Friday, April 20, 2012

The final Burridge post


WINED & DINED

The workshop ended with dinner and wine at the American Art Gallery -
thanks Barb and Tara!
The food was amazing, the music awesome,
and the presentation thought provoking.
An evening full of MAGIC and CIRCUS PERFORMERS.
 I feel like I stepped out of my life into a Fairy Tale.
My Happily Ever After will begin with a new Art Journal,
 the beginning of a series of 100 paintings,
and the memories shared with old friends and new.


paint paint paint - everyday . . .

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Burridge workshop

Create a body of work - create series to build this body of work -
consistent paintings that will be
recognized as yours - Branding.
Stop each painting when it is 90% finished,
let the viewer finish the painting.
Find your artistic voice.


These paintings belong to my friends -
my workshop groupies!
Together we are giggling silly free spirits -
which can be exhauting at our age!






Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Burridge workshop

"It's never too late to be what
you always should have been"
Start every painting with the 4 C's -
Concept, what is the big idea -
what is your Color combination -
what is the Composition -
Commitment.

Those of you who know me will think the following paintings don't look like my style -
they are not - they are exercises from Bob.
Paint pears in black and white, in color, with light source, paint negative space . . .
Paint 100 - until you get it right . . .





Use a big big brush, a painterly technique, lots of water and the best quality paint -
which I do not have, and I found out it makes a big difference.
Cover your table with heavy plastic and use it as your pallette.
Paint on paper, canvas, boards, what ever is your favorite.
Paint everyday - many many paintings everyday.
Find a subject you like and paint a series - in fact - paint 100 of them.

Tomorrow I'll post more painting exercises - I chose the subject matter - 
and they will look like mine!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Burridge workshop

Every morning write in your  journal -

what Journal -

 the Art Journal I'm starting today.


A sketchbook art journal. Everyday, before you start to paint - state in your journal your goals and intentions for that day - everything you want to accomplish. Use the journal to record your dreams, sketches of ideas, swatches of colors you want to use, quotes to inspire you, pictures, magazine articles, whatever helps to stir and motivate your creativity. And give yourself permission to PLAY!


Give yourself permission to PLAY


The NAKED COWBOY in NYC
Just wanted to see if you were paying attention!

Tomorrow I will post some exercise paintings

Permission to Play


Robert Burridge - you might recognize his Martini paintings or his starbucks Coffee Cup series -maybe his new clown series -  visit his website, subscribe to his newsletter or if you're very lucky - attend one of his workshops. The first thing he does is give you

 "PERMISSION TO PLAY"

You can't separate your life from your art -
they are the same -
to be successful, paint what you know and love.


I was lucky to attend his "Loosen Up" Workshop in Snow Hill, Maryland.
What a fabulous quaint little Eastern Shore town.
A step back in time, full of friendly, generous giving people.
Great food - Antiques - Boutiques - Pocomoke River - Art Galleries.

Visit Barb Dougherty's American Art Gallery in Snow Hill, MD,
where Burridge and many wonderful other artists are represented.
A European style gallery, that does more than let you view the art,
 it encourages you to become involved with the art, to know it personally, to love it!
Please spend some time with Barb, a truly remarkable and uber smart lady!

Tomorrow I will post some of my exercise paintings . . .


Monday, April 16, 2012

Home at last . . .

The workshop is over and I am home doing laundry
and catching up around the house and wishing
 I could go to workshops everyday!
I'll post my photos as soon as I can.
And you will wish you were there!

Here are the lovely, creative, generous, and always ready for a laugh, ladies that accompanied me to Snow Hill, Maryland
Here we are with "Bob", we are the "Bobbettes"
Great fun - Great company!!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Robert Burridge workshop . . .

I am in Snow Hill, Maryland having the time of my life
at a Robert Burridge Workshop.
I should be painting up a storm and
taking lots of photos to make you all jealous!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Robert Burridge workshop . . .

I am in Snow Hill, Maryland having the time of my life
at a Robert Burridge Workshop.
I should be painting up a storm and
taking lots of photos to make you all jealous!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Burridge Workshop . . .

I am in Snow Hill, Maryland having the time of my life
at a Robert Burridge Workshop.
I should be painting up a storm and
taking lots of photos to make you all jealous!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

All I need to know
I learned from the Easter Bunny!

Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.

There's no such thing as too much candy.

All work and no play can make you a basket case.

A cute tail attracts a lot of attention.

Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.

Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits.

Some body parts should be floppy.

Keep your paws off of other people's jelly beans.

Good things come in small, sugar coated packages.

The grass is always greener in someone else's basket.

To show your true colors, you have to come out of the shell.

The best things in life are still sweet and gooey.

May the joy of the season fill your heart
.

AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU!

Happy Easter!

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Easter!!

Little Bunny Foo Foo,
Hopping through the forest
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin' 'em on the head

Down came the good fairy and she said

"Little Bunny Foo Foo,
I don't want to see you
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin' 'em on the head.
I'll give you one chance,
And if you don't behave
I'll turn you into a goon!"

The next day:

Little Bunny Foo Foo,
Hopping through the forest
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin' 'em on the head

Down came the good fairy and she said
"Little Bunny Foo Foo,
I don't want to see you
Scooping up the field mice
Now you're a goon! POOF!!"

The moral of the story is:

HARE TODAY, GOON TOMORROW

Friday, April 6, 2012

Emails you wish were true . . .

Everyday I get emails about something fabulous of hysterical or just plain awful -
with photos that just capture your imagination 
and make you believe that it is true.
I mean really - they have photos - how can it not be true or real?
Today, I received one of those emails.
A truly awesome photo of a rock formation, that with its reflection in a lake,
looks like a person praying.
It's beautiful, and I so wanted it to be true.


But - I've learned to be an Internet Sceptic, so I checked it out on Snopes.com.
Of course it is not real, it came from a children's book illustration -
which is beautiful - I still wish it was real.


Korean artist, Kim Jae-hong

BRILLIANT!
Create a fabulous awe-inspiring story about your self,
include photos of your art/work, put it on every social media vehicle possible. Hope it goes viral, a million people around the world will view it, you get a page on Snopes.com and Wikepedia,
and my blog - now you are famous!
Why didn't I think of that?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

packing for the Robert Burridge Workshop

Another pen painting - I found a package of pens with lots of colors, so I tried a full color painting. This is a sunset at Key West FL (from my own photo).

Next week - all week - 5 whole days
Robert Burridge Workshop

I've got all my supplies laid out, I don't know if I can carry all this stuff!
Sometimes I wish I led a simple life.
I wish I could walk out of the house every morning with just my purse and keys.
Instead of the additional 2 bags filled with stuff I might need!

Look at the supply list - aren't you jealous!!

Burridge 5-day Workshop - Simplified Materials List

• Please bring your own favorite paint including acrylics, fluid acrylics, dyes, water soluable markers and water soluable sticks. Bob will be working in acrylics. His techniques are applicable to ALL mediums.

• Surfaces can include 300# watercolor paper, gessoed paper, canvases, clayboards or panels - your choice! Daily small warmup painting exercises on paper. Larger works in the afternoon. The more surfaces you bring, the more paintings get done!

• Leave your expensive brushes at home! Bring several large, inexpensive brushes such as: hardware store bristle brushes, 1" or 2" - and/or your favorite acrylic/synthetic combos.

• Gesso for coating surfaces.

Favorite collage papers and polymer gel medium (gloss)

Think experimental, contemporary
mixed media painting!