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]
May
12
2010

Creating A Classic Still Life by Wilson Bickford

  Still life is one of my favorite subject matters. For me, it's the challenge of capturing the realism of the objects involved. Quite often, I will utilize the Old Masters' "indirect" approach of laying down a "grisaille" underpainting, then layering glazes and applying final highlights. There's no question that this is a very effective method which yields very convincing results. However, there are times when I take a more "direct" approach, as in the sample shown herein. This painting was rendered "alla prima" ( basically wet-on-wet ) on a Black Acrylic Gesso primed canvas. I used no preliminary sketch, but rather laid out th... [More]

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