Churning Inspirations

 A few months ago a student told me about Antoine Vollon's Mound of Butter painting. I think this 19th century French Realist must have been way ahead of the 'painting a day' movement. When you see his work you can't help but appreciate the subtle changes of color, controlled brushwork, and interesting subject matter. Stokes so rich it has got to be painted Alla Prima.

In my speed studies class we work on quick impressions. Each week we focus on new topics to broaden our painting scope and help build brush confidence. This week Vollon would have been proud. Part of the speed studies process as an artist is to paint new subjects, becoming familiar with everything. Food was the topic of conversation today and it included a stick of butter and cracked egg. 

Hmmm... can't believe its....

Stick of Butter - Oil on Canvas - 5x7 - ©2014

Stick of Butter - Oil on Canvas - 5x7 - ©2014

How do your want you eggs?

Cracked Open - Oil on Canvas - 6x8 - ©2014

Cracked Open - Oil on Canvas - 6x8 - ©2014

a few alla prima

Here are a few recent pieces that were painted from life in one sitting. Painting from life is wonderful on many levels. I love the energy, loose brush work, and vivid colors that can be achieved. For more information on these pieces please contact me through my contact page or email me at: vancannonart@gmail.com

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