Bill Alexander: Step By Step Oil Painting Lesson Of Holiday Mountain

Oil painter William (Bill) Alexander was born in 1915 in East Prussia. From a young age he painted, and quite frequently painted murals for wealthy aristocrats on the run up to the war. With a supportive family of Bill’s talent they all immigrated to North America where his dream was to build a house and share his oil painting talent with the world.

As with a lot of artists it was a struggle to work and support a family with art alone but he persevered and developed his famous wet on wet technique and developed a range of palette knives and brushes to help other artists mimic his talent with oils. After the hardship it paid off and Bill Alexander hosted and developed a TV series to expose himself to millions and is now respected the world over.

In this oil painting tutorial the legend Bill Alexander extends his knowledge with wet on wet oil painting and the techniques which accommodate this style to you, the viewer. This is a step by step oil painting lesson where Bill paints the mountainous scene (Holiday mountain) with some impressive foreground foliage.

Using a variety of brushes ranging from round, flat to the infamous fan brush Bill Alexander creates the scenery of the rolling mountains impressively quick and using his acquired oil painting techniques makes them come to life. Using the palette knife he scrapes the oil paint down the sides of the mountain to leave the impression of fresh snow which any beginner could achieve with a few practice attempts. As a professional oil painter specialising n landscapes he knows the best way to teach his art students and followers and uses a very soft approach to making sure any artist at any level can follow in comfort from their own homes.

The fan brush technique is especially effective for achieving vibrant and quick foliage which looks almost life-like on the canvas. For more of Bill Alexander videos just click on the tab section or alternatively type his name into the search box on the site. If you have found this oil painting tutorial helpful feel free to leave comments at the bottom or push it out to your friends using the social buttons on the right.

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    1. Wow Ross didn’t just take the style (which wasn’t exactly Bill’s either, it dates back a long time) but he also took the “Happy” stuff. I think what ultimately set apart Ross from Alexander was just his voice, he was soothing. Bill Alexander was more wild. I like both though, as one style, they do it fine.

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    2. Ha, well I learned that Happy Accidents is actually not an original thing at all, it dates back a long time. I saw a painter Ben Stahl use it in the 70’s on his show. He said it in a way that makes me think Happy Accidents is actually a painting term for making a mistake work for you in painting. But I’ll be honest, I wouldn’t have known that, I thought it was a Bob Ross one liner.

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    3. Bob Ross: okay now here we’re gonna take just a little bit of the titanium hwite and paint some happy little clouds here.Bill Alexander: I will have…uhh..kind of uh..a… *stabs into orange and starts beating the canvas*

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    4. Bob Ross: okay now here we’re gonna take just a little bit of the titanium hwite and paint some happy little clouds here.Bill Alexander: I will have…uhh..kind of uh..a… *stabs into orange and starts beating the canvas*

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    5. orange and blue cancel so you can’t get nasty greens in your sky if you’ll just use orange and not yellow. Opposites on the color wheel cancel to gray so at worst you’ll have shades of gray in your blues and oranges. good to know. 🙂

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