.com. Instead of using tacks, I use this tape to temporarily adhere my paper paintings to the wall.
I also use hard-edge temporary tapes. These tapes are made for making a clean, sharp edge and for creating multiple layers of "template looking" shapes. When the paint dries, the tape is slowly peeled back, revealing the crisp white edge of the paper - like a frisket. Kleenedge, Scotch Blue Painters' Tape or Frogtape Delicate Surface. Visit their "how-to" section of frogtape.com for tips. I use this tape to mask off a border on a full sheet of watercolor paper. Inside the taped border I swirl charcoal and dirt, then draw and paint with an oil stick. When finished, I peel back the tape, revealing a clean paper edge. Note that these delicate-style tapes will not hold your paper to the wall.
Taping off Border with Blue Painters' Tape
Painters' tapes are meant as a temporary straight edge or frisket, most commonly used by house painters - it's that crazy blue color so they can quickly find pieces of left-behind tape on window sills and hidden in corners.
White "Pro" and "Artist's Tape-Acid Free" are what I use to tape my watercolor paper paintings to backboards or mats where I'm concerned for acid-free and archival issues.
Gorilla Tape is an industrial strength, extra durable, tough black tape used to practically hold a car together. Like your dad's roll of gray tape, but only black and a lot more extra sticky! (Hey, it says so on the label!)
And the 3M Gaffers Black Cloth Tape is the Ferrari of all tapes. Gaffer's tape is matte black, high strength cloth, waterproof and sticks to most surfaces… and it's $30 a roll. Ask any photographer... They can't live without it.
Ring on Back of Painting Panel
Use real framing hardware found at art stores or frame shops. If you are doing simple stuff like wiring or screwing in D-rings, the easy, yet satisfying art making stuff, I suggest this. One third down the back side of the wood frame, drill a smaller pilot hole, being careful not to go all the way through the frame. Gently screw in the D-ring. Use picture framers' wire to complete the job. A pair of small wire cutters and a Philips head screwdriver are helpful.
But wait! The March 2014 issue of The Artist's Magazine features a very thorough informative article on framing techniques and hardware. "The Hardware Facts" by Chris A. Paschke. This article will clearly show you how to frame your work.
Self-Piercing Lath Screws
Lath Screws on the Back of a Painting Panel
I talk about all this framing stuff in my workshops and I received a follow-up question from Mady, from Arizona:
"I was in your Art Box class in California this past November. You had some unusual way of attaching hanging wire to the gallery wrap canvas. I thought you said it was "self piercing lathe" but I must have gotten it wrong because the hardware store didn't know what I was talking about. Could you email me the name of the correct piece of hardware?"
Self-Piercing Lath Screw Closeup
Mady - Thanks for your email! It is "Self-Piercing Lath Wood Screws". It already has the washer on it. Above is another closeup on the back of a wooden cradled painting panel. For your question, we will send you a Burridge Permission Mug!
We Want to Hear From You
First off, please know you are not in the framing business. Let's suppose you are in the business of selling your paintings. You have a choice of either not adding on the cost of a frame or to sell the painting unframed. For a canvas, I paint the canvas sides a mid-gray and sell as is or I drop the canvas into a floater-style frame. I do not make a big, "interior designer frame" statement. So, if you want a good looking frame, have it done by your local professional framer.
Painting the Sides
When I am responsible for the look of an entire exhibition, I reframe all my work for this show in the same style frame. This keeps the show visually cohesive. The frames are contemporary and simple in design and do not attract attention away from the painting. I feel that any frame that draws attention to itself is not doing its job. The frame is there to physically protect the painting and not to add to the decor of the room. Others disagree with me on this point… I however keep my business real simple. I paint and my customer can frame!
Floater Frame Detail
So, having said all that, I use floater-style frames with canvases up to 24 x 24 inches. I feel this contemporary presentation shows off the abstract modern style better than the older style ready-made frames.
I purchase floater frames locally or from art supply catalogs. The frame design accepts all different canvas depths from 3/4 inch deep up to the larger floater style that fits the 2 inch "museum style" wrap around canvases. The best advice I can say, for those not familiar with this new floater style frame is to see your local framer first. They will assemble the look you want.
Use Mats for a Great Presentation
Mats, Backboards and Clear Bags
I enjoy the ceremonial process of mating and sleeving my paintings. It's a completion kind of thing. Note that I did not say cutting mats. Don't Do It! Buy them in bulk at great prices. My latest mat source is Matboards & More. Their quality, product and service is the best I have found. Or again, find a local source who can match the same product and price.
Bob's Resource List of Favorite Stuff for his Studio!
I am asked - What are my favorite art materials I work with in my studio? I put together this list - from paint to paper to brushes; varnishes to mediums; barrier creams to signing pens! As I discover more products and fall in love with them, I will add to my list. These are the products and materials that work for me!
Click here to see my New Resource List!
Bob's Favorite Magazine (this month!)
Raw Vision, current issue
Raw Vision Magazine is a quarterly publication. Each issue jump starts or wakes me up - creatively. It's the world's only international magazine of outsider art, If you are interested in far out visionary art mingled with hip, contemporary folk art, this magazine is worth the self-education investment. ($49/4 issues)
Even though my painting style does not resemble any of this, the images and self-taught imagination excites me. Warning: You are going to see art you've never seen before. Isn't that the point of what we do? (Come to think of it - their art work is throughout our home and walls.)
Bananas by Justin Dobbs Robinson
The text is scholarly written and not by those cheesy, art-speak paid writers that other magazines use. Each issue features cutting edge outsider artists from around the world. Those visionary artists do not consider themselves "artists" per se. They are gifted, self-taught visionaries with grandiose imagination and a mission of living in their studios and telling their own stories.
In 1922, a German psychiatrist and art historian Hans Prinzhorn published "The Art of Insanity: An Analysis of Ten Schizophrenic Artists" which was the first time avant garde artists took a second look, influencing the likes of Franz Marc, Paul Klee, Max Ernst and Joan Dubuffet. Prinzhorn's theories influenced Surrealists, and helped formulate the Art Brut movement - which led to the origins of outsider art.
Raw Vision magazine is exactly about what the title implies. Treat yourself!
Raw Vision LTD
Publisher: Raw Vision Ltd (January 29, 2014)
Issues: 4 issues / year
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The Art of Insanity: An Analysis of Ten Schizophrenic Artists by Hans Prinzhorn
Series: Solar Books - Solar Research Archive
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Solar Books (October 15, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
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Outside my Studio
You, the artist, have to develop to the point where your eccentricity blossoms. My advice is, "Don't let anybody tell you what or how to paint." Don't let others limit you because they can't imagine doing it themselves. People who judge you don't matter… and people who matter don't judge you. Do everything to support your own dream.
Recommended Websites - Framing Resources
Cheap Joe's Art Stuff - complete framing supplies, canvases and painting panels
ClearBags – crystal clear bags in all sizes
Clear Envelopes – clear bags in smaller quantities
Dick Blick - complete framing supplies, canvases and painting panels
Jerry's Artarama - complete framing supplies, canvases and painting panels
Masterpiece Artist Canvas - huge variety of stretched canvas styles
Matboard & More – mats, backboards, clear bags, frames and Plexiglas
Framing for Yourself
Others Websites We Like!
International Society of Acrylic Painters - New juried show schedule
Citra Solv LLC - They have a new newsletter!
Citra Solv's New Art ConTest
Dillman's Creative Arts - Follow them on Pinterest!
Justin Dobbs Robinson
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