Class Notes – Oils 5/18/2009

still life study, oil on canvas, 12x18

still life study, oil on canvas, 12x18

Concepts presented:

  • alla prima vs. painting in layers
  • in alla prima, place colors next to each other as opposed to layering one on top of the other
  • keep colors clean, blend at edges
  • make each brush stroke count, extraneous brushwork is distracting and contributes to causing mud
  • be sure to establish dark values first
  • use acrylic for underpainting value study because it will dry quickly and not mix with subsequent color layer
  • learn to work quickly, capture the subject spontaneously and with expression
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