May
12
2010

Painting Inspiration by Wilson Bickford

  I'm very often asked, "How do you get the inspiration or ideas for all of your paintings?"The truth is that I'm not really sure. Inspiration is one of those things that you don't always see coming and can be triggered by just about anything.Every artist has subjects which are of particular interest and appeal.For Monet, it was his water lilies. Van Gogh had a penchant for hay fields.That's not to say that these subjects were all they painted, but they appear to have held a certain fascination for them, as they rendered them so frequently.For me, I'd have to say that my favorite subjects are birds and old barns.I don't know why exact... [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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