Something Completely Different: Grey!

Rainy Day In Paris (24 x 30)
Rainy Day In Paris (24 x 30)

Some of my teachers have regaled me with the wonders of Grisaille, or grey scale paintings, either as the underpinning for a more colorful work or as an end to themselves. But I’ve steadfastly clung to my colorful ways. More red, more purple!

But suddenly: A Rainy Day In Paris (24 x 30), based on a photo by my neighbor and videographer Claude Lyneis. (Thanks, Claude.)

Oh my, greys galore. What does this mean? A new direction or an aberration?

At any rate: a feast for the eyes and food for thought.

By Joanne

Joanne Taeuffer is an expressive painter. She lives in the Berkeley Hills and Healdsburg, CA, with her husband and their black cats, Oscar Wild and Percy.


  1. WOW! Joanne. Wonderfully complex and interesting. So much going on. So much depth and motion. I love how the shadows and reflections are a great compliment to the object. And the healthy interplay between the warms and the colds. Who would have thought that a trash receptacle could be part of a holy trinity? Those three posts seem to want to dissect the composition, but all the motion and atmosphere hold it together. I don’t think the greyness is the magic, here. It is the remarkably sensitive composition and motion swirling around.

    1. Hi Dennis,
      Thanks for the thoughtful comments. One of my other artist friends pointed out that the middle post cuts the canvas right in half — an absolute compositional no-no. But I hadn’t even noticed because the three posts seem to me to be one element, creating a nice rhythm in the painting (with other vertical elements like the trees and windows.) I’m also amused and delighted by the trash receptacle! jt

  2. I never liked the garbage bag in the photo and wondered whether you would leave it out. I hadn’t thought about the central post dividing the picture though. Guess I will have to go back to St. Lazare and wait for a downpour.

    1. C,

      IMHO, the garbage bag is interesting and unexpected…plus it’s an important part of the shadow pattern. And it adds something soft to a lot of hard lines. So it stays in! jt

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