Bob Ross and William Alexander

A refugee from World War 2, William/Wilhelm Alexander, a Prussian artist, pioneered the “wet on wet” oil painting method (or his version of it). It was Bill Alexander who first performed on Public Broadcast US television, long before the more famous Bob Ross. It was Alexander who developed the “magic white”, later “liquid white” in Ross’s hands, he who pioneered the use of a trowel-shaped painting knife with one wide and one narrow edge, he who invented “liquid clear”, developed a thick oil paint without which the technique would have been immeasurably more difficult, even he who used the words “happy little trees”, “the almighty knife”, and the catchphrases which Ross later made so famous.  — Read More