|Hibiscus; 6" x 6"; oil on gallery canvas.|
Alla Prima: Italian meaning all at once.
As defined on About Painting:
Alla prima is a style of painting where, instead of building colors up with layers or glazing 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.As you may have guessed by now, I am mostly an alla prima painter. I've been an alla prima painter all my life. My mom hit it on the head when she called me her little Prima Donna though I couldn't sing a note of La boheme. Little did I know she was saying I was a demanding child. What she didn't get was that I was demanding a little more spontaneity and a lot less parental regimentation. Painting directly on the canvas or paper with no preparation celebrates spontaneity. And there's not enough of it in our lives where "I'll have to check my book and get back to you on that" reigns supreme.
Now the portrait was not done alla prima. I applied the grid system to that when I got to the canvas. Being the novice I am with the medium, I couldn't take a chance. The little portrait of Steve is alla prima as is this little painting of a hibiscus. Alla prima suits Mrs. W's Prima Donna--till the left side of my brain kicks in and whispers, "Perhaps a bit more definition here dear."
BIG ART NEWS: Edvard Munch's The Scream sold for $120,000,000 at Sotheby's. He did four renditions. The one that went for that astronomical amount is the one we all know and love. They didn't say who bought it, but if it was a single guy, I'd ask him to marry me. --If it was a married guy, I'd ask him to marry me. Ellis (Honey) wants to know what about him? He'd like to marry him too.
|Love the painting, The Scream. To me he's not screaming|
he's yelling," Oh no Mr. Bill." But I didn't live through
what Edvard Munch lived through that prompted him to
express his horror in paint.
--Would you believe that none of the watercolorists I met at a workshop had ever been to the museum that hosted Matisse, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Sargent and such! How the hell do they know what art is? I was sitting around with dabblers who were playing in the water! I never went back. that's why I paint watercolor alla prima too.