New DVD Release from Wilson Bickford

  This project utilizes an acrylic basecoat, over which oils are applied. The key to this approach is in letting the dark background show through, which yields a great deal of depth to the rocks and water areas. Tips for rendering foliage are also highlighted. Also, for you budding Watercolorists, be on the look-out for…..

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Jerry’s Blog Team -- 03/06/2010

Humble Beginnings by WIlson Bickford

  Whenever someone finds out that you’re an “artist,” the first assumption is that you were “born with talent” and “came by it naturally.” (and a hundred other comments which allude to the same idea). When it came to painting, I can assure you that I had no “gift” bestowed upon me. Shown here is…..

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Jerry’s Blog Team -- 12/05/2010

Left in the Dark by Wilson Bickford

  I recently conducted an oil painting class which focused on a night-time seascape theme. Rendering night scenes is always challenging, as colors diminish and things take on a more monochromatic feel. The issue is to get the scene dark enough to convey that particular time of the day, but not so dark that it…..

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Jerry’s Blog Team -- 12/05/2010

Newest DVD Release from Wilson Bickford

There are dozens of videos featuring a troupe of very talented artists, encompassing every style and genre, so please take time to check them out. My hat is off to Jerry’s and Burning Oak Studios for allowing me to bring my lessons to you. It is deeply appreciated! www.wilsonbickford.com Wilson Bickford, artist and art educator,…..

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Jerry’s Blog Team -- 12/05/2010

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……

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Jerry’s Blog Team -- 12/05/2010

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…..

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Jerry’s Blog Team -- 12/05/2010

What will be your Artistic Legacy? by Wilson Bickford

  Have you ever wondered how your art will survive the ages? I don’t mean just the actual pieces of art you’ve created, but also your “reputation” as a bona-fide artist. I know it crosses my mind from time to time. Hey, we’d all like to be remembered after we’re gone, wouldn’t we? Artists have…..

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Jerry’s Blog Team -- 12/05/2010

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…..

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Jerry’s Blog Team -- 12/05/2010

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…..

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Jerry’s Blog Team -- 12/05/2010

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…..

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Jerry’s Blog Team -- 12/05/2010