Alla Prima – All at once – wet into wet method. I love the experience of looking at a scary blank page, reaching for a brush, then dipping into my first color, then at that moment you must make a decision – where will that color go!!!
Establish the dark’s then work to light – correction after correction along the way – then refining again and again. What if its not looking right – I mean just a while ago your eyes convinced you it was ok … but its not … well, then you dip into paint once again and paint out areas that need repair and do what the eye now insist you must 🙂
Kind of scary huh? But really its one of the greatest feelings when you take something that at first looks almost alien then as you continue begins to have human form then likeness and beautiful brush strokes.
Alla Prima, often times begins with an established drawing, so your drawing is already in place and this does help a lot. But, to begin not with line but mass and mold that mass into a completed painting is one of the greatest feelings I have experienced while painting. One I would love to master…. and will spend my remaining life working toward I am sure and may never be its master. But, along the way, I hope to make it my close friend.
Here is a study of a beautiful model and friend “Samantha”. When I had her in my studio she was amazing and filled the studio with joy and laughter. I showed this study to Samantha and her response was what inspired the title. She said “It gives me a strong sense of peace and serenity” – I knew right then what the title would be. So without further ado here is Samantha in “Peaceful Serenity” – Study