“Summer nude” female figure en plein air painting

summer female nude
Here’s another oil sketch on paper, I prepared the surface with a thicker layer of imprimatura so it doesn’t absorb the oil so fast and delay the drying process, this is essential for alla prima painters like me as all the brushstrokes have to be ‘live’ and mesh with the rest of the image at that particular session, it makes the process more cohesive and spontaneous.
I wasn’t holding back on color, all the color choices and mixes were placed consciously, in this instance most of the background was laid down first, then the figure, this way I can relate the strong yellows and greens to the skin tones.

approximately 6 x 8 inches oil on paper

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