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09-14-2013, 07:19 AM
Hi all, I'm relatively new to this forum and I have a few questions on an incomplete egg tempera not worked on for 30 yrs. Perhaps it was little too ambitious for my 2nd attempt (19" x 24"), painted on gessoed masonite. The under painting is black ink. Are egg tempra's that big?
a. Can I put more layers over top of a layer that's 30 yrs. old ?
b. What can I do to make the faces less plastic and more realistic ?
c. I assume that I would know when its complete, but on average how many layers are need to achieve finished color ?
thank you in advance for all your input.
10-08-2013, 07:29 AM
Technically, you can put more layers there, but I would take this to be restored first. Your painting was probably not sealed with varnish, and dust particles may have settled there.
I actually thought the picture had faded, mistakenly believing that natural yellow ochres faded in egg tempera, but they seem to fade only in fresco (and only the natural version, PY43 – if it has traces of gypsum.)
However, you did start painting the shirt, is that correct? It seems Alizarin Crimson, and it seems it faded somewhat.
I even had some fun and did a partial "digital restoration" on your picture, wondering what the faded colors were! I don't know what was your style – if it was realistic or the poster-style of the 50's and 60's, so I ended up making something in-between. Here's how it turned out.
Sorry, I'm not that great with skin tones (and digital painting!) :)
10-08-2013, 02:37 PM
[Edit: for some reason, the old photo in the post I couldn't edit was updated to the new photo, so I this message ended up being duplicated.]
10-09-2013, 06:30 AM
Hi, Tom. Since I got so far, I "digitally repainted" your art anyway. Here's the finished version.
Your texturing is great, so I tried to make it show through the best I could. :)
10-09-2013, 06:40 AM
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