Monday, December 5, 2011

#37 Allison - One Hundred Alla Prima Portraits of American Teenagers

"Teenagers are most concerned about doing well in school, because grades are important to get into a good college... Advice I would give to other teens would be to keep doing well in school, and to follow your dreams and to never loose hope."

This canvas was lovely to work on, its Frederic's Acrylic Primed Portrait linen, with a thin tone of Rublev Lead White (Natural Pigments), diluted with turps and a little stand oil. I tinted white mixture with Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue (visible in the upper right hand corner).  What I realized is that the tone is as important as the canvas!  I originally didn't like this canvas, it felt too "mechanical", but by adding the lead white tone to the surface, it accepted the paint much better, especially for an Alla Prima painting done in one session.  Linen is often slippery to begin with, and the first coat really doesn't cover well.  This can be problematic when doing a painting in one session.  The lead white modifies the surface and creates a semi-absorbent ground to work on, which is easier to cover right from the beginning.  **Caution** - Lead white is hazardous, follow the safety precautions carefully!

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