Marcia Hafif
The Inventory: Paintings

Pencil on Paper

Acrylic Painting

An Extended Gray Scale

Oil Studies/Mass Tone

Egg Tempera


Ink Drawing

Wall Painting

Neutral Mix

Broken Color

Black Painting

Roman Painting

French Painting

Enamel on Wood

Table of Pigments

Red Painting

Glaze Painting

Acrylic Glaze Painting

Late Roman Painting

Pacific Ocean Painting

Double Glaze Painting


Pale Painting

Fresco Painting

Splash Painting

Shade Painting

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Oil Studies, Mass Tone

Mass Tone is the name for the color of a pigment seen in its dense form unmixed with another color. Purchasing many different pigments, and a glass plate and muller in order to grind each one separately into linseed oil, I made oil paint applying it with a small brush to small canvases, then larger ones. In doing this I found a beauty in the colors beyond what I had ever seen in tube paint.

Oil Study: Alizarin Crimson, o/c, 22x22", 1973

Oil Study: Cadmium Red Medium, o/c, 22x22", 1973

Mass Tone: Transparent Golden Ochre, o/c, 84x78", 1973

Mass Tone: Viridian, o/c, 38x38", 1973

Mass Tone: Manganese Blue, o/c, 38x38", 1974

Mass Tone: English Red, o/c, 78x84", 1974

Mass Tone, Sonnabend Gallery, NYC, 1974

Mass Tone, Sonnabend Gallery, NYC, 1974

Oil Studies, P.S.1, 1990