Friday, May 15, 2009

Jake, and a recommended alla prima book


Here's one from art school last year. It was a quick portrait and light study. Ever since then, I've hoped for the opportunity to paint a model with dreadlocks. It still hasn't happened.  

As a matter of fact, my instructor has indefinitely stopped teaching the alla prima portrait class I was in; those of you who've been following along may have been wondering why you haven't been seeing any from me lately. Moreover, thus far I've been unable to find any open model sessions in my area that do a long pose (and only a single one that even does short pose). So, no more portraiture from me!...at least until something changes.

Unrelatedly, I wanted to share a great painting book I just discovered: it's called Alla Prima by Al Gury. Wonderful, inspiring painting reproductions from various artists including the author, good advice, a few step-by-steps. I'd say it's written at approximately intermediate level (e.g., a raw beginner likely wouldn't understand the jargon about value, saturation/chroma, cool vs. warm colors, etc.). I just borrowed a copy from the library but it's something I'd like to own.


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5 comments:

rahina qh said...

Hey Jala, thanks for the book recommendation, perhaps it is what I need so I'll check it out. And beautiful portrait, it's got that magical Jala 'air' about it!

Jala Pfaff said...

Thanks, Rahina, and I love that you're coming by frequently to comment. I look forward to your visits! The book is marvelous. You'll really love it. And I must buy one when my library copy comes due...

L.Holm said...

Darn, sorry to hear there's a hiatus in your portrait studies. Your portraits are so strong. Wish I could magically transport you here and back for local portrait sessions. Thanks for the tip on Gury.

Laurel Daniel said...

I, too, am sorry to hear we won't be seeing any "alla prima night" paintings for awhile! You are soo good - I hope you will find a way to continue. Thanks for the book recommendation.

Maggie Latham said...

Hi Jala, Yes this is wonderfully 'Magical". thanks for the info on the book....must check it out.
Maggie