I recently had the pleasure of spending a week with Carolina d'Ayala Valva in Orlando learning the techniques of true Italian grottesca.
Jeff Huckaby hosted a class with Carolina at his Orlando studio. We began with transferring the design by rubbing pigment onto the back. Working with egg tempera, we then painted the design with a monochrome of raw umber.
Each step is precise and could be a finished work in itself. All shadows are put in to guide when the color is added.
Layers and layers of thin washes of color are what make the egg tempera have depth and fusion of color.
The palette is chosen and colors begin to replace the monochrome.
Special thanks to Jeff Huckaby for thinking big enough to bring Carolina from Rome to teach this wonderful class. I think I have it figured out now!
For more information on Carolina and grottesca, click here and here.