Alla Prima, My New Obsession

Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, all used it in the creation of their fabulous art-

Girl-Arranging-Her-Hair-2
www.marycassatt.org
Home-Fields
www.johnsingersargent.org
Maria-the-beautiful
www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org

Alla Prima is a style of painting where the entire surface is worked wet into wet.

Artist Richard Schmid even wrote a book about it  Alla Prima; Everything I know about Painting, which has a wealth of  advise and information for every artist .

Pushing wet paint around, the brush gliding over the canvas, long strokes that intermingle, that’s the beauty of direct painting. After working with this direct approach for a month on the 30/30 challenge, there’s no going back to the way I worked before.

In the past it was so frustrating to approach a painting on the 4th or 5th day only to find the paint in a worse than dry state… that gummy in between stage, where I felt like I was wading through mud with rubber boots on.  Yes, it’s time for a change.

Some of the most successfully completed work I’ve done were fast and fresh, like this image I did of my husband John-johnLR

In the next post; all about my painting process make-over….

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Alla Prima, My New Obsession”

  1. Thank you for sharing. This painting brings me childhood memories of my granddad in his working room in the basement. It’s lovely and I’ll be looking forward to your next post./ Heidi

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