The Red Cloth | oil paint | Jeffrey Smith

The Red Cloth

I’m taking a break from the Vessels still life to play around with some alla prima painting.

Alla prima is a method of painting where the image is completed while the paint is still wet.

An alla prima painting is typically started and finished in one painting session.

I have also seen the term applied to  painting done in a direct manner, right on the canvas  with minimal preparation.

Alla prima comes from Italian meaning ‘at once.’  And there is nothing that an artist likes more than being able to describe their work using Italian!

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