"Turn your Abstract Mess into a Heart-Felt Gift."

Welcome Back to Another BobBlast!

Your friends would love to own one of your originals! Here's your opportunity to offer them a painting that just didn't have a chance with you anymore... it may have been overpainted, too messy or just plain awful! Before you re-gesso the whole painting, try this method to create an original work of art, and a heart-felt gift for your friends! 

Heart-shaped "balloons" floating in the sky... this all started with me around 25 years ago. I was in my studio, practicing reductive and negative shape painting on top of old, discarded, bad paintings of mine. Now you should also know that I have a fascination with balloons. I used them in my magic shows, and casted them in college ceramics classes for molds. I've included large latex weather balloons in my solo exhibitions and I've tethered Happenings' performers dangling from helium balloons (ah... the 60s). Then, 25 years ago my gallerist suggested I paint hot air balloons in my landscapes. Ugh... too mediocre for me. 

So, searching for a fresher approach, I painted over older discarded abstracts, using opaque colors, reducing the abstract painting down to a simple loose landscape. But instead of the expected hot air balloon, I made them look like hearts floating in the sky. Thus, began my original Heart Air Balloon Series. All sold opening night. Another good event happened afterwards. Mr. David Larson, a director of comedy TV shows, bought my Heart Air Balloons as inspiration for his first novel about the adventures of children traveling thru space in their heart air balloons! You just never know when your work inspires others.

But, back to your heart-felt gift - they will love to receive this because it's from your heart. Just don't tell them how you painted it... it's our secret. And today, over my current messes, I still do reductive hot air balloons that resemble hearts.

I'm still full of hot air...

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Here's a quick reminder about some upcoming workshops and dates. 
If interested, sign up now!

Featured Workshops :

Artist Retreat: Abstract/Figurative Workshop
October 23-27, 2017
Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, AZ
Contact (888) 954-4442 or (928) 282-3809

Art of the Carolinas - Workshops & Art Materials Exhibition
November 9-12, 2017
Sponsored by Jerry's Artarama
Raleigh, North Carolina
Contact Sharon DiGiulio (800) 827-8478 ext 156 sharon@jerrysartarama.com

Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
January 9-12, 2018
San Diego Watercolor Society
Demo: Member Meeting, Tuesday 1/9
Contact Susanne Slater, slater12@cox.net

Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage in Mexico
January 20-27, 2018
Casa de Los Artistas
Boca de Tomatlan, 10 miles South of Puerto Vallarta
Contact Robert Masla, (413) 625-8383

Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
February 5-9, 2018
Donna Downey Studios
Huntersville, NC 28078
Contact Bill Downey, (704) 948-4627 or
email bill@donnadowney.com

Loose, Impressionistic Sketching & Painting Workshop
International Trip to France!
April 13-24, 2018
Contact Dillman's (715) 588-3143

View Bob's Workshop Schedule, click here.

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"Turn your Abstract Mess into a Heart-Felt Gift".

Heart Felt Gift

Love, Peace & Happiness,
Robert Burridge

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