Grottesca was the buzz word in San Antonio this past week with the arrival of Carolina D'Ayala Valva of Artelier studio of Rome.
Leslie and Nicola Vigini opened their studio for an intensive four day class with Carolina on the art of egg tempera grottesca. Leslie and Nicola operate an extremely creative studio in San Antonio and catered completely to the needs of each student.
Carolina designed a panel for the class including basic grottesca ornamentation. Once the design was transferred to canvas, the key color was applied in layered washes.
Classes went from 9:00 am till sometimes 7:00pm...the Viginis provided lunch daily and snacks for the marathon hours.
Even Nicola participated in painting the panel.
Tempera grassa or "fat" tempera (oil tempera) was the medium used for this class. The beauty of egg tempera is the building of layers of color to create depth and shading.
Grottesca is known for it's attention to detail...in fantasy borders and intricate foliage. The tempera has a matte , organic feel which cannot be duplicated through other mediums.
This is my finished panel...I would not trade anything for the knowledge learned this week on this Renaissance process. Thanks to Carolina for her dedication and patience with her students and special thanks to the Viginis for supporting the art of decoration!