Egg Tempera Landscape - Unfinished Demo
11x 7 1/2in on museum board, Not for sale
This was a demo today and unfinished. I will be developing it
more at the next class. The colors are brighter here than they will
be in the finished piece.
If you follow my blog you will know that my absolute favorite
medium is Egg Tempera. (ET)
Unfortunately I have an eye problem
which prevents me being able to spend the time needed
to do it full time, but I am fortunate enough to be able to teach it.
After the last ET demo where I showed a method using precise detail on the face
(click to see.) or August 23rd on this blog.
I thought it would be interesting to show a different technique of what is possible with ET
Here is a step by step of what it took to get this far.
color already tempered
(with the yolk of an egg|)
I dabbed the color on
a random manner.
directions to see if anything
would "appear,"... my imagination
saw rocks and water
so I painted a dark negative
area to create the shapes of rocks.
so I can see how the
values and composition
work so far.
This really helps me
think about how I am going
to develop it further..
those who do not know.
The paints are powdered
pigments which you make into a
paste with distilled water.
These are placed into a small
screw top jar. NO egg is
used at this point.
a piece of glass. I place
a small amount of paste
onto the glass and mix
enough of the egg yolk
into the paste to get the
and do a test strip with a
sure it is tempered correctly.
This means it should gather up
like a ribbon instead of crumbling.
Here you can see when I
cleaned the palette it
stuck together beautifully.
This is a wonderful medium - especially for a water-colorist who wants to
explore taking their art into a new area.
An oil painter who uses glazes will find a traditional egg tempera
under-painting provides a glow of light that cannot be beat.