Thursday, May 20, 2010

An Experiment with Egg Tempera - Part II

Slowly but surely I'm making progress on my experiment with egg tempera painting, which I first talked about here. I still really don't know what I'm doing, but I'm having a lot of fun exploring, and it's sort of morphing into a mixed media work. By that I mean I am layering some paper I painted, sort of like a collage, plus I'm detailing with pen and ink. I don't know where it will lead or what I'll end up with. But the joy is in the journey.

By the way, what you're seeing is only a portion of the canvas. I'll show it all when I'm finished if I don't feel too shy.

From whence I take my inspiration. But I'm changing it up a bit to make it my own.

15 comments:

JoAnn said...

gorgeous! i love that blue!

Niamh said...

I love how the egg tempura makes the painting look illuminated! I was reaearching art history once and came across an article about how sumi-e was more artistically advanced than medieval Western art. Once my research was done I realized how impossible it is to compare artistic advancement from one era or culture to another. Of course, there are still those who believe that the past offers us a glimpse of how we have bettered ourselves over time and that modern humans are more advanced, more intelligent forms of historic humans. I find this idea to be a fallicy derived from modern theories on evolution. Instead, the different styles of art offer a different perspective on humanity rather than a glimpse at a different humanity altogether.
I've been reading the sumi-e book you gave me of late, and have been thinking about perspective and getting into the spirit of looking at art from the perspective of the artist. It's like trying to figure out what Izzy is thinking based upon her actions as she mimics what she sees from those around her. Art is so enlightening. Zac says my comment is too long now.

Jodi said...

Hi Niamh, I agree with what you said and I like your long comments :)

Jodi said...

Thank you, JoAnn!

Stephanie Ann said...

It's looking great. I like how thick the paint looks. The blue is so bright it almost looks like stained glass.

Rayanne said...

It's BEAUTIFUL! I love,love the colors and how it looks. It's making me want to try egg tempera painting. Where do you get it??? I have a book very much like the one in your post! I'll have to share it.
Again, girl...don't be shy....it's beautiful,a work of art!!!

Alexis said...

Jodi,
WoW! It's looking great! It reminds me of stained glass and I love stained glass. You make me want to go out and paint the world!

Jodi said...

Rayanne, the pigments I use come from Sinopia
(www.sinopia.com). You can also buy tubes of ready-made egg tempera. I would try the site for Dick Blick art supply. Thanks for your kind words.

Jodi said...

Thank you Steph and Alexis. Your comments are very encouraging.

Val said...

That looks like great fun.. I especially love the blue ..beautiful
Aren't the manuscripts produced so long ago so beautiful

Nancy said...

Love it! Thanks so much for sharing your work here. I loved looking at illuminated manuscripts back in the day when my kids were studying medieval history. So cool that you're doing your own thing with them.

Jodi said...

Thank you Val and Nancy. I've always been a fan of illuminated manuscripts and medieval painting, so this has been a fun adventure.

Amy in Peru said...

jodi,
it reminds me of stained glass too. hah! before I read the comments, when my son asked what egg temperas were I told him maybe it was a paint made from egg yolks! ahahhahahahahah!

well... obviously I am completely ignorant.

I think that this is awesome what you're doing and I do hope you show the finished product! way to go!! way to be brave and experiment and exhibit it for all of us!

amy in peru

Kerrie said...

Jodi, this is great! I did one egg tempera piece in college of Mary, Jesus and Simeon in the temple. I LOVED working with this medium and you are inspiring me to try again. :) Please post pictures of your finished work, I'm so intrigued!

Jodi said...

Amy, haha, that's awesome!

Kerrie, thank you - coming from a fellow artist (and I love your work BTW), that means a lot.

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