Bill Alexander: Wet On Wet Oil Painting – Painting A Path (Part 3/3)

Advanced, Intermediate, Oils, Painting | 09 Sep, 2012

William (Bill) Alexander was born in 1915 in East Prussia. As a youth he put his artistic talents to paint murals and carriages for local aristocrats. After the war, Bill and his family immigrated to North America to pursue their dream of building a home and to share Bills gift of painting. He is probably one of the happiest artists on the planet. The video is very easy to follow and you can easily share his enthusiasm for painting. Some great techniques are used to achieve nice tonal values of natural light on the pathway and the trees.

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    1. Thank you so much William for sharing with us all your different techniques. Your joy of painting is evident and in your paintings is love and harmony. Your colour scale is always happy. You never put down others technique for the matter of fact there are 100000 ways of painting as many as there are people. Thank God for that. HE let us sing HIS praise in so many different techniques. God bless you.

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    2. Not that I can do this, but is anyone else bothered by the color he used for highlights/sunshine?It looks like half the painting is during fall, and the other half is a lush dark forest. The light has too much red in it, no? He has the bush in the back and the open area in the back perfectly done.

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    3. @OnlyBlix Start of fall? IDK. I see your point but I just think he has no fear of color, he uses colors he likes to see together to make an environment the way he wants to see it. You can tell he really digs a lot of contrast. I guess thats why they call it taking an “artistic license.” I personally like to see it, because it creates something more interesting then just going out and taking a photograph of a path. Which can be cool too, but hey why not embellish reality…sometimes it needs it.

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    4. Start of fall? IDK. I see your point but I just think he has no fear of color, he uses colors he likes to see together to make an environment the way he wants to see it. You can tell he really digs a lot of contrast. I guess thats why they call it taking an “artistic license.” I personally like to see it, because it creates something more interesting then just going out and taking a photograph of a path. Which can be cool too, but hey why not embellish reality…sometimes it needs it.

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    5. Yes. Your best bet is to find a certified instructor in your area. I know that I can guide a person with no experience from start to finish. Any Alexander Certified Instructor can help you regardless of previous experience. “Talent” isn’t what people believe it is. What some people view as “talent” is really just practice and training.

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    6. Yes. Your best bet is to find a certified instructor in your area. I know that I can guide a person with no experience from start to finish. Any Alexander Certified Instructor can help you regardless of previous experience. “Talent” isn’t what people believe it is. What some people view as “talent” is really just practice and training.

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    7. Yes. Your best bet is to find a certified instructor in your area. I know that I can guide a person with no experience from start to finish. Any Alexander Certified Instructor can help you regardless of previous experience.

      “Talent” isn’t what people believe it is. What some people view as “talent” is really just practice and training.

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    8. Talent is just a very fancy word for practice. Trust me. If you want to paint, you can do it. Don’t convince yourself otherwise or you’ll never ever try. Everyone has a great imagination and we all know what inspires us.

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    9. Talent is just a very fancy word for practice. Trust me. If you want to paint, you can do it. Don’t convince yourself otherwise or you’ll never ever try. Everyone has a great imagination and we all know what inspires us.

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    10. My first painting class that I taught, had a lady come in that had never held a brush before. She completed that painting and she did a damn good job. And you know what else? She sold that painting. Anyone watching these videos can be just like her.

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    11. My first painting class that I taught, had a lady come in that had never held a brush before. She completed that painting and she did a damn good job. And you know what else? She sold that painting. Anyone watching these videos can be just like her.

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    12. Yeah only just heard that quite recently. I was disappointed to hear that Alexander and Ross weren’t on good terms at the end. He blamed Ross for claiming the wet and wet technique as his own. I’ve gone off Ross since then…can’t abide him now.

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    13. Can we stop with the Bill VS Bob arguments? They are moot points since they are both dead. Lets just enjoy each talent as they each have their own flair. It doesn’t matter who taught who. If Bills way didn’t catch on, it would have died with him. Thank God someone took it and continued to make people happy.

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    14. Ugh! Im so discouraged! I just tried painting this and it looks awful! Ive only been painting a short time, and my early results had been really good and getting better and i figured i needed a change of scenery from mountains and lakes so i figured i would try this……looks like im going back to mountains and lakes. I feel bad that i wasted a bunch of paint and a canvas on what turned out to be a disaster. Mr. Alexander is a great painter, i just wish i could have honered his memory better.

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