Thursday, February 16, 2012


After painting for so many years, I'm finally comfortable with working in most medium & subjects. Whether it's a sketch or a major painting, deciding on which medium to use could make a big difference in what I'm trying to convey. This is an egg tempera painting. Egg tempera is a painting process that uses egg yolk to bind pigments. A very ancient technique, but very simple: egg yolk, water, & pigments. The egg yolk medium gives the effect of oil & watercolor. The technique of layering translucent paint creates beautiful & luminous color effects as light passes thru the many layers of color. This back & forth, back & forth is the closest I come to meditation. Painting in oil might be faster, but this property need a delicate & opalescent effect that only an egg tempera can achieve.

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