Art is a Universal Language by Deb Bartos

In addition to being an artist (a painter of oils and watercolors) I am a nursing instructor. I love teaching. I love learning. I love caring and teaching others new skills in caring. I also believe that every profession (and every life) has 2 sides. There is an art and a science to everything. The…..

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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…..

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Creating A Classic Still Life by Wilson Bickford

  Still life is one of my favorite subject matters. For me, it’s the challenge of capturing the realism of the objects involved. Quite often, I will utilize the Old Masters’ “indirect” approach of laying down a “grisaille” underpainting, then layering glazes and applying final highlights. There’s no question that this is a very effective…..

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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…..

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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…..

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Our Influences on Others by Wilson Bickford

Each school year, I have the opportunity to work with several hundred kids in a “Visiting Artist” program, which is set up by the local arts council. My county is the largest in the state so I cover quite an area and frequent many different schools. Very recently, I was scheduled for 4 consecutive days…..

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