Sunday, March 06, 2011

Alla Prima Painting

"Misty Eucalyptus Trees"
12" X 16" Oil on Canvas
This painting was done alla prima tonight in about 2 hours. I wasn't really racing to finish it or paint alla prima to begin just turned out to be an alla prima painting in a couple of hours which is always nice. I did this one more as a study than anything since I wanted to try out some different background color mixes for the sky. I made this sky with a mix of white, cerulean blue and a dab of cad yellow light added to that blue mix in the lower part of the sky. I wanted a greenish look to it because I wanted to paint the background trees with a slightly darker mix of that lower sky color. This always gives the painting a nice hazy, almost foggy look in the distance. I wish the green showed better here, it's a subtle mix as it rises into the cerulean upper sky and looks pretty cool when you're standing in front of it. Cerulean blue and cad yellow gives a really nice pale green but it requires very little cad yellow since that color is so intense.


cbmosaics said...

Your trees are always so alive, Ron, I love that. And there is such a nice atmosphere in this painting. Two hours, wow. But what is alla prima?

I'd love to get up to LO on the 19th - hoping to get the family motivated! But if I don't see you, have a great time!

Ron Guthrie said...

Hi Christine, Hope you had fun in Texas. "Alla Prima" means to paint a painting in one sitting...start to finish. Hope you guys can make it up to LO...should be fun. Thanks for the comments Christine.

Jazz`Qual Gede said...

wow!! wow!!

What a great art!!!

LOVE it so much...

really hope that I get such of that skill...


I need your comment on my photo (if you dont mind, Sir):