Being mainly a plein air painter I tend to work Alla Prima – in one go. But to hone your craft you have to study, whether it be the work of past masters or present stars of the painting world.
This process to me also means working the same subject in different media, working from light to dark in Watercolour and backwards from dark to light in oil and acrylic.
But sometimes I could kick myself – I’ll “save money” and complete a practice painting on an inferior support, this practise then turns out well and I can’t sell it on because the surface isn’t up to standard.
This happened recently I was demonstrating acrylics to my regular class the subject was boats and we used a photograph I had taken in Honfleur in October 2015 as our source.
I was really happy with the acrylic painting, it was loose, moody and I liked the brush strokes.
But I loved the subject and have today completed an oil of the same subject on canvas, it has a very different feel and I was really happy to revisit the subject.
The feel of the oil painting is softer, truer to the light of the early morning. We were having breakfast on the port before most people were around, the weekly market was setting up in the distance
Comparing the two I am so glad I went back and completed in a different media, I didn’t refer to the original when working with the oils and can’t quite believe the difference in the two paintings.
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