RL Caldwell Studio & Gallery
OIL + ACRYLIC PAINTING • ART EDUCATION
RL Caldwell Studio & Gallery, located in Midlothian (just outside of Richmond, Virginia), is owned and operated by artist Robert Louis Caldwell. Robert has been instructing artists since 2010 and opened the studio in 2016.
Robert views creating art like building a house. You may see a beautiful house in front of you, but what gives it that beauty is the structure and foundation underneath. For artists, that structure and foundation is the knowledge of the fundamentals of art, value, form, color, and technique. To create a beautiful finished drawing or painting, and, more importantly, to enjoy creating that drawing or painting, a good artist has to have a confidence and understanding in all the fundamentals. All creative disciplines require this dedication to learning the basics. When artwork is viewed by someone who doesn’t possess this knowledge or understand the level of effort and passion required to create it, they see “casual grace.” In the end, that is what Robert is hoping people see in his students’ work: a casual grace.
The studio is modeled after a 19th century atelier, where assistants, students, and apprentices come to the private workshop or studio of a professional artist to learn and practice their craft. Robert believes in first building a strong foundation of skills for students and then progressing to additional techniques and media to build their knowledge of seeing and creating lines, shapes, forms, value, and color. Just like fellow musicians, actors, and athletes, a visual artist must have the discipline to continually build and maintain their creative talent.