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Mastering Alla Prima Painting Plein Air

  • David Lussier Studio, Salmon Falls Mills 1 Front Street Rollinsford, NH, 03869 United States (map)

I will be supplying all the paint and painting panels needed for this two day workshop.

Learn invaluable tools and how to tackle Alla Prima painting with confidence. The term Alla Prima means 'At One Go'. In his remarkable treatise 'In Praise Of Painterly Painters', the late artist, author and teacher, Charles Movalli wrote; painterly painters are surrounded by seeming contradictions. They finish by not finishing, include by leaving out, paint more by painting less. Their means are easy to see, the results, immediately felt. But how such seemingly insufficient means lead to these results is a mystery. 

In this two-day plein air workshop, we will paint along the coastline of southern Maine. Let us take the mystery out of this method of plein air painting . Economy of stroke is within every painters grasp if they are willing to approach the painting process with a 'Less Is More' mind set. More than half the battle is a willingness to load the brush with enough paint and make each stroke count for something. Over the weekend, we will strive for this. 

On day one, I will show you how to simplify the painting process by using only three colors and white. This triad of colors is not your typical palette of red, yellow and blue, but one that I've utilized in the field with great success. On day two I will introduce you to another triad of three colors that is very effective at capturing bright sunlight. Over the course of the weekend, using the paint and panels that I supply you with, we will explore Alla Prima techniques in depth with regards to paint handling, color and value choices and how to specifically utilize both brushes and a palette knife to infuse our paintings with an immediacy and vibrancy that catches the viewers eye and holds their attention. 

To read 'In Praise Of Painterly Painters' by Charles Movalli in its entirety, CLICK HERE.

For some thoughts about Alla Prima painting, CLICK HERE.

This class is appropriate for intermediate through advanced levels. 

Location: The Southern Maine Coastline. Inclement weather location: 1 Front Street, Salmon Falls Mills, Suite 467 Upper Mill, Rollinsford, NH

Time: 9:00 - 4:00 each day

Cost: $300  Class  size is limited to 12 students. To register send a check for the full amount to:

David Lussier, 80 Olde Mill Rd. Apt 10, Somersworth, NH 03878

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