This project is based on the ‘alla prima’ method which means that the painting is completed all at once – in a single sitting before the paint dries.
Following on from the first part, here are a few suggestion for carrying on your painting:
- Once you have sketched in all the major shadow shapes, you will need to roughly block in all the major colours.
- Don’t get bogged down in detail during this stage, just aim for a solid general impression.
- Use fairly big brushes, and stiffer brushes for applying thicker paint.
- Paint the shadows and lights separately.
- Paint the shadows thinly and apply lighter colours more thickly (impastoed).
- Look for cool and warm shifts, as this will add interest to your painting.
- Once you have reached a point where you have matched to general colours and values, you can begin stage 3 where you will be refining the detail.
- You can work in either oils or acrylics, using your preferred colours.
- You can work on any type of surface; panel, paper, canvas etc. ideally prepared with a brown or grey-brown tone but you can work over white.
- I recommend limiting the number of brushes to 2-4 of varying sizes and cleaning them when necessary.
- You will need a medium to thin your paint (mineral spirits for oils or water for acrylics).