|Copper Bowl and The Three Pears, acrylic on 24x24 cradled panel|
Several bloggers mentioned and recommended the book, Alla Prima, by Richard Schmid. I bought it and read it--actually studied it. Sometimes a little knowledge can be dangerous; sometimes ignorance is bliss. I thought I'd whip out a painting from a pear photograph I had taken in my kitchen--I estimated it would be done in a couple of days. I used open acrylics and set up a palette, forgoing my usual ketchup cup/paper plate method. I was actually concerned that the painting might be so easy I'd lose interest. Ha!
That was ten days ago. I spent half a day looking for my copper bowl (it was hiding among other copper bowls) and I've eaten about twelve pears--I needed the real things. I tried palette-knifing the dish towel. It was interesting but did not look like my work; I spent half a day sanding those palette-knife marks. Then there was a cricket-rescue from the utility sink in my studio--a major delay in cleaning brushes. I wouldn't classify this painting as alla prima--more alla Hallie, although I resisted the urge to add a couple of bare feet in the background. I think it's finished.