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

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]

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