Bill Alexander Painting Tips: Mountain Water Runoff Part 1
Each Saturday we will have tips and instructions from Bill himself as he walks you through “Mountain Water Runoff.”
Today Bill starts a new painting called “Mountain Water Runoff.” He is painting outside at Silver Falls State Park in Oregon, one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Filming an outdoor show can be challenging with changing weather conditions causing ever-changing lighting issues. If only we could get the Sun and Clouds to stand still!
Key Points To Consider:
- Bill always begins with a thin coat of Magic White.
- He uses thick, firm paint.
- Bill is using a brand new Blending Brush. Always before a new brush is used, it should be fanned out to remove the loose hairs. No matter the quality of the brush, some hair will fall out.
- He is cleaning his brush with thinner which we don’t do anymore. Bill would be so happy to use our new method of cleaning his brushes.
- He is shaking the thinner off of his brush into a garbage can and then uses his beater box to dry the brush. This was a great idea, then. We have a saying we love at Alexander Art. When we know better, we do better! We teach people a much safer way to clean brushes now.
- Bill is using very little paint. Remember, the background colors go on very deep into the canvas.
- He has prepared his canvas for the next stage which we will share with you next week
- Anyone can paint! You don’t have to have a special talent you just need to desire to do it.
Painting is a wonderful pastime and a great stress reliever. We all know we could use a little less stress today.