Jason Espey . Self Portrait . Oil on canvas . 16 x 20 . 2010
Claire Cropper . Lauren - Value Study . Oil on canvas . 20 x 16 . 2011
Katya Held . Closed Grisaille (3 Hour Study) . Oil on canvas . 15.5 x 12 . 2009
Caroline Weitzman . Cailtlin . Oil on canvas . 16 x 10 . 2009
Snehal Rajeev Page . Closed Grisaille (detail) . Oil on canvas . 2010
Vanessa Fenton . Victorian Arm Cast . Oil on canvas . 16 x 14 . 2010
Christina Rose . Russell . Oil on canvas . 20 x 16 . 2009
Kerry Dunn . Connie - Two Tone Study . Oil on canvas . 20 x 16 . 2004
Joseph Dolderer . Duotone . Oil on canvas . 20 x 16 . 2009
Darren Kingsley . Closed Grisaille Study . Oil on canvas . 20 x 16 . 2005
Katya Held . Gavin . Oil on canvas . 20 x 16 . 2010
Josh Breslin . Closed Grisaille / 1 Hour . Oil on canvas . 20 x 16 . 2010
Ning Hu . Duotone Study . Oil on canvas . 20 x 16 . 2005
Jason Espey . Emma Grey . Oil on canvas . 20 x 12 . 2010
Sarah Fredricks . Reclining Pose . Oil on canvas . 20 x 16 . 2010
Jason Espey . Roger . Oil on canvas . 20 x 16 . 2011
Lea Colie Wight . Grisaille Figure study . Oil on canvas . 20 x 16 . 2004
Mary Lou Clair . Jerome . Oil on canvas . 16 x 12 . 2007
Monica L. Bean . Danny . Oil on canvas . 16 x 20 . 2010
Christina Rose . A View from Behind . Oil on canvas . 20 x 16 . 2010
Studio Incamminati artists are introduced to using paint through the process of Open Grisaille. Grisaille (from the French gris for “gray”) utilizes thin, semi-transparent washes of monochromatic oil paint and turpentine on a “toned” canvas to create a simplified tonal range. This establishes the movement of light vital to capturing shapes and shadows. The “under painting,” is the first stage of any painting. Artists build volume as they lay in the darks and shadows by wiping out the light areas. Open Grisaille work helps artists fully convey the energy of the human figure or still life object while introducing the concepts and techniques of handling paint. With Open Grisaille, the underlying reflective surface shows through the monochromatic layers, creating a luminous glaze.
The artists’ next step is the transition to Closed Grisaille: an introduction of the full tonal and value spectrum in which the still-monochromatic palette widens to incorporate cool and warm hues. Artists master feathering and blending the light darks and dark lights as well as articulating hard edges from soft edges. Brushwork becomes more subtle in recording light and shadow and the artists explore textures, learning to build paint in certain areas and keep others thin.
All artwork is the property of the respective artist. Reproduction is strictly prohibited.