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Going grisaille

Jo Quigley explains why painting in grisaille is something you should consider, and demonstrates how to use this technique to make a grisaille painting in acrylic

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Jo Quigley

studied at Winchester School of Art and Kingston University, and taught painting before turning professional. Jo demonstrates to art societies across the south east of England – for more details see www.quigleyarts.co.uk

A grisaille (pronounced griz-eye) is simply the term used for a painting created in shades of grey, or another neutral colour.

They are commonly produced as preparatory sketches, or as an underpainting to be glazed over in oils or acrylics, although they can equally exist as works in their own right (known as classic grisailles). Originating from the French word gris meaning grey, the term was first used in the mid-19th century, although the practice of painting this way dates back much further.

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Welcome to our May issue packed with inspiring practical features to help you develop your skills in all media. Watercolourists will love Bob Rudd's invented colour schemes for dramatic landscapes, Amanda Hyatt's five steps to watercolour success, with an exercise to try, Ann Blockley's invitation to inject some magic into your watercolour washes, Paul Talbot-Greaves' deconstruction into three parts of the painting of a daffodil, and Deborah Walker's test report on a new Winsor & Newton watercolour paper. Paul Riley and Julie Collins show how to use pen and wash and ink and watercolour in powerful combinations, while Jo Quigley demonstrates why working en grisaille in acrylics can be so beneficial. Portraitists will learn different ways to obtain a likeness from Ann Witheridge and Will Teather; adapt your sketching kit with ideas from David Parfitt; try painting seascapes in water-mixable oils with Paul Weaver, and more. And don't forget to enter our summer sketching competition with fantastic monthly prizes!
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