May
12
2010

Bring out your dark side (to show more light) by Wilson Bickford

I love to paint the deep woods. There is mystery in the dark depth of the shadows. And the way the light filters through the trees is absolutely majestic! (At least to me.) What appeals to me above all, is the strong light and dark contrast, which is the entire basis of a good painting. So many times, I see beginning painters who possess good intentions, but also ignorance of the importance of a strong light/dark balance in their work. It's been said that, "without the dark, there is no light." That is absolutely true!! The darks are what make the lights "pop" and without enough contrast, the end result will be bland. This principle does not ... [More]
May
12
2010

Boat People - A Painting by Nobody

  I was extended an invitation to donate some art for an auction benefiting the survivors of the recent earthquake in Haiti. Of course I was more than happy to contribute my talents, so I didn't hesitate to accept. The painting I've created especially for the fundraiser is entitled Boat People. I wanted to create an image that could perhaps provoke a discussion about perceptions regarding the so-called less fortunate, inhabitants of small third world countries. The pain and agony of Haiti's suffering now pull at our heart. But it wasn't long ago that many saw them as "boat people," illegal immigrants ferrying to America for a better l... [More]
May
12
2010

Three Steps to being a Better Painter in Three Months by Mike Rooney

  Here's a three step list of things that are guaranteed to make you a better painter. Paint. Paint.Paint.There's no substitute for painting. Reading about it won't do it, watching DVDs incessantly won't do it, and taking workshops one behind the other won't do it either.If you would challenge yourself to paint at least five times a week, i know for a fact that you'd be so much better in three months that you'd be ashamed of what you've done up to this point in your art career.How do i know this? Personal experience.It started when i read a book on painting by Kevin McPherson and he stated that to get really good, you needed to do 100... [More]

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