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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Good Night, Sweet Prints by Wilson Bickford

Okay, ……..so I know I’ll probably ruffle a few feathers with this week’s entry, but I’m just going to state my own personal opinions regarding art “prints”. I’ve never been an advocate of the print market and here’s why. Is it just me or has greed taken over the print market? And I don’t mean…..

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Preserving our Past by Wilson Bickford

As artists, we are able to record the details of our generation for all posterity. To prove my point, I will mention two names: George Washington and Jesus Christ. Upon reading those names, it’s without question that a “visual” popped into your head, correct? The reason is that you have a reference to these two…..

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Take A Hike by Wilson Bickford

If you want to get your creative juices flowing, sometimes you just have to get out into Mother Nature’s domain. Winters here in northern NY can be quite brutal, with minus 20s and 30s pretty common in January and February. There are acres and acres of meadows and thick woods behind my home which I…..

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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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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…..

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