Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Alla Prima

Cello Kids by Brenda acrylic on clayboard
Example of an Alla Prima painting
(Italian, 'at first'), Method of painting directly onto a surface without the use of under painting. (Rolf Toman)

In art school we also used this term for a quick, 'one sitting' or a one-day-painting. This immediate style of painting may be more loose, and candid than a meticulously planned larger painting (we did use rough charcoal sketches if desired!) It is really all in what the artist's intentions are, and each painter is so different. Picasso said, "If you already know what you're going to do (in a painting) then, what's the point of doing it?"

Painting-a-Day Announcement:

My painting-a-day will likely be posted later in the day than the "word" posts.

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