Last week I drove to picturesque Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio with my van loaded to the gills with art materials. I went for a four-day painting workshop, something I haven’t done in five years. But I felt the need to loosen myself up and think outside of my comfort zone. This workshop was just the ticket.
For years I’ve enjoyed looking at the vibrant and energetic work of internationally renowned California painter, Robert Burridge.
Hosted by the Cuyahoga Falls Art Center , this was his first workshop near enough to allow me to drive. The Workshop was called Painting Abstract Nudes. - So totally out of my element – but it promised to loosen me up.
What a wonderful week it turned out to be !!
Notice how Bob Burridge’s fingers are blurred. He paints amazingly quickly and with incredible joy.
There were about 20 people in the workshop. Each artist was there to learn, while having a great time painting. I came home energized from everyone’s uplifting spirit of joy and camaraderie.
We each had out own table and painting area. And we had the best live nude model anyone ever had the privilege of working with. As a dancer, singer and drama major she was able to move into and hold the most interesting positions. Bob timed her with new poses every two to five minutes.
After a while, when the pose is mere minutes long, you stop thinking. You just draw – spontaneously and loosely – searching for the movement; the emotion; the line. It was total free flowing immersion and I reveled in it.
Although I didn’t come home with any drawings anyone would consider finished, the experience has inspired me in ways I didn’t expect. Stay tuned for what’s coming next