May
12
2010

WINTER STREAM Project Lesson in Oils by Wilson Bickford

I thought I'd share some insights as to my thought processes and techniques with this painting. This was created just recently and I took step-by-step photos along the way to highlight certain points. Although this is considered an Oil painting, I did start with some Acrylic gessos for the underpainting; a blue-gray for the snow and black for the stream. The idea is to let the underpainting show through to influence the top layer of Oil Colors. Photo #1 - The blue and black Acrylics were applied using a disposable foam brush (hardware -store variety). When that was completely dry, I scrubbed a thin coat of LIQUIN Winsor & Newton Oil Col... [More]
May
12
2010

Sunset Paintings by Wilson Bickford

 love to paint sunsets! I could paint nothing BUT sunsets and never be bored with it. It's the strong value contrasts of the light and silhouetted darks that really grab me! "FIRE IN THE SKY" is on a 12" x 16" panel and was painted wet-in-wet using Jerry's own SOHO Oils. I like the interplay of that little touch of cool Blue against all the warm Reds and Yellows. Repeating those hues in the water ties the whole painting idea together. "EVENING SILHOUETTE" is on a 10" x 20" panel and was also painted Alla Prima, but the finer, tighter details were added after it had dried. I like the delicacy of all the tree branches against the li... [More]
May
12
2010

Yes, YOU Can Paint! by Wilson Bickford

Hello and welcome to my space on the "SPLATTER" blogazine. Thanks for logging on! Wilson Bickford and I am a professional artist and instructor from northern New York state. ( if you're thinking "Albany", keep going North. I'm only 30 miles from Canada. I'm at the polar opposite of the state from NYC. ) I am a self-taught artist and I have been conducting painting and drawing classes for 20 years now. There is no doubt that my "occupation" is unique by most standards, but it is also one of the most rewarding that I can imagine. "Turning people on" to painting is very fulfilling, to say the least. Art, whether it's painting, sculpture, mus... [More]

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