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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Robert Burridge Workshop ~ Floral Acrylic Negative Painting by Texas Daily Painter Nancy Standlee

"To Dena with Love"
12" x 12" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Dena is the owner of the Wenmohs Ranch where the Robert Burridge workshop was held February 1 - 5. I painted this acrylic floral with some of the same negative techniques that was used with the tree painting in the previous post. You make a mess on the paper or canvas with brushes, Viva paper towels or fingers and then find and paint around the floral shape with the negative painting technique. To explain negative shape painting Bob related the story that one day the Pope came to visit Michelangelo in his studio while he was sculpting his "David", marveled at the work and asked, "How do you know what to cut away?". Michelangelo's answer, "It's simple. I just remove everything that doesn't look like David." The class attempted to remove everything that didn't look like a tree or a flower in our attempts. I scratched and drew into the wet paint and later stenciled on some letters after it was dry.

City Girls and Cow Patties
Dena's cows blocked the road on Friday and didn't want us to leave. Mooing to us they called, "Stay and play. We like artists". Connie exited the vehicle to take photos until one of them sneezed. She did wonder if they had been eating elephants from the size of some of the meadow muffins. Cheryl, a city girl, went out for a jog first day early but was back within minutes and when questioned she said, "Those cow patties freaked me out." Do you realize Texas does have a cookie recipe that's called "Texas Cow Patties". I'm not making that cookie recipe.

The tin barn where we paint. There was a door at the end so we didn't have to lift up the big doors. Bob told us to keep our tables neat. "Don't have anything on the table that doesn't serve you." Hard to do. He used a big plastic 4 mil sheet for his palette and naturally I had to photograph it on Friday when he attached it to the door.
Bob's Palette.

The front porch of the Bunkhouse.

Roscoe loved to stand by the fire. So did I.

Dean Quixote
Click on that top photograph.
Yes that's our Bob and he painted all the abstracts for this movie, Dean Quixote. Do you have a copy of this movie? We'd love to see Bob's paintings.

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Quote from Bob: "Decide what you want and make it happen."

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Diana.Khan said...

I love it! You inspire me to go out and paint great things.
Your color selections WOW !!! You are truly in a league of your own.

thank you, thank you for sharing!

Nancy Standlee said...

Thank you so much D. for the inspiring comments. The ranch and Bob make painting fun and productive.

Unknown said...

Nancy, Thank you for posting. The art is beautiful. I'd be like a kid in a candy store with a workshop like this. You've described your experience well.

Cheryl Houston said...

Just in case my trainer reads this:

I didn't go right back Jen! I promise! I walked 30 mintues in the other direction where the cows couldn't cross and those cow patties were GROSS! And honestly- dangerous! I could have slipped and fell and there I'd be lying on a country road in the middle of no where! In cow dung! Ew! :)

Nancy Standlee said...

Oh, yeah, Cheryl, like your trainer is going to believe that line of "bull". We were there as observers and recorders and we know the true story.

Nancy Standlee said...

Antonia thanks for the visit and the late reply. It was a privilege to paint with friends and Bob for 5 days.