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Alla prima oil paintings

Updated: Aug 7


Alla prima is an Italian phrase that means ‘at first attempt’. It refers to a wet-on-wet approach whereby wet paint is applied to previous layers of still-wet paint, often in a single sitting.


Alla prima oil paintings usually completed within a single session. This made it popular with the Impressionists, as they were able to more easily capture the fleeting light and color of the environment.


artists commonly uses a layering approach, which involved painting one layer, letting it dry, then painting another layer on top. As you would expect, this is a very time-consuming approach, especially considering the slow drying time of oil paint.


Subject edges in Alla prima oil paintings are soft, blended ones contrasted with those sharply defined. However, being able to control these edges and the way the paint mixes requires preparation of colours and a decisive handling of the material.


Alla prima direct painting technique is perfect for capturing fleeting moments in a spontaneous, fresh and immediate style.


When painting alla prima, there will always be an element of unpredictability, no matter how much control you paint with. It might be the way colors mix on the canvas, edges getting lost....


Whatever the case, don’t let this unpredictable element discourage you. Instead, embrace it because it is what often results in those pleasant surprises in your painting.

Nobody is so skilled that they are able to predict the exact outcome of their strokes.


Expressive Alla Prima "oil painting style"


First cover the canvas with a relatively thin layer of oil paints, start to add colors to build the composition, then add Highlights and tint,

Brushstrokes are remarkable and spontaneous all over the canvas, subject edges are loose,


Development of Expressive Alla Prima style since 2010 till 2022

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