I painted this portrait ‘Alla Prima’ in one session of about 4 hours. The hands and a few touch-ups were painted the next day.
As opposed to painting in layers over a long period of time, I like the directness of an alla prima portrait. There is no time to fuss over details before the paint is dry and it takes a great deal of concentration and focus to complete.
To paint this way you have to be able to ‘draw’ the portrait with a brush, so good drawing skills are important.
There will be some imperfections when painting this way, but that also adds character and life to the painting.