Monday, July 25, 2011


I may have mentioned how I'm learning a light touch with egg tempera. Well, I'm still learning! Today while viewing a Ginevra image I noticed that the shadows seemed to be of a blue tint. I was so excited to get home and try that out.

It didn't work out very well. Perhaps just a hint of prussian blue glaze might do but I didn't stop there. Next thing I knew, I was in trouble with lots of blotchy blue. Ugh! So I'll give it all another go soon. A bit more reading, a bit more thinking, and then it's back for another round! :-)

A quote from Koo's book serves as a good reminder:
"A thin layer such as this will dry very quickly (within seconds, ideally) and allow successive layers to be soon added. While it may not seem a significant amount of paint, you can add literally dozens more layers within an hour. Soon it will accumulate to build up a convincing form and rich color. Scores of layers of thin, transparent color, ultimately adding up to create a luminous image. This is the beauty of egg tempera painting."

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