Thursday, September 25, 2008

Cherries in Egg Tempera

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"Cherry Times" copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
Egg Tempera on panel, 5"x 5"
(the scan doesn't show the detail very well..sorry about that)

"Mom's" been exploring the traditional painting technique of egg tempera. She thinks this is a very exciting method of painting... so clean, so pure and so involving. For hundreds of years, this is how it was done...just a raw egg yolk, some water and some ground/mulled pure pigment and very fine brushes.

closeup of cherry stem in upper-left section:

This closeup shows the cross-hatching technique for overlaying the egg tempera paint and creating the value gradations ... hopefully. The blue is cobalt blue powder pigment by Schmincke.

This is just a small post, and a small first go, to show you her new interest. The cherry piece has taken almost a year to complete. Egg tempera is slow process by nature, but one you actually can put down and come back to over time. There are things she'd change about this little piece, but on to the next one since there is a better idea waiting to be painted.
Tot ziens,
Sacha and Judy ("mom")


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2 comments:

René PleinAir. said...

Hey Sacha,

Did you know that you could incubate those eggs as well, ...
And when they hatch out, you have all kinds of little birds to chase after?!

you're hu-mom is spoiling all the fun for you ;-)

Take care.

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

heh heh yes she is ... but she does let me have the egg whites, if they don't first end up in homemade schuimpjes!
;)
Sacha de kat .. lol

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