Calzephyr (calzephyr77) wrote in 1word1day,

Wednesday Word: Alla prima

Alla prima - noun.

If you want to sound sophisticated at an artsy gathering, you may want to brush up on (no pun intended) alla prima works such as Rembrandt's Portrait of Jan Six, which was painted with this technique. Italian for "first attempt", alla prima is a wet on wet painting technique where additional paint is applied over the previous layers of wet paint.

One needs to be quick as previous layers can dry before the painting is finished.

Bonus trivia: did you know Bob Ross used alla prima? His shows were filmed without editing, so what you saw in half in hour was actually what happened in half an hour! I admire his speed and confidence!
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