Wilson Bickford: Oils Lesson – Ocean Wave

Intermediate, Oils, Painting | 08 Sep, 2012

Artist Wilson Bickford kicks off this video lesson by explaining to you the anatomy of the wave. How it needs to be formed to create a natural organic shape within the painting. He guides you through a series of painting techniques such as highlighting, shaping, spattering and directional movement of the brush to create movement. A variety of brushes are used in this demonstration as well such as the round and flat tip brushes.

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    1. hi wilson im a baby boomer that just started painting self taught so to speak last fall, i tried this sunset and when i was done i cried!! it was the first thing i did that i really felt super proud of and i have you to thank for it i love all your videos. thankyou

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    2. whenever that the wave would have some foam looking like a splash, i was adding the shots of spraying dots with titanium white with my fan brush but the problem is that the white dots keep shooting a little bit at my sunset that i was doing and i was wondering if you have any ideas to help me prevent that from happening

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    3. More experience with this technique will make it easier to control where the spatter goes. You’ll be able to pinpoint it better. One idea you can try is to lay your canvas flat and gently lay a paper towel over the sky area, before you spatter. This will keep the dots from getting where you don’t want them. But, be careful laying the towel, if your painting is still wet!

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    4. i like your videos very much, they are really helpful to me as i am learning oil painting, please can you upload more videos to show the still or flowing water of the river and also of the ancient buildings and palaces. If you can upload it, it will be very greatful to me. Please…..

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    5. Hi Wilson, I think that you should highlight the part of the wave that is above the crashing part. You can put a light blue/green color there. Hope u understand what I’m saying, thanks! P.S. I have been painting for four months and love your lessons!

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    6. I have watched this several times. It’s amazing what you have done. I only work in pastels (not oil ones) so I have tried to apply these techniques to a different medium. So far the same principles apply. Thank you for sharing you artistry with us!

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    7. I have watched this several times. It’s amazing what you have done. I only work in pastels (not oil ones) so I have tried to apply these techniques to a different medium. So far the same principles apply. Thank you for sharing you artistry with us!

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    8. I really like your videos, they are really helpful :)I have a few questions: what sort of pencil do you use to not make a visible when you are painting over it? because, when i painted acrylic paint over my pencil strikes it was still visibleAnd how can you prevent that your painting doesn’t crack?ps. i have a video about 3 paintings of me, could you please watch it and maybe give me some tips on how to improve? i didn’t take any lesson whatsoever, so that is why it doesnt look so good

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    9. I really like your videos, they are really helpful 🙂
      I have a few questions: what sort of pencil do you use to not make a visible when you are painting over it? because, when i painted acrylic paint over my pencil strikes it was still visible

      And how can you prevent that your painting doesn’t crack?

      ps. i have a video about 3 paintings of me, could you please watch it and maybe give me some tips on how to improve? i didn’t take any lesson whatsoever, so that is why it doesnt look so good

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    10. Thank you for therefore exmrtee a superb blog. where else could one gain this one form of info written within exmrteely one incite full way? I even have a delivering because i am impartial nowadays performing on, moreover I even have be wanting as very information.

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    11. I’ve always had this assumption that painting is achieved by intricately painting every line, shadow and texture onto the canvas with a small brush, and taking months to achieve a masterpiece. So I have always stuck to drawing as my medium of choice. Until I saw Wilson Bickford. What an artist. And a fantastic teacher.

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    12. Hi. I love your lessons. I have been practicing this wave for a month and now I want to do one in the cold. An arctic bay with icebergs in the background but I cant seem to get the clouds to match the sea. What kind of clouds would you suggest for a cold feeling? I just cant seem to get the shape and color to fit. I’ve been using ultramarine blue as the base for the sea and highlights for the ice. Thanks again for the lessons. You help ALOT of people like me.

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