Alla primas

One of the reasons I’ve enjoyed attending a school studio to learn oil painting is that someone else is setting constraints to push my skills. I’m a really, really slow painter it turns out. My first oil painting (the fox below) probably took me 20 hours, over a number of weeks. I’m happy with the outcome, but it wasn’t helping me progress and try new things to paint this slowly all the time.

So, my constraint for the last month has been having to do an entire painting in one 3-hour studio session, working wet-on-wet (alla prima). Here’s what I produced during this time.

It’s been pretty liberating and I don’t think they turned out too bad. 

Sylvia portrait

I recently finished a painting for a small show at a nearby assisted living facility, featuring portraits of residents and staff.  I don’t usually (ever) do portraits.

I’ve been painting out of the Jean Henry School of Art in San Francisco once or twice a week since last summer, learning oil paints. I’m really enjoying it.