Friday, March 29, 2013


Cassidy is finally dry enough to scan and post!

Windsor and Newton Artisan Water Mixable Oil Color on panel
Cassidy, from a photo, is the first alla prima portrait (in water soluble oil paints) that I attempted after my alla prima class. I never did post the one I did in class, mainly because I forgot, but also because, since it was a 6 hour pose, the subject was reading, her eyes downcast, and the resulting portrait makes her look asleep. Or dead. Or something.

I enjoy the oil painting alla prima method, but I do think that watercolor "quick and dirty" portraits are more my thing. Or maybe "quick and dirty" is my thing. Cassidy came together rather quickly, and the portraits that I've done since then (and are still wet and not scannable) are belabored and ugh. 

Keep watch for more. I'm heading to the farm for a few days of sap boiling, though, so not much painting will be happening.

1 comment:

  1. That's really good for your first alla prima portrait! Skin tones are a big challenge for me but you made this effort look convincing.