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

Where to Take Figure Drawing Classes by Angeline Marie Martinez

  I was asked recently where to take figure drawing classes. Here are some ideas of how to go about finding at least a group that has a model:1. Check the local community college for credit & non-credit courses. 2. Take an online class 3. Go to the local library and check out DVDs, books, etc. about figure drawings. 4. Jerry's Artarama has DVDs for free short term rentals at the stores.5. Contact local art communities and/or galleries.6. The CD to buy with models on it is called Virtual Pose. Use without worrying about copyright.7. Visit www.wetcanvas.com and check the forums. This is a great so... [More]
May
12
2010

What's YOUR Style? by Wilson Bickford

As an art instructor, I often hear the lament of students stating that, "I don't have a style," or "My work doesn't look like ME." Though we've all heard it before, the old saying, Don't worry about finding your style, your style will find YOU, is very true. In the beginning, most aspiring painters learn by copying. Let's face it,....... there's not one of us who can plead innocence on this. And that's okay. We learn by doing and by seeing what other artists do to create their unique effects. I truly think this is the best approach when starting out. However, you will eventually come to a place where you're ready to "solo" and you try those... [More]

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