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Section 2 of my Basic Color Theory course is in production!

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Now that section 1 of my Basic Color Theory course is complete and launching on July 25, 2022, I am now focusing on the production of section 2. Section 1 was filled with theory and mixing exercises. Section 2, after one more mixing exercise, begins to put all of the theory and exercises to use with painting the first still life painting of the course. Section 2 is a concentration on red, green, and their complementary color mixtures, so of course, the still life will have red and green subjects. Since this is the first still life painting and I want students to focus on mixing more than textures, I chose red and green peppers. Completed tonal painting for the first still life painting for my Basic Color Theory course. I paint using the indirect method, so naturally, I teach using the same process. I just finished and rendered the first lesson of the still life painting, which covers painting the tonal layer. I wanted to share a short clip of the lesson towards the end so you can see h

My Basic Color Theory Course Launches July 25!

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March 14, 2022, is when I started to edit and produce my Basic Color Theory Course. When I started this project, I had no idea what it would take and how much I had to learn. Four months later, I am ready to launch the first section of the course! I have been teaching this course since 2011, and the recorded version of the course is the same as it was when I was teaching in person but on steroids. For the first time in my teaching history, students get a front-row seat right behind my shoulder and watch every brush stroke I make, how I work the paint on the palette even how I clean my brush. Students receive clear and precise instruction through real-time video and can pause or rewind the instruction. The one indisputable fact I have learned over the years is that not everyone learns at the same pace. I love this new format of sharing my drawing and oil painting instruction it allows students to work at their own pace. My Basic Color Theory course is a bundle of five sections, and each

Go and Paint Another!

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  “Feigned Innocence” Oil on ½” Gessoed Maple Panel 16 x 10 It is always a fantastic day in the studio when you receive an email from one of your galleries informing you that a painting has sold and your payment is on the way. I am always honored that someone decided to purchase one of my paintings to hang on their walls, but I think of it as the highest compliment an individual can give an artist. When purchasing a piece of art, you are telling that artist to go and paint another. Thank you to Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for once again helping one of my pieces to find its home, you are all the best, and I love working with you, Detail image 1 This painting was inspired by a photography reference trip to Yellowstone a few years back with my friend and fantastic artist Julie Bender . We were driving one of the many roads in Yellowstone looking for wildlife to photograph when we came around a corner and saw this little Red Fox trotting down the road. We immediately turned around

From in-person to online and mentoring instruction, a studio artist spotlight

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  Studio artist spotlight About this time last year, I received an email notification of a new student enrollment in my Basic Perspective course, which I thought was odd and exciting at the same time. Odd because I had not started to promote any of my online courses and exciting because I had a new student. After completing the Basic Perspective Course , my new student Christy continued with my introductory sketching courses “Eggs and a Creamer,” “Teapot and a Creamer,” and “Eggs in a Cup.” I later came to find out that Christy had taken my Drawing Fundamentals in-person course back in 2019 before my art academy had to shut down due to Covid restrictions. I had to apologize to her because I did not remember her taking that in-person course with me. I blame it on the stress of moving the art academy into its new location in September 2019 as well as the overwhelming pressure of having to close the academy down six months later. “Eggs and a Creamer,” Graphite pencil by Christy Weisin

Birds in Art 2022!

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Birds in Art Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum Wausau, Wisconsin September 10 – November 27, 2022 "Mexican Eagles" ​Oil on 1/2" gessoed maple panel, 28 x 50in I am honored to share that my painting “Mexican Eagles” has the prestigious honor to be included in the 2022 Birds in Art exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, September 10 through November 27, 2022, in Wausau, Wisconsin. Organized annually since 1976 by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Birds in Art presents the very best contemporary artistic interpretations of birds and related subject matter. Each year, a jury selects approximately 100 works to take part in the exhibit. This year, 569 artists from around the world submitted. Robert is one of approximately 94 juried artists selected for the exhibit; the show will also include the work of many master wildlife artists. Birds in Art opens September 10, coinciding with Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend, a two-day, three-event art extravaganza on both sides

New work from artists and students in my mentoring studio!

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I often say that I have the privilege of working with some very talented artists in my Mentoring Studios. Each week brings new challenges, questions, and of course, new paintings and drawings. Below are a handful of recent works that were painted and drawn by some of the artists and students I work with. You will see that there is a wide range of subjects from stilllifes, animals, people to water and sunsets and different mediums. I hope you enjoy their new pieces! Stilllife, Oil by Paula Smith. Thursday evening mentoring studio. Wildlife, African Wild Dog, Oil by Jan Priddy. Tuesday morning mentoring studio. Wildlife, Snowy Egret, Graphite Pencil by Rich Turney. Thursday morning mentoring studio. Wildlife, Goldfinch, Oil by Cindy Paris. Thursday morning mentoring studio. Sunset, Oil by Mary Lee Wetzel. Thursday morning mentoring studio. Portrait, Graphite Pencil by Katharina Robinson. Thursday evening mentoring studio. Figure, Pastel by Sonya Richeson. Thursday evening mentoring studi

Two paintings off to Tulsa!

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All framed and ready to go! Two paintings off to Tulsa!   Shipping new art out to a gallery is always a great feeling! My paintings “In my Father’s Shadow” and “Moraine Morning” are packaged up and headed out to Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I have worked with Lovetts Gallery for the last 12 years, and I am honored to have my work included with so many other great artists. I am currently working on a few more new pieces that I plan on taking out in June. It will be great to be back in the gallery again after such a long time of being away. To see the piece that I currently have available through Lovetts visit  https://lovettsgallery.com/artists/2-dimensional/robert-caldwell "In my Father's Shadow" ​Oil on 1/2" gessoed maple panel 20 x 16 in "Moraine Morning" ​Oil on 1/2" gessoed maple panel 11 x 15 in