After watching the Richard Schmid demo DVD, I sat down and worked on an "Alla Prima" study. I must say that it is a VERY challenging endeavor and my appreciation for guys like Sargent, Zorn, Schimd has elevated even higher in altitude (although not all of their works were technically Alla Prima, but nevertheless...)
The good news is is that I have become very disciplined in my color mixing (keeping my palette knife constantly clean, slowing down and really making sure the value,chroma, and hue is correct, cleaning my brushes constantly, etc) and my brushwork is much more deft however not yet at the level of those guys..lol.
Lastly, I had a lightbulb moment when I was mixing a shadow color on my palette. I was thinking: this color is too high in chroma to be in a shadow region, but then I recalled Elwell and others mentioning that a color can look very different when placed next to another color. Then I thought, of course it looks too saturated because the surface of my palette is white. Then I just slapped that color on to my painting and BAM......perfect. It is all starting to slowly make sense............
I will post my results after the oils dry.