Pencil on Paper

January 01, 1972, pencil on paper, 24x18 inch
February 16, 1972, pencil on paper, 24x18 inch


A medium pencil, short vertical marks on a sheet of drawing paper starting in the upper left, working across and down to finish at the bottom, these were the criteria, as different systems emerged from the process. The paper is still uncut and the marks changed little even as different sizes of paper are used and some different systems have developed over the years.

Text: Marcia Hafif

Red Paintings


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