|A Day Off With Sharon Wright|
Sharon Wright and I Skype. When we spoke last night, she was kind enough to mug for the camera and I took three shots of her. I spent today attempting Sharon alla prima. She was a great break from color charts and provoked an epiphany. I will live well past a hundred. I need the time to get this painting thing right.
Alla prima is both a wet into wet painting technique and a style of painting. It is the most difficult of the styles calling for a keen, articulate brushwork, brush work I haven't mastered. This was painted wet into wet using just four colors, three of which I have charted--Ultramarine, Terra Rosa and Viridian. Cobalt mixed with Alzarine, three steps down on the Cobalt chart was used for her shirt.
While I have a good sense of mixing from charting, I need as much practice as I can get developing the lively brushwork that characterizes the Alla Prima style. Today's effort, thanks to Sharon's mugging that excited me enough to put the charts aside, was a delight, if not a disaster. Sharon's face and nose are too long--not in life, not in the photograph, but on this canvas. I did get her fabulous cheekbones though. Sharon hasn't seen the last of me.
"Bue larger compositions must mature gradually, and for a drawing with, let's say, 3 seamstresses, one might have to draw 90 seamstresses. Voilaacute; l'affaire."
Vincent Van Gogh from The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh, Penquin Books Ltd.