Painting Six Canvases At Once Helps You Stay Loose!

These photos, from a March 2009 workshop with Robert Burridge, caught my eye, especially the one where he is working on multiple canvases.

Bob painting multiple canvases. (Used with permission)

Bob painting multiple canvases. (Used with permission)

Burridge teaches what he calls Loosen Up Workshops and part of loosening up is having quite a number of things going on at once. As he says on A Painting a Day Blog,

In my studio and workshops, I create the challenge of staying loose by painting quickly, yet purposefully .  .  .  .   I work on six [canvases] at a time. After two “passes” of laying down color and shapes, I will come back in and add sketchy detail.

I am especially enamored with his abstract figurative paintings. His Artsy Fartsy News is vintage Burridge: fun and informative. Make sure and peruse the News Article Archive as well.

Early to Rise by Robert Burridge. Used with permission.

Early to Rise by Robert Burridge. (Used with permission.)

Thanks to YouTube, we can watch him in action!

I have heard tell that Bob is a real Party Animal, and he has produced a print that is worth a few guffaws! You may want to purchase one for your own celebratory beast–we both know who I am talking about.

Bob’s description of experimenting with mixed media (he calls it combined media) is like a mini workshop on a post:

I started out just goofing around on 300 lb watercolor paper with gesso – building up thick layers, then scratching, scraping and imprinting shapes and patterns in the gesso before it dried. Then I painted with acrylics – building up layers of patina and also rubbing out areas, scratching thru the layers to reveal color “surprises.” All the while, imbedding collage graphics and drawing back in with Derwent watersoluable pencils (my favorite is Black, 8B) while the painting was still wet.

After I was satisfied with the result, I glued the paper to a 12 x 12 canvas. The paper is slightly smaller so there is a 1/4″ border all the way around the paper.

Before I adhered the paper to the canvas, I painted the outside edges of the canvas purple – also painted a 1/4″ border. The glue I used to adhere paper to canvas was Gel Medium. After letting dry (with weight on top) for a day or two, I varnished the entire piece.

It makes you want to sign up for one of his workshops right now, doesn’t it? You can download PDF descriptions of his workshops, including an inquiry form for arranging a workshop in your area.

Some of Burridge’s workshop attendees demonstrate wonderful results: Nancy Standlee is a case in point. I enjoyed my morning tea while exploring Nancy’s blog, and her website, where I discovered her wonderful LYLAS paintings.

If Nancy recommends Robert Burridge, you can count on it being a statistically good choice. After all, Nancy was a librarian (Kellie, I’ve found another one for our club!) and she is trained to research her subjects well.

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About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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