May
12
2010

Sunset Paintings by Wilson Bickford

 love to paint sunsets! I could paint nothing BUT sunsets and never be bored with it. It's the strong value contrasts of the light and silhouetted darks that really grab me!

"FIRE IN THE SKY" is on a 12" x 16" panel and was painted wet-in-wet using Jerry's own SOHO Oils. I like the interplay of that little touch of cool Blue against all the warm Reds and Yellows. Repeating those hues in the water ties the whole painting idea together.


"EVENING SILHOUETTE" is on a 10" x 20" panel and was also painted Alla Prima, but the finer, tighter details were added after it had dried.

I like the delicacy of all the tree branches against the lighter sky backdrop.

Every sunset is unique and different, so we as artists have an unlimited amount of reference material at our disposal. Whether you take photos to act as your guide or work from imagination, the possibilities are truly endless.
Another day, another sunset!

http://www.wilsonbickford.com/

May
12
2010

TMNK on Being an Artist


We're all walking through a vast forest, a wilding wilderness. None of us know where we'll come out. This strange and bewildering journey is no different for the artist; except he/or she chooses to talk to themselves along the way, purposely leaving tracks, drawing on the walls of discovered caves, leaving, arranging bird seeds for others to interpret or follow.

I believe we're all artists, or rather we're all capable of creating art. Yes, we are all capable of communicating our thoughts, feelings or emotions. The artist simply chooses to do it perhaps more visually, or perhaps abstractly, or with collaged images or sounds. The artist simply believes his or her chosen form of creative communication is important enough to record, to preserve for future generations, to share with an audience. The same could be said for writers, I would think. We all have stories, experiences, dreams, and thoughts. The writer simply chooses to record his or hers, and to believe they are important enough or interesting enough that they should be preserved and shared with, read by the masses.

Throughout history, critics have debated the merit, talent or ability of this artist versus that artist. But the truth be told, none of these intellectual discussions or criticisms, over time, have much to do with defining who is or isn't an artist. Certainly history shows that some were more masterful in one technique over another. And there are some because of their artistic mastery who have been proclaimed great. Yet, the annals of art history are equally filled with those whose creations showed little ability or technique in execution. Random splatters and drips of paint, or the absence thereof, have also been proclaimed as art, and their creators as great artists.

So the challenge is, despite the critics, despite adversity, to continue the search, to explore and define their own creative voice. The artist must find the courage to scribble, sketch, arrange, sculpt and paint, and to believe these creative musings are worthy of sharing with the masses, despite harsh rebuke, or occasional praise.

Today I will continue my exploration. I will continue to walk through the forest, talking to myself, creating art along the way.
- TMNK

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May
12
2010

NEW Stretched Canvas Just Arrived!

By popular demand we added 2 NEW Stretched Canvas to our already large supply of Artist Canvas and Boards. We just added the Centurion Deluxe Oil Primed Linen and the Practica Economy Stretched Canvas and they are both on sale right now.

New Item: Centurion Deluxe Oil Primed Linen

As an oil colorist it is important to work on oil primed surfaces and not universal primed surfaces. The reason is that universal primed survices are semi-absorbent. Gesso is absorbent even if it is plate smooth.

 

New Alternative For Artists
  • Superb performance and perfect color rendition
  • Specifically designed for oil painters
  • Oil primed for the most brilliant results
  • Exclusive OP enhanced oil priming

You can buy Centuron Oil Primed Canvas mounted to hardboard 3mm panels, in canvas pads that can be stapled or taped to painting boards, in rolls for stretching your own canvas

They are available in a box of 6 and come in many sizes small and large ranging from, 5x7, 6x6, 6x12 all the way up to as large as 48x72


New Item: Practica Economy Stretched Canvas



New Practica Economy Canvas

  • Provides a stretched canvas brush response
  • Acid-free acrylic priming accepts oils, acrylics and alkyds
  • Slimmer profile and side stapled
  • Sold in 2-Packs in boxes of ten (20 canvases per box


The New Practica Economy Canvas is intended as a low cost alternative to canvas panels and is perfect for students and for quick studies.


This canvas comes in a Box of 20 and the sizes range from 8x10, 9x12, 11x14, 12x16, 16x20 and 18x24.


We carry a large selection of artist painting surfaces. One of our popular items is the Edge Stretched Canvas without staples, acide free, all media primed and 100% natural cotton canvas. You can see  our large selection of canvas and boards to find the perfect one you need.

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