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Alex Schaefer Prints Now Available At Saatchi Art

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 21:20:00 +0000

It's been a long time coming, but Alex Schaefer is now offering prints at a variety of prices through the Saatchi Art website. New paintings added each week! Click to see what's available and what's new!


PAINT! with Alex episode 4: Local Color

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 01:35:00 +0000

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This episode is titled "Local Color and the Evolution of Form"

A lot of painters have heard the term "local color" but don't really know what it is! Watch this episode and learn. Your understanding of this concept is crucial to comprehending later on how the illusion of light is created with paint. Local color is fixed and constant, if you were to mix a pile of paint that was the "local color" of something, you would have mixed the color of the thing itself

PAINT! with Alex Episode 3: Monochrome Master Copy

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 23:41:00 +0000

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Episode 3: Monochrome Master Copy
     This show starts off with a PRO TIP how to reduce-recycle-reuse your solvent; save money and be good to the environment!
    We also bring up the reasoning behind and how to "square-up" an image and canvas in order to use that technique to transfer the placement of the composition.
     Then like episode 2 we are working again in MONOCHROME and we start with our darkest dark BLACK (mix 70-30 burnt umber - ultramarine blue) and WHITE and between them we mix MIDDLE GRAY! expanding on our value scale we also mix another HALFTONE between White and Middle Grey and another one between Middle Grey and Black.
     With squaring up and five "notes" of grey on our palette we are ready to tackle blocking in our copy of renowned painting Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze

PAINT! with Alex: Magic Middle - the First Halftone

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:17:00 +0000

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(image) Episode 2: Magic Middle: the First Halftone

This episode we start with Black (mix 50-50 burnt umber - ultramarine blue) and White and between them we mix MIDDLE GRAY! It's visually HALF WAY between white and black and so it is the first HALFTONE. It might not seem exciting because it doesn't say anything smart sounding or fancy, but we will learn more and more that this simple "value" on the scale of the "notes of the painter" gradating from white to black, is a fundamental, primal force for creating visual impact; easily as important as the concept of OVERLAP from episode 1.

Once we find that middle gray value I ask viewers watching to start an "eye keyboard" of their own and painting an 8" stripe of that middle gray mixture down the middle of a 14 by 18 inch canvas panel, then to the right and left of that paint straight white and straight black.

Then we take those piles of paint on our palette, white, middle gray and black, and whip out a cute Cat in the Window picture with a simple solid design easy enough for anyone to have fun with!

The Supplies To Get Started Learning To PAINT with Alex!

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 05:12:00 +0000

A viewer requested a "supplies list" that someone wanting to learn to paint needs to get started. It's not too much stuff and you can find it all online. I don't endorse any particular brand or online store at this time but I'll post links to specific supplies from Jerry's Art-o-Rama so you can get an idea what you are looking for... there are plenty of places to buy art supplies online so look for the best dealOIL COLORS (to paint with)Just three colors is all you need to start with: Titanium White, Burnt Umber, and Ultramarine Blue (to mix paint with)A few different sizes of FLAT brushes is all you need: #2, #4, #6, and #8. Brushes also come in BRIGHT, ROUND, FILBERT, etc but for the beginning , FLAT is fine KNIFEA simple "trowel" style is all you need to start with (to mix paint on)I recommend a GRAY PAPER PALETTE, 40 sheets of coated disposable paper for painting (Along with the paper palette, you can get an airtight box that is made to fit the 12 by 16 pads to keep and transport your palette with less mess: For oil paint you just need to blue box)BRUSH WASHER (to wash brushes with)the small metal type is the best (the liquid that cleans brushes)I recommend GAMSOL, by the Gamblin Brand of paint supplies. This goes in the Brush Washer (makes paint dry faster)Look for an oil painting medium that speeds drying and contains "alkyd" pictured)EASELThis is up to your taste. there are kinds for standing, kinds for sitting, big ones, little ones, indoor ones, outdoor ones.  You can find them for sale used all over the place. Lots of art easels on Craigslist. I recommend a simple "A-frame" type easel for standing or table top, or a portable "French" easel which can be both or CANVAS PANELSinexpensive is ok, especially to start with, and 16 by 20 is a good size, or smaller[...]

PAINT! with Alex - Free Art School

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 23:44:00 +0000

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Life and times of Alex Schaefer from 2009 to 2013

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:30:00 +0000

Originally published 2014 I'm taking over an old post so I can add a "recap" post that I can link to so folks get a timeline of my more "political" work: I never intended to be a political artist. I like plein air landscape painting and nudes and cityscapes. I always say that in an ideal world there would be no political art because we would have good government and peace, but we are so far from that. Starting in 2003, reading alternative news sources online, I started to see a different future than the one being painted in mainstream media outlets; there were reporters out there who were predicting the economic state we are in but they were called "fringe" news and conspiracy crackpots by the mainstream news readers we were supposed to be carefully listening to. Everything that has happened was already spelled out in articles and analysis I was reading years before. The subject of this global crashing economy I find compelling and I feel outraged and shocked; as an artist this eventually comes out into the world. The earliest political statement I could see was in 2004 I started a series of paintings of tract homes that were springing up along the freeways and coming over the tops of hills. I don't have any links on my blog because I started that in 2006, but I did find a couple recently that were unfinished and I've painted foreclosure signs on their lawns: and you can see some of them here: In 2009 an obvious political turn came in my work with a drawing of a parody ad for Chase Bank with a group of kids at the beach drinking Cabernet Beer Bongs I started making drawings of money: I made a wood block print of a dollar bill: 2010 I started a series of "fuck the 80's paintings: Then the gulf oil spill happened At the end of 2010 I painted my first riot scene: In 2011 I started the first of a burning building series for a show at the Hive, this is a painting of the B of A building downtown: In July of 2011 I made my first protest video at the Federal Reserve building: Later that month I made my first plein air burning bank The second one I did got me the visit from the cops on the street and then detectives at my house 3 weeks later and the rest is art history, I've been a 'terrorist' ever since: I was on the Keiser Report over the painting on "The Art of Burning Banks": September 17th was the day Occupy New York broke out and in LA it was called the Day of Rage so I went out that day to paint the Federal Reserve burning: October 1st Occupy LA broke out: http://alexandersch[...]

A Banquet Without Consequences

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:12:00 +0000

A tip of my hat to two painters I love: Paolo Veronese and Jack Levine. It's a new piece I'm working on, staying monochrome at the moment. I plan to put more portraits of financial Luminaries (read: terrorists) right now the only one getting there is the fellow with the ukulele being Warren Buffett. acrylic on canvas 48 by 44 inches

Washington Crossing The Delaware

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 03:32:00 +0000

An animated GIF of a few different paintings I've done of Washington Crossing the Delaware. It's going to be a bumpy ride folks... it always is

Strange Days. Time To Start Painting Those Scary Colors

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:09:00 +0000


And do all those things I've been scared off from. Darkness. Yellow. Orange. Red... Fading to blackness. Here's a new. Painting in some state to give to give you a state of my mind.

Painting in Philadelphia

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 19:17:00 +0000

I got time to paint four paintings when I was in Philly... The weather was wet and humid and Big Bernie was not holding up in the dampness (and neither was I ahahahaha) I'm glad I brought my art supplies along

City Hall - Philadelphia - DNC2016

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:12:00 +0000


This photo sums it up pretty well for me here in Philadelphia ... this is America

A Good Day In Philly!

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 02:48:00 +0000



Got a lot done today. Up early and headed for Independence Hall to start my big painting of that spot... then I walked up to the Barnes Foundation to check out the amazing collection of art there! Wow inspiring. Then I went to Firth and Wilson Transport Cycles ( and picked up the Box of Bernie I shipped there earlier in the week. Next I headed to Old City District to paint another painting... whew! Stopped just in time to avoid a burst of rain and get something to eat. Long day, ready for sleep to take on Tomorrow!

Safe and sound in Philadelphia!

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 03:40:00 +0000


I made it, my luggage made it and Big Bernie made it!! Going to get a good night sleep and an early start on the day!! Stay tuned I'll keep posting

En Route to Philadelphia!

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:47:00 +0000



A few pics from LAX to keep posted... sending this blog update from my phone! 

Get Some Color Happening On This American Revolution!

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:44:00 +0000

My apologies to George Washington and Leutze et al... So after the monochrome underpainting dries the next step in an indirect painting process, and the first move into color is with glazes, that is transparent color applied to the painting. Think of it like how people used to apply washes of color to black and white or sepia toned photos and they just almost look like a color photo... like that but on your painting... colorize it! At this stage on the painting it's ok to keep the drawing a mess and concern yourself primarily with large simple areas of color that express the lights and darks of the design.

BIG BERNIE stuffed into my Little Suitcase heading to Philadelphia

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:08:00 +0000

(image) The fundraiser was a major success and I think bodes well for the entire trip! All the painting perks got snapped up so it exceeded my expectations and tell me to do more in the future!  I can't wait to visit Philly, it's going to be a whirlwind of politics and painting and protest and it's the first time ever for me! Run Big Bernie up the Rocky Steps at the Museum of Art. Check out the Barnes Foundation! Paint Independence Hall plein air! Eat some cheesesteak sandwiches! Mob around the Democratic Convention and all over the City of Brotherly Love! I plan to post lots of photos on as many platforms as I can so look for me on Instagram and Facebook and Twitter and of course this blog!

Can We Pull Together A Nationwide Action Like This?

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 20:35:00 +0000

Here's an idea for a nationwide protest and act of civil disobedience: If there comes to be another round of Quantitative Easing aka free $Trillion$ to "bailout" the financial sector from crashing, then all Americans should stop paying their credit cards. Simple. It's not a tax protest. It's credit cards. Financial Criminals got all that money for nothing they can just forget about the $10K you "owe" them or whatever. In fact if there comes to be another round of Q E everyone should also mail a letter or send an email telling the creditor what's happening. Maybe enclose it in the monthly statement envelope. "Dear Sir or Madam- Since the US Government gives you free money forever and the US Justice Department will not prosecute you for a single financial crime and because you are Too Big To Fail then you don't need any of my measly few couple thousand so bug off you'll never get another cent from me. sincerely the People" How long have the big "primary lender"/ too big to fail financial institutions been getting the sweet Q E? well they shouldn't get another dime from you or me.  There is a funny article here that might get you good and mad: references this serious analysis here: a thought I had. Of course it would have to happen en masse, everyone at once. Make it a sensation across the nation! A spectacle that cannot be ignored. And a great way for ALL Americans to Come Together again united against injustice. Seriously, screw the credit card creditors they are a sham. Makes me think of that Henry Ford quote:"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning."[...]

#BigBernie All Boxed Up And Off To The #DNC2016 #PhiladelphiaFreedom

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 02:29:00 +0000

(image) Who would have thought a 15 foot tall Bernie Sanders character would fold up so small!! Magic. I'll catch up with you when I get to Philadelphia! Bob Voyage!

Here is the link to the fundraiser for the trip:  ALERT! There is still one perk available! For $300 + Shipping you got yourself an 8 by 10 plein air painting, a cityscape made on the spot during the trip in Philadelphia! You're getting some art. If you know my work you know what to expect, here's a link to give you an idea: ... you will also receive a Bankers Behind Bars t-shirt from Homay Tees ... plus I'll probably send ya a postcard!

some life drawing in Chinatown, Los Angeles

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 18:56:00 +0000

These are some 5 and 10 and 15 minute drawings from a workshop in "Old Chinatown".. a little graphic design studio on Jung Jing Road organized by Jennifer Fabos at


American Revolution: it's starts in Black and White

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:30:00 +0000

This is the first stage of my master copy of the famous painting Washington Crossing the Delaware ... It's my condensed approximation of the "High Venetian" style as practiced by painters like Bassano and Veronese and the like before it moved on to France in late 17th and 18th century ... So this is step one ... acrylic on canvas. On my palette is a pile of white, a pile of mixed brown-black color, and in between is a pile of middle grey tint of the two ... with that ready then I go at it aiming to lay down the simple essence of the design knowing that I'll get the nuance in a later stage

Washington Crossing the Delaware, oil on canvas, 24 by 36 Alex Schaefer

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 07:23:00 +0000

(image) I will be making a new copy of this American classic tomorrow as a means of instruction for painting students. stage one: monochrone acrylic  I'll be bringing a blank canvas and an ample quantity of white, black, and a middle grey tint mixed of the two. I chopped out a slap dash wacked out brushy glazey mess of this before, it's time for another. Is this the original #Brexit? ahahhahahaha!


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Wed, 13 Apr 2016 07:10:00 +0000

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