Bill Alexander Painting Tips: Still Life In Vase pt 1

Each Saturday we will have tips and instructions from Bill himself as he walks you through “Still Life In Vase.”

Points To Consider:

  • Bill starts with a dry, black canvas. He primed it with flat, latex paint and let it dry overnight. (Do you know that black gesso is the same thing as flat, latex house paint?) Get it at the hardware store instead of the art store and save money!)
  • Bill doesn’t spend much time mixing colors on the palette. He prefers to mix on the canvas.
  • He applies a lot of paint with his brush first. This gives him the opportunity to add a lot of paint quickly.
  • He knows what the painting is going to look like before he paints his first stroke. He has decided where the light is coming from ahead of time so he can lay the colors on the canvas accordingly.
  • Notice how much Bill is moving his brush and how hard he is pressing the paint into the canvas. He wants to leave a lot of paint and because he is creating a background, he wants the paint to go deep into the canvas. This helps him later when he adds the next layer of paint.
  • Once he has the colors where he wants them, he uses his knife to add texture. He wants the background to look like he “struggled” when he really didn’t at all.
  • Notice how Bill is holding the knife. We slowed it down a bit for you because Bill had such a short time to paint, he had to move quickly.
  • Bill did not paint this fast in his own studio.

Stay tuned next week to see what Bill does next to his painting.

Rural Lifestyle & Entertainment Shows
Dailey & Vincent are BACK ON RFD-TV for another great season, brought to you by Gus Arrendale & Springer Mountain Farms. Join them as they welcome scores of fabulous bluegrass, country, and gospel music acts as special guests!
Join popular polka performer Mollie Busta as she hosts the weekly “Mollie B Polka Party” on RFD-TV! The one-hour program features the nation’s top polka bands and a wide variety of ethnic styles produced on location at music festivals from around the country.
Starring award-winning artist Perley Curtis, anyone who enjoys the classic sound of real Country music will love “Perley’s Place.” Filmed live at the iconic Nashville Palace, near Opryland in Nashville, TN, with a live audience, it’s one classic County hit after another.
The affable and unassuming international singing star Daniel O’Donnell is one of Ireland’s best known performers – from Australia to Alaska.
“The Marty Stuart Show” is a must-see during RFD-TV’s Saturday Night Music Row. Each exciting episode features Mr. Stuart and his band “The Fabulous Superlatives.” Episodes also feature his wife — “Country Queen,” Ms. Connie Smith—who has helped make the show a celebrated success.