The first section of this street scene was painted once again in an Alla Prima technique. Some artists layer the paint to achieve depth and light. I choose this painting technique because of the instant results (maybe because I'm a little impatient too!) I love the fact that I can go back in an adjust later once it's all blocked in. The one rule I always follow as mentioned before is working dark (transparent) to light (opaque). I'm always careful not to over mix, over blend and over touch once the colour passage is laid in. I think about every brush stroke before laying it in. The motto is "think twice, brushstroke once".
This photo reference is a great one to begin with but the shadows on the street are too dark so I'll paint them last so I can better judge what value is needed in the foreground.
Debbie Milner Lively- AFCA
I've been a professional artist for the past 20 years. I can say the journey has been amazing!