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]
May
12
2010

Mixed Up Media? by Wilson Bickford

Here are a couple of paintings that I've done over the past couple of days. Both utilized some Acrylic underpainting, but are essentially "Oil paintings."The sunflowers were started yesterday and finished today. I had added Alkyd medium to the Oils to speed the drying, so that it was virtually dry over-night. That made it easy to glaze and brighten the final highlights this morning. The barn was tackled in the same way; Acrylics underneath with Oils over the top. The difference is that I was able to get the amount of detail I desired without having to wait for it to dry, so it was all done in one sitting.I use this approach quite often, (more... [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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