Flowers Alla Prima

Flower study, oil alla prima from life, 8x8 in.

This is one of my demos from last week’s classes. Around this time of year, I always like to take advantage of the availability of fresh flowers. Flowers are great for creating loose, semi-abstract compositions that are full of spontaneity and movement. I’ve used a limited palette on this of cobalt, king’s blue, alizarin, yellow ochre, cad red, cad yellow, burnt umber and titanium white. The key to keeping these fresh looking is to remember to place color next to color rather than over blending. Edges can overlap and become soft, but resist the urge to blend too much. This will help to avoid mud and keep the colors pure and the brushwork visible.

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2 Responses to Flowers Alla Prima

  1. That’s lovely. I like the tight cropping and clear colour definition. Glad I found your site.
    Cheers, Erin

  2. kullaf says:

    thank you Erin!

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