BobBlast #248

"Carrot Figures - Painting the Female Form"

Welcome back to another BobBlast!

This BobBlast stemmed from a request - "How do you paint female carrot people?" Thank you for making me think about it! 

The quick answer is... When I'm painting the illusion of the human form - I think "Carrot." A dot for the head and then brushing in an abstract figure shape underneath the dot. You saw my demo of this technique on a full sheet of watercolor paper, practicing the shapes over and over with only black acrylic paint and a big brush.

As far as painting the different genders, I break it down to painting basic shapes - and this is so generally stated - men have broader shoulders and narrower hips. Women are the opposite - narrower shoulder and broader hips. So, to paint a more feminine figure, I also add a feminine pose, generally borrowed from Greek statues. 
I recall that the drawing room in my college had many of those statues - they influenced me greatly!

In this video, I practice painting female carrots - using colors! I exaggerate the poses and add a dramatic element of suggested capes, hats and other fashionable accessories. I often start with black acrylic paint to get the basic shape and pose, then add the colors after the black base has dried.

These small figure studies are great practice for my larger circus pieces! Take a look in the video!

Circle, triangle, rectangle, square... basic shapes!

Below is a list of featured workshops - 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 a 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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Featured Workshops 

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

May 20-24, 2019
Contemporary Abstract Figure Painting & Collage
Hudson River Valley Art Workshop 
Greenville, NY
Contact Kim LaPolla (518) 966-5219 or (888) 665-0044

June 10-14, 2019
Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting
Dillman's Arts Workshop Retreat 
Lac du Flambeau, WI 
Contact (715) 588-3143 or

June 22-24, 2019  
Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting
Sedona Arts Center 
Sedona, AZ
Contact (888) 954-4442 or (928) 282-3809

June 26-28, 2019
Contemporary Abstract Figure
Sedona Arts Center
Sedona, AZ
Contact (888) 954-4442 or (928) 282-3809

July 8-11, 2019
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.
Click HERE for more info.

July 15-19, 2019
Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting
Mendocino Art Center
Mendocino, CA
Contact Gina Hurst-Roach, registrar (707) 937-5818

July 22-26, 2019
Contemporary Figure Painting & Collage
Mendocino Art Center
Mendocino, CA
Contact Gina Hurst-Roach, registrar (707) 937-5818

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"Carrot Figures - Painting the Female Form"

Painting Female Carrot Figures

Love, Peace & Happiness,
Robert Burridge
BobBlast #248 - Video run time 7 minutes, 56 seconds

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