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Cheerful and Colorful Paintings in Oil, Acrylic, Mixed Media and Collage

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Robert Burridge Workshop ~ Wenmohs Ranch ~ Acrylic Painting

"Connie and Nancy Visit Bobland"
11" x 14" Acrylic on canvas
I'm in the red boots. Does this look like us? Are you kidding? But we felt like this while in Bobland.

You don't think we look like our painted images? Well, check this out. Here we are in real life arriving at "Bobland" or Dena Wenohs Ranch Sunday afternoon for the Robert Burridge "Create Today with Wild Abandon : We Don't Need No Stinkin' Brushes" Workshop February 1-5, 2010. Whoo-Hoo and we had way too much fun. No I don't have red hair but I did have on a red hat and we couldn't have put a Popsicle stick in that car after we got our gear in there.
Bob Burridge and you might describe him as "highly energized"

Bob and "His People" - 24 total
The Bunkhouse where some stayed. Connie and I stayed here. Others stayed at Dena's house or in local motels in Marble Falls.

This was my 7th time to be in a Robert Burridge workshop and this one was special because one of my Canvas by Canvas peeps, Connie, went with me. We painted in the workshop barn which had a tin roof, (great sound effects when it rained for two days), we had a short propane outage, a few plumbing incidents, and a big water pump mishap but did we care? Heck no. We were having way too much fun to be bothered with a little mud, a little water and a little cool weather. Would I spend nearly a week preparing, loading, driving 4-5 hours to take another one tomorrow? You betcha. I tell Bob "There is no place I'd rather be on a Monday morning than at a Robert Burridge workshop." You see lots of old friends, meet some cool new ones, learn a whole bunch from Bob's sharing ways. He gives many demos, lectures, floor shows, a little slapstick, and shares all of his secrets. He begins new work, brings and paints some in progress, and even helps us finish some of ours. Bob says about painting, "Quit complaining. We all want to be better." So that is why we come together, to socialize, to paint and try to get better. Start thinking about your intentions in your art work. How do you know when you've arrived if you don't know where you're going? - a Bobism.

Why do I take so many of his workshops? Sometimes I just don't get it the first time and it's never the same old tired exercises or canned lecture you find in some workshops. Each time he's in a different new place with ideas and paintings and in his words he's there "to kick us in the butt" to get us motivated and that he does.

Bob is big on "Intentions" - Why am I here? What do I hope to get out of the workshop? What is this painting about? My intention for the above painting was I wanted to paint from an experience, use some graphic elements, and paint something I haven't done before. I used an old telephone book for the base and collaged some pages, placed a gold wash over them and painted the figures and stenciled some letters over all.

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Cheryl said...

It was so great meeting you Nancy! I love your painting. And Bob's workshop was everything I hoped for and MORE! :)

Nancy Standlee said...

Same here Cheryl. I will post your comment about the "cow patties" which I thought was priceless. I'm so glad you liked Burridge as he's tops in my book.

The Humble Artist said...

I love "Connie and Nancy Visit Bobland" ... That is the kind of mixed media I want to learn how to do... with the newspaper in the background and things like that - I really like this one a lot! :-)

~*~*~* Laura Renee' *~*~*~

Nancy Standlee said...

Oh, thank you, Laura. It was so much fun to experiment. The print was from a telephone book and I glazed with some gold acrylic washes and then stenciled some..try it.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I must take a workshop here someday. Looks like so much fun!

Nancy Standlee said...

Check out Dena's schedule and I'm sure you would find something you'd like. I love going there (no t.v. in the bunkhouse, my cell phone wouldn't work, and could only use my laptop at the "big house") so time was devoted to art.