May
12
2010

Creativity Needs Peace and Quiet by Mike Rooney

I've had an epiphany sometime over the last few months. Slow down and do better paintings. I thought you might like to see how I corrected a dangerous course of action so you'll have something to think about before you go down the same road or have to correct course like me.Here's the skinny.I've been a full-time painter selling in a dozen galleries up and down the eastern seaboard for almost five years now. All the wisdom of the day when I started said that you needed miles and miles of canvas behind you before you got any good. Well they were (and still are) right. But what I didn't hear was miles and miles of decent work. Don't you look at... [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]
May
12
2010

First Plein Air of 2010 by Wilson Bickford

  It has been "unseasonably" warm here in northern New York the past several days. Temperatures have been in the 60's, which is practically unheard of for March. The forecast says we can plan on this break not lasting and we'll be back to reality next week.Yesterday was a beautiful day, so I hauled out my travel easel and paints and headed out for something scenic to paint.Pictured here is the result of my little field trip. This is a spot located just a very few miles down the road from me. With the snow melting and all the run-off, this spot was "percolating." Just rushing water! This is the view from the bridge, which is where I se... [More]

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