Using a glass muller to make a paste of ultramarine blue and distilled water
Mixing several values of blue with the egg medium
This week I gave a demonstration of the traditional manufacture and use of egg tempera. I used what is perhaps the simplest formula– just pure yolk blended with distilled water for the medium, and various water-based pigment pastes. This results in a luminous and durable paint film best employed in quick washes or single strokes. Perhaps in the future I will experiment with egg-oil emulsions for more versatility in blending.
Now that the demos are over, I am working overtime to finish my current paintings for the upcoming show at Fontbonne University.
Florence, encaustic on panel (in progress)
Well, I have a whole new respect for the use of encaustic. I made the portrait above on Tuesday as a sample piece to go with my classroom demonstration on Wednesday. It was quite a learning experience– actually quite frustrating until I stopped thinking of the process as “painting”. The brush was just a means of getting wax from the hot plate to the panel, after which the real work was accomplished with a warm carving knife. Plenty of scraping, blending, and reshaping was involved. I hope to finish the piece some time next week. In the mean time, I am preparing for a demonstration of traditional egg tempera.