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03-08-2001, 11:20 AM
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Egg Tempera on panel, 11x14 March 2001

The only disclaimer is that the digicam insisted on using its flash, so the center of the jpeg has a white reflection.

Jeff G.

03-08-2001, 01:34 PM
Nada mas!


03-08-2001, 10:18 PM
Wow. Love the detail. I can almost see all the corn!

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03-15-2001, 04:47 PM
Jeff, this is another one of those "blow me away" paintings that appear on these pages! It's really good. You have an amazing feel for perspective; I KNOW how hard roads on a short horizon are and you've done a masterful job at it! Would really be interested in reading about your working methods if you have time. Thanks for posting this. I would have responded sooner but it was just so intimidatingly GOOD I didn't know what to say!

03-15-2001, 07:49 PM

Beautifully done! That is a great amount of detail for an 11x14. Could you please post more of your egg tempera paintings?


03-16-2001, 05:49 AM
Great work Jeff, I've heard that egg tempera lends itself well to this kind of detail. Do you find that's true, or do you even use other media?

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03-16-2001, 05:12 PM
Thanks all http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Robert: Regarding working methods, I'm still figuring it out and I learned a lot doing this one (mostly through mistakes, and the drawing of the bins is still too wobbly to suit me). I will tell you that I do work from photos these days for landscapes(shudder). However, it's important to me that I took the photos, that I work from more than 1 photo, and that the subject provides some personal resonance or remembrance of the day... this last being very important in ET, because you're forced to sustain your interest in it for a long time while working, no slap-slap quickies. I also don't paint directly from the photos. First step is several composition thumbnail drawings (being sure I don't blindly follow what's in the photo), pick one, then refine it or follow with a finished drawing for values & detail study, and then a quick disposable oil or WC color study so that I can get the most of the translucent layering that ET does so well. I'm following this process in my latest and although it sounds like a lot of work, it helps my confidence & solves some old weaknesses ... YMMV. I do love sketching outdoors (pencil is my thing... my outdoor painting is hit or miss) but time rarely allows it. Hopefully, I'll be able to do that more. If you want more info on how I work, just email me.

Diane: I will post them as I make them! This is #2... it will be a while before you see #3, because although its going well, it's an ambitious subject. Actually, you might see #4 before #3, if that makes any sense...

Bill: Yes, I've found ET is great for details of texture in sharp light. I still use oils and watercolors for finished pieces and find some subjects or moods definitely call for a particular treatment (as I see it). ET is allowing me to get some past obsession with detail out of my system http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gifSometimes though, it's not so obvious to me which of these 3 media are best for a particular painting I have in mind. Live and learn, I guess.

Jeff G.

03-16-2001, 07:33 PM

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03-16-2001, 07:53 PM
Lovely work Jeff.

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03-16-2001, 08:46 PM
Jeff, good of you to share. Sounds like meticulous work but the results are very satisfying to view. My first egg tempera intro was gazing at Wyeth paintings back years ago. I've always admired the paintings done in ET and you've very obviously come a long way with it. It would be helpful if you took some progress photos and did a little presentation. It'd be awfully informative to those with an interest - and it may spark someone else to give it a go.

Thanks again!

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