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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 281 ART 101

Alla Prima Painting

MINIMAL PLANNING, MAXIMUM RESULTS

 

When oil first came onto the art scene, the process of painting involved several carefully planned sessions. As you’ve learned, artists began with an underpainting (page 258) and built up glazes of paint, letting the layers set and partially dry before applying the next. This was traditionally the only way to use oil paints until the beginning of the 17th century, when a few artists branched off and took the medium in a new and fresh direction. Translated from Italian to mean “at once” or “at the first,” alla prima refers to the act of finishing a work of art in one ...

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