Today at Alexander Art, we’re starting our painting project for June — Craggy Pass.
We want to show you how we break down Bill’s videos. We realized when we began to analyze Bill’s videos that a lot was going on. He did not have time to explain in twenty-eight minutes everything he did. That’s why we started to break down his videos into consumable steps. As you’ll see if Bill stopped to explain everything he was doing, the video would run three or four times as long.
Here’s the thing…
You can watch Bill and parrot his movements. You’ll create an acceptable painting in almost no time.
But…if you want to take your art to the next level…you have to understand the principles behind his techniques. If all you do is copy Bill, you are going to get “stuck” in your development as an artist. You’ll end up painting the same old stuff over and over and over again.
If you want to move beyond copy-cat to master artist, you have to understand the principles of great art. Bill used these principles during his show.
Over the next fourteen days, we’ll break down one of Bill’s paintings. We’ll show you, step-by-step, what he is doing. As Bill said in many of his videos, “I am not creating a ‘finished painting.’ I am teaching you techniques.”
A lot of folks miss that point.
The point of Bill’s videos was not to teach you to paint a particular image. What Bill hoped you’d do is take the techniques he was teaching and put your own “twist” on the painting.
You will not progress as an artist until you can create original paintings. With the techniques Bill teaches, you’ll be able to do that.
“Craggy Pass” is an excellent video. In it, Bill teaches the more esoteric elements of painting. We find a lot of people leave these principles out of their paintings. He’s explaining perspective, but he’s teaching how to create perspective with color.
Often you’ll hear Bill mention “melody, harmony, and rhythm” in his videos. In this painting, he’ll show you how to do it.
Bill starts off the video by giving you an overview of how he prepares himself to paint. This is as important as anything he will do in the next twenty-eight minutes. To paint right, you have to start right, and Bill shows you how to do it.
We’ll leave this painting on the website until the last lesson. Then we’re going to move it to a special member area of our site. Our goal is to take every one of Bill’s videos and deconstruct it so you can learn how Bill painted. This process is how we’ve segmented Bill’s videos in our self-study art courses.
As a member of Alexander Art, you get access to our entire video library of over four hundred videos. You get access to our “Fundamentals” Art Course. Our “Building Essential Series” Art Courses start where “Fundamentals” leaves off. You get access to the three parts of that series. You’ll go from beginning painter to advanced artist. As a member, you also get access to our “Yellow, Red, and Blue” Color Course. Bill teaches you the basics of color mixing. You can learn more about membership at this link.
Don’t forget, we’ll pick the top five paintings and the artists will get one of Bill’s rare Golden Palette Knives. So let’s get painting!