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 ... [More]
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! www.wilsonbickford.comWilson 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... [More]
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]

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