This method gives a very watercolour-like look to a painting and holds its origins in oil and watercolour paintings. In oil paintings, a term has emerged for it: alla prima. It is an Italian term mean “at first” which implies that the painting should be completed in one or two sessions. The paints are not allowed to dry, meaning that the wet paints will overlap and create an abstract appearance.
This oil painting method was made famous by Frans Hals (c.1582-1666), a Flemish painter. Besides that, Impressionism in the 19th century utilized this technique greatly and is the reason for it flourishing.
How is this effect achieved?
Samples of our gallery’s paintings that uses this technique.