May
12
2010

Humble Beginnings by WIlson Bickford

  Whenever someone finds out that you're an "artist," the first assumption is that you were "born with talent" and "came by it naturally." (and a hundred other comments which allude to the same idea). When it came to painting, I can assure you that I had no "gift" bestowed upon me.Shown here is my first "serious" attempt at Oils more than 20 years ago.At the time, I didn't think it was too bad, but I knew I had a very, very long way to go.Art is a cumulative process. You'll learn the desired skills through study and practice. The more you invest, the greater the return (and the quicker that return will be).At the time that I painted t... [More]
May
12
2010

Left in the Dark by Wilson Bickford

  I recently conducted an oil painting class which focused on a night-time seascape theme. Rendering night scenes is always challenging, as colors diminish and things take on a more monochromatic feel. The issue is to get the scene dark enough to convey that particular time of the day, but not so dark that it literally becomes lost. In reality, some nights are pitch black and some are still quite light. It takes a lot of "judging" of the values to pull it off convincingly.I find it easier to establish my mid-tone first and I use that value to "tone" my whole canvas. This sets the stage for the lights and darks I will apply which will ... [More]
May
12
2010

Newest DVD Release from Wilson Bickford

Jerry's Artarama has just released the second of several Oil Painting DVDs, which I filmed for them last Spring. "LAKESIDE BIRCHES" is now available as part of the World Of Art DVD collection.There are dozens of videos featuring a troupe of very talented artists, encompassing every style and genre, so please take time to check them out.My hat is off to Jerry's and Burning Oak Studios for allowing me to bring my lessons to you.It is deeply appreciated! www.wilsonbickford.comWilson Bickford, artist and art educator, has perfected the art of the "wet on wet" painting technique. This extremely popular painting style, for its ease of learning and... [More]

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