Still life! Alla Prima Toilet Paper


6X6″ oil on canvas

Alla prima seems like such a fancy term to go along with a roll of toilet paper.  But that’s what we have here.  Alla prima is a painting technique used by artists since the beginning of time.  It means wet on wet painting or “first attempt.”  Usually this type of painting has a loose and fast looking style.

I’ve been wanting to paint still life’s for a while but my most excellent teacher/mentor/friend Geoff Krueger has encouraged me to zero in on my portraits for a while.  Yesterday I rebelled just a little and painted this roll of toilet paper.  It’s not a purple onion or a lemon or lime so I felt like it narrowly skirted the category of still life.

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