DIRECT PAINTING involves
the use of opaque body color applied
to the surface without the necessity of layers. Its spontaneous
approach aims to achieve completion within the initial session.
painter must successfully be able to mix and place colors
directly onto areas that will need no further modifications.
Rigorously applied brushwork often concentrates on the tonal
and color effects - giving a more abstracted quality to the work.
Pictured above, the rapid application of sweeping black
brushstrokes well exemplifies the direct approach.
the modern alla prima method can be seen in the paintings
of the Impressionists, the direct method is represented in the
works of the Expressionists and in the later Action painters.