Glazing is one of my favorite ways to work. I work from a drawing I have studied previously. This will allow me to look at the values I want to take forward into the grisaille underpainting.


Once I have completed the drawing study, I can then transfer this to the wooden panel ready for the underpainting. A grisaille underpainting is a painting using only grey values, also called a ghost layer. This allows you to focus on values only. Then build up veils of colours on top of your grisaille painting, creating depth.

Ella Wolfnoth oil painting
Stripy Bow

Further reading:

• More information on what a grisaille underpainting is here

• Working with glazes in painting here