BobBlast #249

"Freedom Painting - Prepping the Studio"

Welcome back to another BobBlast!

This month I am taking time off of just "Freedom Painting" - pushing, drawing and painting all over the place. For me, especially after traveling for weeks of workshops, I am so excited to paint loose again, back in the comfort and safety of my studio!

First of all, getting ready and preparing the art materials for what I want to accomplish - that will sometime take an entire day to complete.

To start loose and stay - I decided to work BIG - I mean really BIG! I taped a piece of unstretched canvas on my studio floor - 60 x 70 inches. I also put two large canvases on my wall - to have something else to work on during drying times. These two canvases are already painted on - I abandoned them for whatever reason. I figure they will make great under-paintings!

Back to the BIG canvas - after taping it to the floor, I added another coat of primer - this time Cheap Joe's Prime Gesso. While the surface was still wet, I drew with charcoal all over the surface, and added diluted acrylic paint to the mix - just to get a dominant color scheme started. Just for fun! Then I let the whole thing dry.

Continuing with today's demo - I drew with charcoal sticks - plus extra long twigs, or brushes that I have elongated. I refer to this time as free drawing and scrapping - all techniques to get loose and stay loose! Fun, fun fun!

Now, while the large canvas is drying, I decide to work on those two canvases. With what? Holbein Acrylic Inks with Refillable Markers. In a previous BobBlast, I talked about the quality of these super cool inks - I wanted to stay with the feel of drawing and also keep loose. It was a wonderful morning of art making for me!

Okay - I have goofed around and stayed loose. The next decision is goal oriented... what do I want to paint? What's the content?

Stay tuned to the next BobBlast!

  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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Here's a quick reminder and some upcoming workshops and dates. 
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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
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
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

August 5-9, 2019
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
Cheap Joe's Art Stuff, Boone, NC
Contact Edwina May, Workshop Coordinator (800) 227-2788

View Bob's Workshop Schedule, click here
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"Freedom Painting - Prepping the Studio"

Freedom Painting Prepping the Studio

Love, Peace & Happiness,
Robert Burridge
BobBlast #249 - Video run time 5 minutes, 35 seconds

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