I did another alla prima portrait last night with my weekly group. This week we had Scott's neighbour, John kind enough to sit for the price of a case of beer. Being retired, he was more than happy to add "art model" to his list of life experiences. He was still as a statue.
This photo is taken with my new lights but without the polarizing gels and filter. You can see the small specular highlights. One easy trick to minimize those is to use Photoshop's "despeckle" filter. It will slightly blur your image and isn't perfect, but it is a help nonetheless.
I picked up some flake (lead) white today. The added density of this white will help in the more sculptural brushstrokes used in single-layer work. Its one of the differences that you may notice in the surface quality of older paintings versus today's art which uses primarily titanium white. (which is brighter but less stiff)
Oh yeah, anyone in the Edmonton area interested in sitting, just contact me. We can pay $ or give beer.