We are glad you are here! We believe that it is totally possible to cut through the noise. Many of our artist friends have done just that. For over 40 years Alexander Art has helped millions of people learn to paint. We understand the struggle that comes with learning something new. We also know the rewards that come with achieving great things and that is why we do what … [Read more...]
3 “Sins” of beginning painters
Too Much Magic White™ Tom says Sin #1 is, "Applying too much Magic White™. It should be very thin." Bill warns us at the beginning of almost all his videos not to apply too much Magic White™ to the canvas. If the Magic White™ layer is too thick, the next layer of paint is going to slide, or worse - create mud. Bill also cautions us that you can't make a thicker … [Read more...]
Light is the most important thing for every artist. Light is always there, in the mountains, in the grass, in the water, out in the open, into the shadow and out of it. As a painter, you have to learn to play with light, to play with colors, and to feel its movement. That’s what makes a complete artist. To see the play of light, to take it inside you, and bring it home to fire … [Read more...]
The last Renaissance Man?
A "polymath" is a person whose expertise spans many domains - or subject areas. Leonardo was a polymath. He lived during the Renaissance, so Leonardo is the quintessential "Renaissance Man." Leonardo's interests spanned a lot of domains. Everyone knows of his paintings. He was a sculptor, an anatomist, a scientist, an engineer, and a producer of stage events. It wasn't … [Read more...]
A master of truth and beauty
You were too big a boy or girl to have mommy leave a light on. There were no "nightlights" plugged into wall outlets back in those days. You heard a creak outside your bedroom door. Your tiny fingers pulled the blanket closer to your chin. You tried to disappear into the sheets -- to shrink to the size of an apple. You listened, barely breathing. There it was … [Read more...]