Saturday, 29 November 2014

Alla Prima Exercise

With just a little painting time this week I thought I'd attempt a small alla prima piece and chose a subject that was fairly straightforward a bit of fruit. At this point I should point out that the picture is very much based on the work of Julian Merrow-Smith who produces a lot of alla prima work, I believe he makes a work every day as well as his more considered work. Well worth looking up if you are interested in still life, in particular.

I'm also getting used to working on gesso board which is a new support for me. The main difference I'm finding is the speed of absorption and the necessity to use thicker paint. This, I think, makes it a suitable medium for alla prima work. 

Lemon - Oil on gesso board 7" x 5" ( After Merrow-Smith)

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

A Little Venice View for My Sister

One of my lovely sisters turned sixty last week so it seemed a good idea to use my recent Venice trip to provide a little something for her to hang on her newly decorated sitting room. The result is below.

Salute from Riva degli Schiavoni - Oil on Gesso Board