BobBlast Issue #266

Best of BobBlast – “The Universal Color Wheel Works”

August 2019

Welcome back to another BobBlast!

I am at Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff this week, teaching an Abstract Painting & Collage Workshop. The previous BobBlast was about color – I thought you might like this one from a little while ago!

BTW – I will be teaching a “Two Minute Art Lesson” on Cheap Joe’s YouTube channel this week… watch for it!

Ah… the Universal Color Wheel! This BobBlast may serve as a gentle reminder for us painters who rely on our standard, universal color wheel – as well as those just starting to paint.

There are TWELVE separate colors on the rotating color wheel. The artist determines the color combination before starting to paint. The color combination must stay in place throughout the painting. If the artist abandons the original color combination, (changes his mind, etc.) the painting begins to fall apart. Practice small warm up paintings of each color combination to familiarize yourself.

Selecting the color combination is very important – you can convey feelings, emotion and mood through the voice of color. Some examples are:

1. Stormy Night – Select dark blues and purples
2. Convey Excitement – Select reds and oranges
3. Serenity – Select pale pinks, light blues and greys

Simply said, the color wheel works well… if the artist uses the specific color combinations shown on the rotating wheel. There are MANY color combos you can work with from the universal color wheel and this BobBlast touches on only a few that I use. In the interest of uncomplicating your time in the studio – I demo and talk about the first four color combinations that we ought to know: Monochromatic, Analogous, Complementary and Triadic.

Monochromatic – Choose only one color PLUS black and white.

Analogous – Choose four colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, such as: Orange, Yellow-Orange, Yellow and Yellow-Green. These colors all touch each other on the Color Wheel. Spin the wheel to see more!

Complementary – Choose two colors opposite one another, such as: Red and Green, Yellow and Violet, Blue and Orange.

Triadic – 3 Colors. Choose ONE color, then the other two colors are determined by counting to four around the wheel. Such as Red (count four) Blue (count four) Yellow.

Practice and stick with these combinations until you feel comfortable moving on to the many more color harmonies and theories available out there!

If you like successful and heavenly pleasing works of art, stay with the color wheel… you devil you!

Thanks again for watching and telling your friends! All my BobBlasts are archived on my website and my YouTube Channel. We post new studio tips weekly that offer real content, substance and useful techniques that work for me. And they’re free! We appreciate your interest, questions, comments and support!

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Below is a list of featured workshops (scroll down) – but did you know that I also offer private sessions in my studio? Perfect for beginners who want a crash course in watercolor or acrylic or for artists who are designing an exhibit and want to bounce ideas for content and techniques. I devote 100% of my studio time to you! Designed for 1 to 3 people – if you are interested or have questions, email

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Love, Peace & Happiness,

Robert Burridge

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BobBlast #266 – video runtime 9 minutes 17 seconds

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Featured Workshops – come paint with me!

August 14-17, 2019 – There is space available!
Robert Burridge Studio Figure Painting Workshop/undraped model
Come paint with Bob in his Studio in Arroyo Grande, CA
(includes individual mentor time, demonstrations and personal theme development)
4-day Workshop/Mentor Program, limited to 6 enrollees
Contact for fees and details.
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September 11-15, 2019
Robert Burridge 5-Day Instructional Studio Workshop
5-day Workshop in Bob’s Arroyo Grande, CA Studio (Wednesday-Sunday)
Contact for fees and details.
Click here for more info.

September 30-October 4, 2019
Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting
Vancouver Island Art Workshops
Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Contact Mary, (250) 714-8080
Click here for more info

October 25-27, 2019
Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting
3-day Painting Workshop (Friday-Sunday)
Sedona Arts Center
Sedona, AZ
Contact (888) 954-4442 or (928) 282-3809
Click here for more info

October 29-31, 2019
Contemporary Abstract Figure
3-day Painting Workshop (Tuesday-Thursday)
Sedona Arts Center
Sedona, AZ
Contact (888) 954-4442 or (928) 282-3809
Click here for more info

November 14-17, 2019
Art of the Carolinas – Workshops & Art Materials Exhibition
Sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama
Raleigh, North Carolina
Contact Sharon DiGiulio (800) 827-8478 ext 156
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January 13-16, 2020
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
4-day Painting Workshop (Monday-Thursday)
San Diego Watercolor Society
Contact Lori Hinton,
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January 20-22, 2020
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
Art Trysts Studio
Clearwater, FL
Contact Lorie Ulen, (888) 727-1190 ext 1
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January 25 – February 1, 2020
February 1-8, 2020
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage in Mexico!
Casa de Los Artistas
Boca de Tomatlan, 10 miles South of Puerto Vallarta
Contact Robert Masla, (413) 625-8383
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February 17-21, 2020
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
5-day Painting Workshop (Monday-Friday)
Quayside Gallery, Pensacola, Florida
Contact Quayside Gallery (850) 438-2363
or Diane Goeller (850) 384-3652
or Pat Page (850) 293-5414
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March 3-6, 2020
Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting
4-day Painting Workshop (Tuesday-Friday)
The Villages, Florida
Contact Wanda Boyd (804) 536-1794
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March 9-13, 2020
Contemporary Abstract Figure Painting & Collage
Donna Downey Studios
109 Saddletree Road
Lincolnton, NC 28092
Contact Donna Downey, (704) 240-8076 or
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March 28 – April 7, 2020
Holland Riverboat Cruise!
Sponsored by Dillman’s Art Workshop Retreat
Contact (715) 588-3143
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April 24-28, 2020
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
Workshop Location – Hotel 10
10 Sherbrooke West, Montreal, Quebec
Contact Lucie Michel, 514-889-8191 or

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More information from Robert Burridge Studio!

•To read about Bob’s studio practices, intentions, and painting tips, check out his “Loosen Up and Studio Notes” Workbook. Click here for more info and to order.

•You can purchase Bob’s Color Wheel from his website by clicking here.

•You can purchase Bob’s Travel Wheel from his website by clicking here.

•We even have a special for BOTH color wheels! Click here.

•You can purchase Bob’s 2 Chart Combo – Composition Chart and Rembrandt Lighting & Value Chart by clicking here! 2 charts for the price of 1!

•For more info about Bob’s Workshop Schedule click here.

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