Trying something different for a change, I am doing smaller quicker paintings using the alla prima method (see definition below). Much of my inspiration comes from nature--I stare in wonder at my garden in the evening, and it’s extremely peaceful and relaxing. I grow many varieties of roses and they have always been a great source of pleasure. My love for trees is a main focus. I use my personal photos as a base for my work.
I have been having lots of messy fun using a Gelli plate to create mono prints that I use as a base for my collage. Along with experimenting with the tricks and sometimes tortures of image transfer, I have also been mixing it up and having more fun using different materials. This new process has led me to talking more with other artists about technique and practice. I have learned a hell of a lot!
Alla Prima Definition: Wet-on-wet, or alla prima (Italian, meaning at first attempt ), is a painting technique, used mostly in oil painting, in which layers of wet paint are applied to previously administered layers of wet paint. This technique requires a fast way of working, because the work has to be finished before the first layers have dried. It may also be referred to as direct painting or the French term au premier coup (at first stroke).
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