Thursday 24 July 2014

A small piece of Card

I decided that I need to go back and learn how to paint better. So I am going to try different techniques on small scale studies. This is 18cm square on board and is my attempt to paint Alla Prima.

Alla Prima is a style of painting where, instead of building colors up with layers of glaze over an underpainting, the painting is completed while the paint is still wet. Strictly defined, an alla prima painting would be started and finished in one painting session, but the term is also more loosely applied to any painting done in a direct, expressive style, with minimal preparation.
It didn't quite work as it took a couple of days to paint and the hot weather caused the surface to dry too quickly. I'll keep trying though until I feel it works better.
The model is Katy Card hence the wonderfully funny title.