Red Paintings

Red Painting: paliogen maroon, 1998, 58x58 cm,oil on canvas
Red Painting: heliogen blue, 2000, 148 x 148cm, oil on canvas


The Red Paintings came out of the Mass Tone and the Oil Studies, middle sized and larger, painted with powdered pigment hand-ground on a glass plate using a glass muller. During an uninterrupted time and using a small brush, 3/4", I applied the paint in my usual way: left to right and top to bottom. The colors were various reds: Paliogen Maroon, Permanent Red, Irgazine Ruby, Alizarin Crimson, but also Heliogen Blue and Indian Yellow

Text: Marcia Hafif

French Paintings

In 1988 as I was still working with the Roman Paintings I was invited to paint in Lyon in France, another Roman city. Here the colors were more subdued, violet, more northern. Back in New York I chose square supports, linen or cotton and one on wood in both small and larger formats.

Text: Marcia Hafif

Glaze Paintings

I returned to the books on methods and materials to find a recipe for a glaze medium using Damar varnish, turpentine and oil. Each of the many colors I used were applied to separate canvases, the result being bright and clear as a glaze over a white ground.
Text: Marcia Hafif

I returned to the books on methods and materials to find a recipe for a glaze medium using Damar varnish, turpentine and oil. Each of the many colors I used were applied to separate canvases, the result being bright and clear as a glaze over a white ground.
Text: Marcia Hafif

Fresco Paintings

Fresco Paintings

Here I was inspired by the fresco colors of Fra Angelico and Piero della Francesca, sky and earth colors generally. Again I divided the canvas to paint one side of each with a lighter or darker mix of indigo, and the other with an earth color in a small brush. The indigo was flat, but the earth color in a glaze medium was transparent revealing the small vertical brush strokes, the stroke I had used in most of my earlier work if in a less visible way.
Text: Marcia Hafif