BobBlast #242

Workshop Demos... Painting 101

Welcome back to another BobBlast! 
I am on my annual "Florida Tour" - workshops and demos. I call these short demonstrations "Painting 101" because it is always a good idea to know the basics, lights and darks - where the shadows go... no matter if you paint representationally
or abstractly - whether you are an objective painter or a non-objective painter. It is all about form and structure!

In this video there are three demos:
1. Black and White Ball on a table - strong light source.
2. Same exercise, in COLOR! Again, stressing a strong light source.
3. Figure with light source coming in from the side, rather than above.

In drawing or painting, it's not always about detail. It's about getting the simple darks down and the simple lights down first - Darks and Lights.

Most painters worry about doing the details first. I think it's about getting the gesture of darks and the gesture of lights down first. Where is the light coming from and where are the darks? Get this established first and the rest falls into place. Connect them and you have your painting! Go for the simple shapes first.

If your painting looks flat and unexciting it's because you don't have a strong, single source of light. Make your painting more dramatic and exciting by using more darks against lights; strong shadows; and one part that is the brightest area in the painting.

Your Mantra - Dark against Light... Dark against Light
You are painting dimension and drama

Many thanks to Art Center Sarasota for organizing and sponsoring this workshop!

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Featured Workshops 

February 22-24, 2019 
Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting
Donna Downey Studios
109 Saddletree Road,  Lincolnton, NC 28092
Contact Donna Downey, (704) 240-8076 or

February 27-March 2, 2019
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
The Villages, Florida
Contact Bev Hennessy, 352-572-5317 or

March 10-16, 2019
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage Workshop in Mexico
San Miguel de Allende
Contact Flying Colors, (858) 518-0949

April 1-4, 2019
Larger & Looser!
Kudzu Art Zone, Norcross, GA
Contact Kathy Kitz, Workshop Coordinator, (770) 263-7832

April 15-19, 2019
Postmodern Collage Painting
Lake Granbury Art Association, Granbury, TX
Contact Dr. Diana Littlejohn (817) 326-5629 or 

April 22-26, 2019
Loosen Up, Fix & Finish!
Lake Granbury Art Association, Granbury, TX
Contact Dr. Diana Littlejohn (817) 326-5629 or 

May 6-10, 2019
Postmodern Polyptych Painting
Leading Edge Art Workshops - Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Contact Louise Hall (403) 233-7389 or

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"Workshop Demos... Painting 101"

Painting 101

Love, Peace & Happiness,
Robert Burridge
BobBlast #242 - Video run time 22 minutes, 33 seconds

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