Contemporary Realism ~ Alla Prima Paintings ~
Alla prima is a direct, expressive painting process, completed in one session, wet-on-wet.
Ah! This one has such lovely subtle colors in the shadows (how do you do that?!) that form the structure of the features, such as the nose, mouth and eyes. And the reflected light on her neck is superb. I love the detail of the earring...just stunning!
Thanks, Amy. The shadow colors are the hardest, at least for me, to see. I usually try to get the colors in the light masses first, and see if there is one color I feel really sure of. I will use this to "key" off of, or to relate the other colors to. When I first start a color mass in the shadows, I scan my eyes back and forth between the light mass and the shadow mass and ask myself, what color is the shadow mass in relation to the light mass? I try to think about what direction the color is going, rather that what it is. Not naming it also seems to be helpful in letting go of limitations of seeing a difficult color. After the initial statement of the shadow color, I break it up into smaller color shapes.
I'm so impressed with your portrait work, Natalie! I especially love "Vanessa #39. Beautifully painted. The shadow work is perfect. Your blog is very informative as well.I do portrait work with pastels and hopefully someday will try with oils! I look forward to your next piece.