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 straddle either side of that mid-tone.

Painting is all about value contrasts and I make sure that I still get a broad range. (Note the lightness of the moon and sea foam compared to the rocks.) However, the middle values are much "closer" together and vary only slightly. This is the key to capturing that night-time mood.

I have found that these "moonlit" themes seem to strike a certain chord with viewers and consequently, they are good sellers. By a large margin, most landscapes are portrayed during the daytime hours, so perhaps a moonscape's appeal lies in the fact that it's different. If you're strictly a "daytime" painter, don't be afraid to catch "full moon fever" and try one of these.

Just watch out for werewolves!
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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!

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Wilson 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 fantastic results, has helped create new fine artists since its beginning. Bickford gives the viewer the ability to not only create a beautiful piece of art start to finish, but also teaches you practical and important painting techniques which will get you well on your way to becoming a fine artist.

May
12
2010

Reflection - Paiting a Portrait Inside my Mind by TMNK

I am now beginning my day the way I often end it, reflecting. Perhaps today I will paint a portrait, perhaps a self-portrait. Not of myself, but of humanity. Her vanity showing, I know she'll want me to capture her good side. A mirror will be of no use, reflecting only the slowly decaying image in front of it. To paint a great portrait I must challenge myself to look deeper.


Reflection. Yes, I've decided to answer the call to stare, inspect, reflect then paint a portrait of humanity. Slowly, methodically, peering in my mind's eye beneath the surface, I begin the search inwardly. Intrigued, fascinated by the possibilities of discovering a hidden treasure, I continue. Painting, even when my labors seem unrewarded. Reflection. I remind myself that I am the artist, yet I am also the subject, human, and representative in some small degree of the face of humanity. There is much beauty to be discovered and shared. And so I must continue to look, to search as I paint.

I know that there is so much more, we are so much more than the flesh and bones, reflected in a mirror. And there is more to society than the ugliness so often portrayed on the evening news. So when I paint a portrait, I first shatter this glass façade, and attempt to paint the soul beneath the surface. With quiet meditation, I attempt to capture a universal truth and express it with honesty. Reflection, we're more alike than different. Reflection, beauty is more than skin deep, even when ugly is to the bone. Today, as I painted, I chose to look past the ugly blood stained scars of poverty and violence, and create a small portrait of humanity's beauty. It won't be too difficult, if only I reflect inward, with both eyes and heart open.

I've recently finished three portraits,
Reflection, SatchMO, and Malcolm X.

- TMNK

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