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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
Hi, Tom!

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
[Duplicated post.]