Inspired by Robert Burridge - a series featuring artists whose work inspires me to develop my own

My ‘Inspired By’ posts began as a way to explore what makes me tick as an artist, what I’m drawn to, what makes my heart sing, what I might want to try out in terms of marks or colour combinations or compositions. They are also a way for me to share the work of artists whose work I love. I don’t advocate copying other artists instead of making our own work, however inspiring they are to us, but I do believe that we can learn from each other on our solitary artist journeys. This website is dedicated to the philosophy that you have a significant and unique offering inside you, waiting to be released. I created a course to help you with this very thing, which you can find by clicking here. May you be inspired to bring forth what’s within you!

I don’t really like this modern day exclamation, but seriously, OMG!

While reading and watching Week 4’s class of Paint Free, after soaking up the joy of the assignment being “create a painting with multiple layers” (yes! Tara’s Painting Heaven), there was the almost overload of excitement of learning about two new-to-me artists.

LITERALLY bubbles rising up inside me and going pop pop pop!

The first of these fabulous painters (the second I’ll save for another time) is Robert Burridge, a contemporary American painter whose work just makes me feel something for which I can’t even find a superlative.

Ach! This is the kind of work that makes me feel all fizzy and electric and want to dance around and then make paintings that sing like these do.

It’s the colours – use of brights as well as muted, the colour combinations, the blues (lalala!), the quiet areas balanced so perfectly by the noisy areas, the division of the canvas, the drawn elements, the circles, the lettering, the texture and light. I could go on. (I won’t though.)

OK I lied.

Sigh. Look; light on dark! I believe there’s some ridiculous rule that it’s supposed to be the other way around. (Rules schmules.) That blue is ZINGY!

Total perfection. Here’s one of his figurative paintings. Which could almost be abstract; look at how the canvas is divided up, how the colours are layered so you see glimpses of those beneath.

There is a section on his website called ‘Bobisms of the Month‘. This is my favourite:

You cannot wait until you get better.
Do the best you can now, today.
And you will get better at what you want to create.
Here he is in his studio. Bob, you are an inspiration to me.

I must get me to the studio.