Bill Alexander: Wet On Wet Oil Painting – Painting Fall River (Part 1/3)

Advanced, Intermediate, Oils, Painting | 01 Sep, 2012

Oil painting legend Bill Alexander kicks off this three part video tutorial by showing you how to paint Fall River his way. He uses a selection of his desired tools like a large brush, one inch brush and palette knives to bring vivid color to his oil painting. Watch, listen and learn from the master at work…This is a much watch art video tutorial for any aspiring oil painter!

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    1. Merci pour ces cours, je suis française et ne comprend pas grand chose mais j’essaie de capter quelques mots alors que mon coeur s’arrête pour vous regarder peindre. Je débute seulement dans la peinture et j’apprécie énormément vos cours, Encore mille fois merci.

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    2. – No you do not use gesso, only the Magic White. Cover the clean canvas with a THIN layer of Magic White and build the other paints on top of that. Using too much Magic White will “muddy” your paints. By the way, using a very thick, dense paint works MUCH better than thinner, less expensive oil paints.

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    3. @glenn7474glenn – No you do not use gesso, only the Magic White. Cover the clean canvas with a THIN layer of Magic White and build the other paints on top of that. Using too much Magic White will “muddy” your paints. By the way, using a very thick, dense paint works MUCH better than thinner, less expensive oil paints.

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    4. And when the change of life slam into her like a subway train her vagina fall out of her dress she stamp on it with the golf cleat and said you put da poison in me i shave her back with a rusty tuna can and the skin coem off liek sheets of papyrus that i write my divorce settlement on in BLOODAnd now let’s make a nice stream…

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    5. Your canvas needs to be double primed with GESSO before you paint anything . Magic white (Alexander art) Liguid white (Bob Ross) is used as a painting medium to help with applying color and blending . Gesso is used as a primer , two totally different things .

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    6. “har har har” yes he was, according har har har to his bio on PBS & himself. He painted har har har funny funny while serving in the har har har military. either way, who gives a fuck, he’s dead and you will be too. but no one will write about you…NOW…thats funny.

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    7. I’m just starting to explore about the oil painting and having an idea to start coz of ur painting style and i really inspired by u…. U are really a genious…. Can u suggest me which brand of magic white u r using in ur paintings? Pls help me…. Do me this favor…. Am awaiting for ur response…..

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    8. not to say he is a bad painter but bob ross had more precision in his seemingly random brush strokes which allowed the his paintings to find the grey area between impressionism and realism. Meanwhile bill is all impressionism

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    9. I’m pretty sure that Bob’s paintings had already been done once or twice. Bill was like the honey badger and he just didn’t give a damn. He would throw a canvas up and start painting with only a foggy idea of what he wanted.

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    10. I find Bill Alexander very interesting,his works are beautiful to me. Bob Ross was blessed to have been Bills understudy. They must have had a unique relationship because both their personalities are very much alike. LOVE THEM BOTH

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    11. They aren’t better. I swear some people are totally blind. They respond to Bob’s personality without really reviewing his work. If you saw the things I saw that Bill has painted, you would understand. I have seen things that Bill did that very few others have seen. I have also viewed many of his original works up close. There is no comparison.

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    12. They aren’t better. I swear some people are totally blind. They respond to Bob’s personality without really reviewing his work. If you saw the things I saw that Bill has painted, you would understand. I have seen things that Bill did that very few others have seen. I have also viewed many of his original works up close. There is no comparison.

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    13. Bill had quite an accent. Bill said himself in his biography that he was relieved to be captured by American soldiers during the war. He wanted to come to the United States, but immigrating Canada was easier. Bill was never anti American and it wasn’t his choice to participate in the war. Nazi’s were responsible for the death of Bill’s father. He was never on their side.

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    14. Bill had quite an accent. Bill said himself in his biography that he was relieved to be captured by American soldiers during the war. He wanted to come to the United States, but immigrating Canada was easier. Bill was never anti American and it wasn’t his choice to participate in the war. Nazi’s were responsible for the death of Bill’s father. He was never on their side.

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    15. everyone has an opinion. Ross’s technique was more refined. If you want to say that Bill’s paintings appealed to you more because of the LACK of details or perhaps they didn’t seem as cookie-cutter, that’s your opinion. I don’t put either of them in any great painter category but I liked watching them paint. I have two paintings in two museums, btw. Wonder if that gives me any more clout for an opinion? prob not.

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    16. If you’re basing this on some 30 minute paintings you saw on television shows, you are really making a mistake. Bill had a far better command of color and composition compared to Bob. It’s hard to find photos of Bill’s work where he actually sat and had time to paint something. The 30 minute TV show paintings are certainly not his best, and keep in mind that the photos that show up in Bob’s books… those are not the paintings he did on the show. He had plenty of time to paint those.

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    17. If you’re basing this on some 30 minute paintings you saw on television shows, you are really making a mistake. Bill had a far better command of color and composition compared to Bob. It’s hard to find photos of Bill’s work where he actually sat and had time to paint something. The 30 minute TV show paintings are certainly not his best, and keep in mind that the photos that show up in Bob’s books… those are not the paintings he did on the show. He had plenty of time to paint those.

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    18. Find a copy of Bill’s landscape oil painting book published by Walter Foster. That will give you a much better example of his abilities, but only a small sampling. I’m not the only one that prefers Bill’s paintings. Bill Alexander painted for royalty. Not just for the TV cameras.

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    19. Find a copy of Bill’s landscape oil painting book published by Walter Foster. That will give you a much better example of his abilities, but only a small sampling. I’m not the only one that prefers Bill’s paintings. Bill Alexander painted for royalty. Not just for the TV cameras.

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    20. You’re obviously passionate about this. Good for you. I’ve seen pics of large Alexander paintings, sure. All I’m saying is that Ross’s TECHNIQUE was more refined, cleaner, detailed. Do you not get that? If not, oh well.

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    21. Can you blame someone for wanting to do his own show/products? As I understand it, he DIDN’T do the paint products until Bill asked him to because there was too much demand for it. Loosen up, man. Bill didn’t lose anything by Bob’s doings.

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    22. Bob didn’t start doing his own thing until he realized that Bill wasn’t going to allow Bob’s face on his products. He was going to represent Bill’s company, and Bob didn’t like that. So yes.. Bill did lose something because of Bob.

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    23. Bob didn’t start doing his own thing until he realized that Bill wasn’t going to allow Bob’s face on his products. He was going to represent Bill’s company, and Bob didn’t like that. So yes.. Bill did lose something because of Bob.

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    24. oh cmon… Bob was a student. If Bob didn’t want to tout his teacher, so what? That’s his decision. But I’m not an expert on who said what. People bash Bob but what did he really do wrong? Want to start his own company? LIke I said, I think he was simply using Bill’s paints and materials in the beginning and doing the paint shows. Anyway, take it easy.

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    25. yes, I’ve painted with oils, watercolor, acrylic. But mostly I airbrushed acrylic. Refined… the originator invents the style or idea, the student learns it and refines it but that says nothing about the student’s compositional skills or imagination, etc. I’m ONLY talking about technique. I recognize the criticism people have of Bob and Bill’s stuff. They might say Bill’s is also cookie cutter or how many landscapes can you do? Plus, they are not really realistic.

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    26. If you follow Bill’s instructions vs. Bob’s, there is a huge difference in their techniques. One allows a lot of flexibility and the other does not. Eventually people have to move on and develop their own styles.You should look up the paintings that Bob did before he met Bill just so you can see how much of Bill existed inside of Bob. To be perfectly honest, Bob couldn’t paint for crap before he met Bill. 90% of what Bob did came directly from Bill.

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    27. If you follow Bill’s instructions vs. Bob’s, there is a huge difference in their techniques. One allows a lot of flexibility and the other does not. Eventually people have to move on and develop their own styles.You should look up the paintings that Bob did before he met Bill just so you can see how much of Bill existed inside of Bob. To be perfectly honest, Bob couldn’t paint for crap before he met Bill. 90% of what Bob did came directly from Bill.

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    28. If you follow Bill’s instructions vs. Bob’s, there is a huge difference in their techniques. One allows a lot of flexibility and the other does not. Eventually people have to move on and develop their own styles.

      You should look up the paintings that Bob did before he met Bill just so you can see how much of Bill existed inside of Bob. To be perfectly honest, Bob couldn’t paint for crap before he met Bill. 90% of what Bob did came directly from Bill.

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    29. dude… I’m done. You’re obviously obsessed with this topic and me, I know that Bob’s paintings were more step-by-step and easier for absolute beginners to follow. “To be perfectly honest, Bob couldn’t paint for crap before he met Bill.”And isn’t that how it goes? thousands of people had never touched a paint brush till they watched Bob. Call it a poor man’s art if you want but those people who were inspired by Bob gained some of that happiness Bob and Bill both had.

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    30. dude… I’m done. You’re obviously obsessed with this topic and me, I know that Bob’s paintings were more step-by-step and easier for absolute beginners to follow.

      “To be perfectly honest, Bob couldn’t paint for crap before he met Bill.”

      And isn’t that how it goes? thousands of people had never touched a paint brush till they watched Bob. Call it a poor man’s art if you want but those people who were inspired by Bob gained some of that happiness Bob and Bill both had.

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    31. It’s your opinion you like Bob more. You don’t have to apologise for your opinion because someone disagrees. I disagree totally with you and no hurt feelings. I prefer Bill’s painting style since he seems to focus more on light rather than color, but Bob’s soothing voice and charming personallity earned him my lifetime respect.

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