Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Painting Alla Prima
This one was a real challenge for me, and I unfortunately ran out of time while I was painting it, as I had to meet friends. This was my second try to paint this gold plate, and I was happy with the results this time. I can't remember what else I had in the set-up with this plate the first time I tried to paint it, but it was an absolute disaster. I was much happier with how the plate came out in this one.
I definitely see things I would change throughout this painting if I could, but I never touch the small paintings again once I pull them off the easel and clean up. Somehow, changing them doesn't feel right. It's almost like they are not mine to work on any longer. I think because I'm in such a state of concentrated consciousness when I am painting, each color mixture flows from the next. Now, they don't always flow as I wish they would flow, but at least while I'm in the throes of the painting, I have an idea of where each mixture that worked and where each mixture that didn't work came from. I don't feel I could jump back into the same state later. I feel I should start a new painting of the same object and try again.
(For those non-artists in the group, creating a painting in one sitting only is called Alla Prima)