Sunday, December 5, 2010

American Art Collector - December Issue

The following is the December issue of American Art Collector where I was featured with two paintings "Cyrk" and "Gyspy." The section focused on figurative artists from around the country.

Billy Seccombe

Monday, July 19, 2010

John Ottis Adams

I post this example of a work by John Ottis Adams without much to say. I believe the work speaks for itself.  However, briefly, I would note that there is a subtleness to the handling of the sitter’s skin in that not only reflects a soft, delicate nuance but also suggests a beautifully inviting texture.  It is a wonderful piece of mastery to emulate.  Thank you.

Billy Seccombe

Ilya Repin - Detail

I have posted this image before on another blog I have but in recently discussing this artist with my painting student Luda I thought it necessary to once again put this image up on my blog. It is a detail from Ilya Repin's painting Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (Russian: Моде́ст Петро́вич Му́соргский,Modest Petrovič Musorgskij. This to me is perhaps one of his strongest pieces for it's depth of emotion and attention to building up textures. I could study this .jpg for hours. I hope you find this image as invigorating as I do.

Billy Seccombe

Metropolitan Museum of Art Sketches

These drawings were from a series of sketches done during a recent trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in September. I get there when I can but my recent visit focused on the Greek & Roman Sculpture Hall which houses some amazing examples of ancient pieces. Below are 3 pages taken from my sketchbook of that trip.
Billy Seccombe

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Vasari Paints

I wanted to briefly write about a line of paint that I have discovered through my friends and various artists that I admire in the New York gallery scene. Vasari Paints is a line of hand-crafted oil paint produced in small batches with an attention to detail and a focus upon the traditional old master materials for the purest of colors. One might imagine that as a result the paint is rather expensive and it certainly can be however by taking advantage of on-line sales you can stock up on the colors that you need here and there.

The color comparison as seen in a side-by-side evaluation with other brands is remarkable as the color is more vibrant and of a much higher quality without any wax additives, etc. If you are unable to invest in Vasari products an alternative is Windsor & Newton "Artist Grade" which is a very nice line as well. I have begun to update my materials in my own studio to include Vasari brand paint and am buying them in small groups so as to not overwhelm myself with the costs of what can be expensive products. My wife generously bought me four tubes (seen above) flake white, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, and permanent bright red as my Christmas present this past holiday season. I have just begun using them but I am very excited to be adding them to my palette. I am following Sharon Sprung's palette which is generally around 9 colors and is outline previously in my blog. As always, I would encourage you to leave questions or comments below and please feel free to follow me on twitter at www.twitter/ Thank you.

Billy Seccombe

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Exhibition of New Works

Hello all-

I'd like to send out a quick email to mention that I am participating in my second big show in Manhattan coming up at the Salmagundi Club on Fifth Ave. I am exhibiting three new works in the Junior/Scholarship show. The reception date is January 14th, 6 p.m. In addition to the reception date, the show hangs from January 5th to January 22nd, and entrance is free. Please visit the Salmagundi Club's website at for more information. I look forward to seeing you there. Thank you.

Billy Seccombe