View Full Version : Autumnal Canal ET

08-21-2006, 06:18 PM
What a coincidence; it's my birthday, a new forum for tempera, and I just finished this today. No name yet, its the D&R canal towpath just outside of Centerbridge, PA. Egg tempera, 12" x 16"

08-21-2006, 06:28 PM
Wow, Jeff, what a wonderful combination of circumstances! Happy birthday, and congratulations on being the first to post a painting to the forum....and such a beauty to boot! I love the soft color and the path draws me right into the painting.

What surface are you using? I know nothing about egg tempera, so I'm looking forward to learning a lot!


08-21-2006, 06:42 PM
Hey! Happy Birthday Jeff!

Your painting is gorgeous, absolutely. So glad you posted. :)

I also know nothing about working with ET ... except what I've seen in museums here abouts. Would love to learn.


Rose Queen
08-21-2006, 07:28 PM
Wow! :clap: Plus, you get to make the first post in the new forum! :thumbsup:

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08-21-2006, 07:49 PM
That's another sweet painting, Jeff. I feel like I'm getting to know your neighborhood with each of the works of yours I see. A good place to be.

08-21-2006, 08:51 PM
Breath taking!!! Super painting. HAPPY BIRTHDAY....where's the cake?

08-22-2006, 12:04 AM
That's Beautiful!!

Richard Saylor
08-22-2006, 01:10 AM
Lovely and evocative, as is usual with your work.


08-22-2006, 10:21 AM
...What surface are you using? I know nothing about egg tempera, so I'm looking forward to learning a lot!

I used the standard et support, a 1/4" hardboard coated with traditional gesso. These days I get mine premade from www.realgesso.com. As far as I know, they're the only ones making them and I can't praise them enough. I can and have made my own, but as long as I can get them from Max I will.

David, this scene is just a few steps from Redfield's house, where I took the photo on this thread:

The canal on the PA side is getting hammered from the recent floods. This portion actually doesnt have water in it anymore, just a shallow stagnant ditch with weeds. Pretty ugly, so I raised the water. Maybe someday it will be back.

08-22-2006, 10:44 AM
Thanks so much, Jeff. Upon hearing your answer, it occurred to me that a reference thread on archival supports specifically for egg tempera would be a really good thing for the forum, so I started one here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=366601). If you'd be kind enough to add your knowledge to that thread, I'd really appreciate it and I'm sure the other members would too!


08-23-2006, 04:22 PM
Ok wheres the painting:D I thought it was the ref photo - excellent work

08-23-2006, 07:30 PM
excellent painting and a ton of detail too

08-23-2006, 09:02 PM
:clap: Wonderful, a simply Wonderful Painting! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Happy Birthday !

08-26-2006, 03:06 PM
Lovely, full of such delicate detail !!

08-26-2006, 09:18 PM
This is stunning!!! I've never used ET and know virtually nothing about it's handling, but I see the most amazing work being done with it (have always been a Wyeth fan...). Your painting is no exception and makes me want to learn more about it!


Robin Neudorfer
08-28-2006, 05:51 PM
An excellent piece of art. I have always had an interest in using ET, and just might have to give it a go. The depth and attention to detail is superb.

08-30-2006, 11:50 AM
Absolutely splendid piece, Jeff. Love your pallet!

08-31-2006, 11:41 AM

08-31-2006, 11:44 AM
I just got back some better photos of it, taken at "ludicrous resolution". This is a 3-inch square of it, in case you want to put your noses up to it.


08-31-2006, 03:36 PM
Fantastic painting - very reminiscent of our English canal scenes.