Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Sacramento Valley Farm Road
Another 11"X14" acrylic painting on stretched canvas for my two-man show in February. This was painted in a slightly "rougher" style with less blending and softening of edges. The sky was really painted alla prima, something that I rarely do simply, because it is hard and I have the unfortunate tendency to over work my paintings. Alla prima -style painting is all about command over your medium and the sagacity to gladly accept the fresh sketch-like quality you end up with. Actually, the field, road, and puddle are somewhat alla prima - looking as well, even though I put in some extra work into it after my first go-around. Here too, squinting helps you get to to that higher plane of painting... alla prima.