Alla prima

New 3-day Workshop in my studio by Michele Del Campo

13-15 November 2015 10-5pm daily

It will be my last workshop of the year. Places are limited and it is now possible to buy tickets. The workshop is in my studio, in The Chocolate Factory, North London (N22 6XJ), and there will be morning demonstrations and afternoon practice for participants. I will demonstrate on the students canvases when it will be useful for a better understanding of the technique and the use of materials. For all the information and to buy your ticket, please  click here.


Video of my painting process by Michele Del Campo

[embed][/embed] ENGLISH: I have made available this quick time-lapse video that focuses on my painting process for the portrait of the redhead girl that appears in my painting "The Sunny Time". This portrait (the head and the hair of the girl) is the work that I did in one session, working "alla prima", while the painting was still wet. The effect is more fresh and spontaneous in comparison with the techniques applied on dry paint, where the painter needs to wait for the layer to dry first and advance at a slower pace. As you can see, I use almost always big brushes, also for the details, while I use a small brush only for the retouches in the hair. This allows me to focus on the painting as a whole instead of losing my attention in the details, as these are then created in the eye of the observer in any case.

ESPAÑOL: He publicado este breve video time-lapse donde se muestra sobre todo el proceso de retrato para la chica pelirroja del cuadro "Tiempos de sol". El retrato lo hice en una sesión, trabajando "alla prima", o sea, mientras la pintura al óleo está mojada, para un efecto más espontáneo y expresivo en comparación con las técnicas de pintura por capas, donde el pintor necesita esperar que la capa de pintura se seque para luego poder avanzar a un paso más lento y gradual. Como verás, utilizo casi siempre pinceles de gran tamaño incluso para los detalles, mientras utilizo un pincel pequeño solamente para los retoques del pelo. Esto me permite focalizar mi atención en el conjunto y no preocuparme demasiado por el detalle, ya que esto lo construye el ojo del observador.

Part 2 of my "Figure Alla Prima" workshop by Michele Del Campo

Last weekend I gave Part 2 of my "Figure Alla Prima" workshop. It was a very enjoyable experience, moreover the participants came all from Part 1 of the same workshop and there was an air of familiarity. Under suggestion of the participants already in Part 1, I began each morning with a demonstration where I would explain in detail every colour mix and every brush stroke. In the afternoons the participants applied the knowledge acquired in the mornings under my supervision and help where needed. It was a big satisfaction for me to see that even painters with a wide experience in traditional methods of application of colour could become so familiar and find so useful my particular approach to colour mixing for maximum purity and vibrancy. _MG_7086

"The Butterfly" and my new workshop by Michele Del Campo

michele del campo the-butterfly ENGLISH: This is a painting that will be exhibited in the AAF Hong Kong art fair in May at the Mark Jason Gallery's stand. If you have been following my blog, you might have seen that I made part of this painting in a workshop demonstration in my studio three weeks ago. Not only I was painting this to explain my technique to painters participating in my workshop, but also they were painting it on their own canvases under my guidance. They have asked me a second part of the workshop to learn more and continue the painting, and the part 2 will be held in April. There will be a new workshop from 15 to 17 May, always in my studio, anyone interested in attending can get more information and buy a ticket here.

ESPAÑOL: Este cuadro estará expuesto en el stand de la Mark Jason Gallery en la feria AAF Hong Kong en mayo. Si has estado siguiendo mi blog, habrás visto fotos de este cuadro en proceso durante uno de mis workshops hace tres semanas. Mis alumnos han seguido mis demonstraciones técnicas y han empezado el mismo cuadro, y, tras el workshop, todos han querido que pusiera una segunda parte del curso, para completarlo bajo mi supervisión. Esta segunda parte será en abril. Quien esté interesado en un nuevo workshop en mi estudio, ya he creado el evento desde el 15 al 17 de mayo, y los billetes se pueden adquirir ya en este enlace.

A great workshop in my studio by Michele Del Campo

_MG_5033-1 Yesterday was the last of my 3-day workshop "Figure Alla Prima" in my London studio. I enjoyed very much the experience and I am so happy that everybody was very enthusiastic with their experience too, in fact all of them are interested in attending future workshops or a part II of this same workshop. The available places were limited to only 5 painters, so they could be working on big canvases and get individual attention, and I had a great group of lovely people, mix of professional and amateur artists. It was a very peculiar workshop because I gave my students the task to do the same painting that I am doing, and they progressed alongside me watching my demonstrations, looking at my painting in progress and listening to my advises. I started every day demonstrating on my canvas, explaining in detail my methods and then letting my students do the same work under my constant guidance, demonstrating on their canvases too when it could be useful for a better understanding. I was very pleased at the end with the results



of each of them. I taught many aspects of my technique, but the highlights of my workshop, according to most of the painters, have been my teaching about colour mixing, colour theory to achieve clean and bright colours, and how to use the brushes to achieve all possible effects with very few touches. My next workshop will be from 15 to 17 May and it's already bookable here.

ESPAÑOL: Ayer fue el último de los 3 días de taller "Figura alla prima" en mi estudio de Londres. Me ha gustado mucho la experiencia y estoy muy contento que todos los participantes estaban contentos también con la suya, tanto que me han convencido a organizar pronto otro taller y quizás también una continuación de este mismo taller, la segunda parte. Los puestos disponibles eran tan solo 5, para que todos pudieran trabajar en lienzos grandes y tener atención individualizada. Ha sido un taller muy peculiar porque di a los participantes la tarea de realizar el mismo cuadro que yo estoy pintando, así que ellos progresaron junto asistiendo a mis demonstraciones cada mañana y repitiendo lo que habían aprendido en sus lienzos, con mis constantes consejos y ayuda teórica y práctica. Enseñé muchos aspectos de mi técnica, y los puntos más atractivos de mi taller, según me han dicho los participantes, han sido la teoría y la mezcla de los colores, y la utilización de los pinceles para conseguir todo tipo de efectos con pocos toques. Mi próximo taller será desde el 17 al 19 de abril y se puede reservar aquí.

I will teach "Figure Alla Prima" Workshop in my studio by Michele Del Campo

march-workshop-del-campo1I could not foresee that my workshop would be so successful from the first day that I published the information, so there is now only one ticket left! I was going to post about it tomorrow in this blog but now I feel obliged to advise my blog followers as soon as possible, in case any of you is interested. Here is the poster for the event, by clicking on it you will get all the information and will be able to buy the last ticket (if you arrive late and are interested in the workshop, please message me and I will inform you if I organize another one later on).

Being full-time artist: it's not just about painting! by Michele Del Campo

michele del campo, the apple tree, 121x121cm ENGLISH: Finally I have a professional photo of my first painting of 2015. I have been so busy with paper works and administrative tasks, so I haven't painted much in this beginning of the year. Many who don't work as artists perhaps don't realize how much work there is to do away from the canvas. Organizing travels, transports, competitions, professional photos to new work, keeping correspondence with emails and social media, newsletters, updating the website, writing articles or answering interviews, keeping the accountancy up-to-date, redesigning business cards after running out of them, giving a lot of thought and studying future paintings... Now I am organizing a painting workshop, learning to design posters, organizing the daily program, learning internet resources on how to offer easy online payments, etc.... All this, together with being a father of a 1,5 year old baby, but that is the biggest joy of my life and I consider every minute with her as a gift.

In the meanwhile I will publish the program of my 3-days workshop (6-8th March) soon in this blog, although if you want to have a preview of it already, you will find all relevant information by clicking here. Be alert if you are interested though, only 2 places remain available! And now, at 6pm, I am rushing to my studio and pick up the brushes again, can't wait!

ESPAÑOL: Por fin tengo una foto profesional de mi primer cuadro de 2015. He estado ocupadísimo entre tanto papeleo y trabajo administrativo, así que no he podido pintar mucho este inicio de año. Muchos que no se dedican al arte profesionalmente quizás no sepan cuanto trabajo se hace aparte de pintar, de hecho, ¡esa es la actividad a la cual dedico menos tiempo, dentro de mi profesión de pintor! Organizar viajes, transportes, concursos, llevar cuadros a fotógrafos para que documenten mi trabajo, mantener una densa correspondencia de emails y social media, hacer boletines de noticias, poner al día la página web, escribir artículos, contestar entrevistas, mantener las cuentas al día para hacienda, diseñar nuevas tarjetas de visita cuando se agotan, darle muchas vueltas a nuevas ideas y estudiar nuevos cuadros... Ahora estoy organizando un taller de pintura, aprendiendo a diseñar el poster, redactando el programa de los 3 días de duración, aprendiendo programas para facilitar la inscripción y el pago por internet, etc... Todo esto, junto con el hecho de que soy un padre de una niña de 19 meses, aunque ella es la más grande alegría de mi vida y cada minuto que le dedico lo considero un regalo.

Ahora, a las 6 de la tarde, me aprisuro para ir a mi estudio y empezar a pintar un nuevo cuadro, ¡qué ganas tengo!

michele del campo studio

A short video to show my "alla prima" painting technique by Michele Del Campo ENGLISH: There is nothing better than a video to show the process of painting with oils. My technique is "alla prima", so I concentrate on a certain area of a painting and I finish it while it is still wet, generally in the same day. The video of this painting, "The Reading" (150x200cm), which I partially made during my demonstration in Art in Action, concentrates especially on the portraits of the two girls. I had no underlying drawing for these faces, but, as you will see, I represented them improvising directly in painting. This method allows me a more intuitive approach and a more personal interpretation. For a written account of the whole process you can read the Artists and Illustrators magazine, February 2015 issue.

ESPAÑOL: No hay mejor manera para mostrar mi técnica de pintura al óleo que a través de un video. Mi técnica es "alla prima", es decir, me concentro en ciertas áreas del cuadro y las acabo mientras estén mojadas, normalmente en el mismo día. El vídeo se concentra especialmente en las fases del retrato de las dos chicas en el cuadro "La lectura" (150x200cm), que hice en parte en mi demonstración en Art in Action. No tenía un dibujo para las caras, sino que, como verás, las pinté improvisando directamente en pintura, lo cual permite una aproximación más intuitiva y una interpretación más personal.

Painting "alla prima" demonstration by Michele Del Campo

Painting alla prima "Rubbish", 105x160cm, 2013  

ENGLISH: It's only 10 days away the Patchings Art Festival (5-8 June), where I'm going to exhibit new work and set up a studio to create a big size painting in front of the public to demonstrate my technique "alla prima". Please come along to see me and other very talented artists in action!

ESPAÑOL: Quedan solamente 10 días para el Patchings Art Festival (5-8 junio), donde expondré nueva obra y pintaré un cuadro de gran formato en público para demonstrar mi técnica "alla prima". ¡Vente si puedes y mira también otros artistas muy talentosos en acción!

ITALIANO: Mancano solo 10 giorni al Patchings Art Festival (5-8 giugno), dove esporrò nuove opere e dipingerò un quadro di gran formato davanti al pubblico per dimostrare la mia tecnica "alla prima". Vieni se puoi e guarda anche altri artisti di gran talento in azione!