Sedona Art Center’s Large Workshop Room
May Workshops kicked off at the Sedona Art Center. A week with abstract painters in beautiful red rock country and bright blue skies was visually invigorating. A week in Sedona was what I needed to stimulate my senses for another new body of work. It felt good to be with “my people.” Incidentally, the Art Center has scheduled me to teach again next year in Tuscany, Italy. Sign up soon! (More about this trip below.)
Figurative Series, Sedona Workshop
Elusive Landscape, Sedona Workshop
Home from Sedona for a week, then off to Omaha, Nebraska to teach Abstract Painting and Collage at the Hot Shops - a huge, older building filled with artists’ studios and galleries. Omaha surprised me. Omaha? Very strong in support of the arts. I visited the famous Bemis Center, an artist-in-residence facility for contemporary arts.
Hot Shops Building, Omaha
Wonderful for me to talk to and visit with each artist and to experience their new visions. The visit “charged my batteries.” Plus, I visited the artist Jun Kaneko’s studio, which is yet another huge complex of visionaries. Kaneko is the well known Omaha sculptor, whose oversized ceramic heads are in the collections of many major art museums and public places.
Kaneko Ceramic Heads (Ohr-O’Keefe Museum in Biloxi Mississippi)
Of particular interest to me was his recent success in designing and implementing the complete operatic set and costumes for Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly.” This was the most visually and conceptually beautiful theatre set I have ever seen, compared only to David Hockney’s opera designs. The complete involvement and dedication of Kaneko to his work inspires me to focus on my own work. It pays to get out of your own studio, visit with other artists and see what’s going on in the bigger picture.
Bob & Tom
Tom Dudycha, my host for the workshop in Omaha, did a fantastic job putting together a group of 23 painters and chaperoning me to the major art events around the city. I love Omaha and the artists I visited and painted with.
Group Shot, Omaha
Home again for a week, then off to the Hudson River Valley Workshops for another week of Abstract Painting & Collage.
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Painting in Tuscany!
September 1-8, 2012
Villa Fattoria Bacio
Villa Fattoria Bacio, in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. Between Sienna, Florence and San Gimignano sits the beautiful Villa Fattoria Bacio. The villa is the perfect blend of old world ‘rustica’ and catered comfort, surrounded on all sides by spectacular views of the meandering hills of Tuscany.
Afternoon Critique in Tuscany
Seven nights lodging at the villa, nightly genuine Tuscan meals and fine wine are included. The five day workshop will take place Monday through Friday.
We did this trip to Tuscany in 2009 - went to Florence for a few days before the workshop started - I highly recommend going to Florence at least once! Click HERE to view our Italy Trip photo album on Facebook.
Contact Sedona Art Center (888) 954-4442 or (928) 282-3809 www.sedonaartscenter.com
Hope Town Lighthouse
Paint with Bob in the Bahamas!
January 19-26, 2013
Contact Dillman’s Creative Arts Foundation
(715) 588-3143 or firstname.lastname@example.org
www.dillmans.com Check out our Bahamas Trip photo album on Facebook. Click HERE for the public link.
Paint with Bob in San Miguel de Allende!
This is too good of a trip to pass up. Click HERE to check out our San Miguel Trip photo album on Facebook.
March 17-23, 2013
Workshops in the Spotlight
Vermont Art Event
Holbein HK Trade Show
July 26-30, 2011 (Tuesday-Saturday)
•Tues 7/26 - Loose Abstract Painting & Collage, 8:30am-3:30pm
•Wed 7/27 - Wow Your Next Painting with New Goof-Proof Color Combinations, 8:30am-11:30am
•Thurs 7/28 - Paint Loose Little Gems to Start Your Day!, 12:30pm-3:30pm
•Thurs 7/28 - Loose & Juicy Landscapes, 4:30pm-7:30pm
•Fri 7/29 - Loosen Up with Dramatic Light & Color, 8:30am-11:30pm
•Sat 7/30 - Abstract Florals from Loose, Colorful Splatters, 9am-12pm
For more information and a schedule, contact HK Holbein, (800) 682-6686. Sign up early!
September 25-30, 2011
Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting
5-day Workshop (Monday-Friday) Dillman’s Bay Resort
Dillman's Creative Arts Foundation, Lac du Flambeau, WI
Contact (715) 588-3143 or email@example.com
October 2-7, 2011
Contemporary Artist Retreat - 5-day Workshop
•Abstract Prep (Monday)
•Contemporary Abstract Figure Painting (Tues-Wed)
•Post Modern Painting & Collage (Thurs-Fri) Dillman’s Bay Resort
Dillman's Creative Arts Foundation, Lac du Flambeau, WI
Contact (715) 588-3143 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bob with Airfloat System Strong Box
Artists who have a need to ship their painting and receive it back after an exhibition now have the good fortune to acquire their shipping box from several companies. Most professional art galleries, competitions and art shows now insist you ship your work in a re-sendable “strong box.” Very affordable compared to running around town to find a proper cardboard shipping box, bubble wrap, tape, etc. These reusable containers are typically heavy-duty cardboard, lined with a reinforced material and a custom fit foam pad. You tell the company the size of your finished painting, and shortly you will receive the all inclusive box - open the lid, place your painting inside the fitted foam pad, close it up and off to FedEx (recommended) it goes! Simple! And upon return, the same box comes back to you with your painting (empty, if your painting sold!). I have used the same box several times and it holds up well! After repeated mailings, the box starts to show wear. But that’s exactly the point, a multi-reusable and eventually, disposable container. Not a bad product and service for us artists!
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Venus Studios Art Supply in Palm Desert, CA
Deb Mum, Venus Studios Art Supplies (photo by Lani Garfield)
Venus Studios Art Supply is a new creative oasis in the desert for artists and architects. The only locally family-owned artist supply in the Coachella Valley offers materials for drawing, painting, drafting and more. Events schedule includes painting workshops, painting and product demonstrations, and "try it" play days! Watercolors, acrylics, oil paints, drawing, drafting and model making supplies. Many brands to choose from. Extensive catalog of special order items available in 24 to 48 hours.
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February 2-5, 2012
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•Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting - 1 day
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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.
Nevenka from California writes: What brand and gloss level is the varnish you use over acrylic paintings? I bought Minwax Water Based Polycrylic and upon testing found my paintings had spiderweb-like cracks in the varnish. After that I order Golden Polymer Varnish with UVLS and asked for semi-gloss, but they sold me Satin (saying that satin is what they call semi-gloss - I found it to be more like a matte finish. I appreciate your advice.
Dear Nevenka, Minwax is what I use in my studio and in my workshops - semi-gloss. Two thin coats is best. Your cracking and "spiderweb" may be the result of a number of things - 1) The vanish was too thick, thereby "skinning" before drying completely; 2) The acrylic painting may not have been dried enough (two days drying time minimum); 3) If the weather was rainy, wet and cold this could cause cracking; and 4) I paint on 300 lb paper. It's sturdier than 140 lb and has a more stable surface.
Golden varnish - I have been known to get the semi-gloss that I prefer by combining a small amount of Golden Satin to Golden High Gloss. It works.
Thanks for your question! We’ll be sending you a Permission Mug!
Donalee from California asks: Is there a way to get rid of a spot on an already painted canvas that looks convex from the front… as if something poked it from the back but didn't break through and it left a kind of a small bump. Can you help me fix it?
Thanks for your question Donalee! Yes, this can be fixed. I’m assuming the “bump” is in the canvas and not in the paint. These bumps are caused by improper storage, such as aother canvas leaning against the surface of another canvas.
Problem... Dimple in a Canvas
These dimples are easily fixed by soaking the back of the canvas with a wet sponge (use a lot of water!). Within minutes, the fabric will shrink and tighten the canvas back to its original stretched tautness.
Solution... Eliminate the Dimple with Water
If your canvas has many dimples or just plain sags, after much abuse or simply old age (no comments, please) I simply spray the entire back of the canvas with a garden hose.
Thanks for your question - hope this helps! A Permission Mug is on its way!
Bob’s Studio Tip for Loosening Up
Playtime! That’s what we need more of in the studio!
You know you want to paint, you know you need to paint, but sometimes it is just so hard to get started. Difficult to look at that LARGE EMPTY CANVAS and imagine a finished painting.
So instead… Paint something else to get you jump-started! Such as
paint your shoes!
Paint a canvas totebag (the best are from Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff!) That way you will know it’s your bag for carrying around your art supplies and groceries!
Or… paint yourself! I have two types of clothes in my closet. Clothes that have paint all over them and clothes that are GOING to have paint all over them!
The point is, spend time playing first - this is the first thing you do before tackling the bigger job. Playing early keeps me looser throughout the day.
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!
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Painting of the Month Club
Bob with Painting of the Month Club Paintings
Bob was out the other week picking up wine from our local winery. We’re members of their “Club” which means we receive a case of their favorite handpicked wine every month. This gave Bob a new idea! How about “The Burridge Painting of the Month Club.” You get an original painting every month!
Burridge Painting of the Month Club is a 12 month subscription.
The paintings are all originals - acrylic on paper or acrylic & combined media on paper.
Bob working on Painting of the Month Club Hearts
Each painting is completely painted and hand-selected by Robert Burridge, signed and dated. Each month will be a different subject matter, including still lifes, abstract, landscapes, figures, etc. and represents what he is currently working on in his studio. Each month you can expect high quality paint on professional quality watercolor paper. 6x9 inch paintings matted on a 12x16 inch presentation.
Bob works in a series for the Painting of the Month Club, so pieces will not be copies - but all similar.
$75 monthly + shipping/handling. If you live in California, sales tax will be charged.
When you sign up we will keep your credit card info on file and charge it monthly (usually around end of month) or you can send a check monthly prior to the sending OR you can use PayPal to make your monthly payment.
Sorry, no returns or special requests. All images are solely owned by Robert Burridge Studio.
To signup and purchase Burridge's Painting of the Month Club click HERE to visit the product page.
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 email@example.com
Terri from California asks: What do you put in a new buyer’s possession besides the painting? I’ve been giving people a bill of sale, business card, brochure, thank you note and a small painting. Is that overdoing it? Is that enough?
Hi Terri, Thanks for your question! Your present buyers and collectors are also your best future buyers and collectors. You should give them enough self-promotional material so they can find you again in the future! When Bob and I buy artwork, we keep the artist’s brochure and business card with the artwork. Any other info I get about the artist goes into a file with our “important papers.” As a collector, I appreciate info about the artist.
Now, as an artist, besides the promotional materials, the business materials hold equal importance. By business, I am talking about the bill of sale. I am so happy you are using receipts. Make sure you use receipts that are in duplicate so you and your purchaser have the exact same record. Our bill of sale is preprinted with our Studio Name, address, phone number and website. On the bottom is the wording: “All Rights Reserved,” meaning the artist owns the copyright even though the purchaser owns the physical piece of art.
Sample of Burridge’s Bill of Sale
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On the bill of sale I write the customer’s name, address, phone, email - all of it! This info goes into my address book of collectors. I also write the inventory number, artwork title and a breakdown of the price, sales tax (if applicable) and shipping (if applicable).
Thank you notes! Yes - handwritten and should be a notecard that features your artwork! If the work was purchased at a show or festival, we take a photo of Bob with the new collector and include that photo in the thank you note.
Terri, you are giving them a small painting too? In my opinion, it’s too much. The only time we would include small sketches or studies is when a commission is completed.
Thank you very much for your question and for sharing your good promotional habits!
More info on self-promotion, sales receipts, and copyright info is in our Hot Art Marketing Workbook!
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