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)

6 comments:

L.W.Roth, said...

Good for you Mick! I bought three lemons with the same idea, but they turned black in the fridge; I never did get a chance for an alla prima day. I think starting simple is the key. Three were two too many. I like what you've done. You inspire me to follow through.

Ray Maclachlan said...

Nice one Mick, simple subject well executed. Trust you are well.

Mick Carney said...

Linda - Go out and buy another three and give them your unique treatment. Thanks for the interest.

Mick Carney said...

Ray - I'm in good form and getting back to a bit more painting so expect to see some of my latest daubs in the near future.

Yvonne Harry said...

A lovely little study, Mick. I think your oil paintings have a lot of charm. And I am sure your sister will be delighted with the Venice painting.

Mick Carney said...

Thanks a lot Yvonne.