Bill Alexander Painting Tips: Still Life In Vase pt 4

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

Are You Painting Along With Bill?

Bill continues to show you how to create a beautiful vase with just his palette knife. Notice how careful he is when he touches the canvas? He is strategic with his strokes.

Things to Consider:

  • He is constantly thinking of at least three values. When he wasn’t painting for television he always had more than three but he knew to represent something three dimensional he would need at least three values.
  • He uses Violet in the shadowy area, Permanent Red for the midrange and then yellow for the light area.
  • Bill loved to paint with a palette knife. He mentions that he doesn’t want to smooth out the vase too much because he wants it to be rough so it doesn’t look like it was painted with a brush.
  • Bill is using a thick, dry, oil paint. This is why the colors are so vivid and don’t bleed together when two layers meet.
  • Bill adds paint to his painting with the palette knife like he would frost a cake. He has a very gentle touch which allows the paint to go on the canvas without disturbing the bottom layer of paint.
  • If Bill pressed too hard, it would remove the paint underneath.
  • Adding white to a color brightens it up. He used white to brighten up the highlights and also to brighten up the shadow color.
  • Bill adds the respective colors that are in the vase to the table representing reflections.
  • It is hard to believe that Bill only had 27.5 minutes to complete the whole painting. He doesn’t even seem to be in a hurry!
  • Bill constantly thought of the direction of the light source.
  • He brings harmony to his painting by using complementary colors.


Bill Alexander Painting Tips: Still Life In Vase pt 1

Bill Alexander Painting Tips: Still Life In Vase pt 2

Bill Alexander Painting Tips: Still Life In Vase pt 3

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