Saturday, March 24, 2012

# 64 Bryan - One Hundred Alla Prima Portraits of American Teenagers


(Teenagers are concerned about) "I feel most teenagers are concerned with their career choices due to the impact of the economy on their lives." (What do you think is the most difficult decision facing teens today) "The decision to drink or smoke or take anything...or not to.  the influence of drugs and alcohol is as an all time high."

This is painted on a cotton canvas, and while it doesn't look quite as nice as linen for a finished painting, I really enjoyed the dryness and the way the paint gripped. It was easy to show the plane transitions clearly.  Linen can be  slippery for alla prima work.  sometimes it just needs a second pass after the first pass dries. I have gotten arouond this most of the time by using lead white in the "tone" color. If you have followed this blog from the beginning, I know what you are thinking... 


  1. Like the angle and the contrast of the neck shadows w. the background.

  2. Incredible shadows and skin tones! Love this one...