Grisaille (pronounced griz-eye) is a painting term that
means "gray tones". This monochrome painting executed
in gray tone values ranging from dark to light,
transparent to opaque, flat to reflective.
Old Masters of the Renaissance called this
"painting in black and white" or the "dead color" process.
Linda Coulter is internationally known for her Coulter Grisaille™ art style.
Transparent oil color glazes are then applied over the finished grisaille painting to add personality
and excitement to the art work. Learn more about Pure Color Glazes.
PaintWorks Magazine published Linda's feature story entitled,
"Colorless Paintings -The Grisaille Secret."
In that featured story, Linda Coulter explained her reasons for choosing the grisaille art style
and how it is based on Renaissance art concepts of the Old Masters of Europe.
Linda Coulter is an internationally published artist with readers from 5 continents.
She has been teaching fine art and decorative art for 40 years and during through those years
Linda has taught over 10,000 people from 5 continents how to paint.
This painting of a red country sleigh by Linda L Coulter was featured in the
international Society of Decorative Painters magazine.
The feature article was entitled "After the Sleigh Ride".
The benefits of a Coulter Grisaille foundation:
1. Grisaille (gray tone value) underpainting divides and conquers the painting process,
so it's great for painters of all skill levels.
2. In essence, an artist must capture the rhythm of nature and allow light to dance playfully
through an art work. The foundation for this is achieved in the graytone process.
3. The artist builds a foundation in gray tones. This monocrhome underpainting ranges
in value from black to white and includes various gray values that will facilitate various kinds
of effects when light tries to pass through or bounce off the layers of paint.
4. The truly effective grisaille underpainting builds a network of paint layers that actually
channel natural sunlight from the surface (ground layer), all the way up through the
final layer of colors. So, when the sunshine pours down on this painting, the structure or
network of the grisaille underpainting makes it possible for the light to be reflected back
to greet your eyes with rich color infused with shimmering light! In other words, luminosity.
This concept was developed many centuries ago when pigments were very scarce.
The Old Masters had only a handful of pigments to accomplish their beautiful results so they
had to push each individual pigment to its fullest capacity to be able to achieve the luminosity
in their art work that made them famous. In essence, they cherished the "inner light" that
played and danced through their network of colors on canvas, and made that "inner light"
an integral part of their paintings.
Not every art work requires brilliant luminosity to achieve the desired results. However,
even a soft misty atmosphere should be enhanced by colors infused with natural sunlight
to capture the essence of life.
5. The grisaille underpainting provides a foundation for transparent color overlays.
Transparent colors have no body by themselves. That is, you can't create textural quality
using a transparent paint alone. Thereby, the illusion of texture is created in the grisaille
underpainting, over which color is glazed using transparent oil paint.
6. The finished grisaille underpainting can stand alone as a finished classic art work.
That would be called a classic grisaille.
7. Linda Coulter's multi-layered art works are designed with passageways through
which light can freely pass, producing the special effects and illusions that the artist wants
to achieve. In essence, she allows natural sunlight to participate in the finished design
and uses only a handful of precious pigments to produce color radiance in her art works.
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