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Old 01-11-2006, 11:01 PM
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Sorrowful Man - Egg Tempera

Hello everyone. Just sharing my latest painting. Thanks for looking.

Title: Hombre Arrepentido (Sorrowful Man)
6"x8" Egg Tempera on Panel

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Re: Sorrowful Man - Egg Tempera

This is looking great Alex. I especially love the way you have rendered the folds etc. in his shirt -- wonderful.

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Old 01-12-2006, 09:30 AM
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Re: Sorrowful Man - Egg Tempera

I agree, the folds in the shirts are beautifully rendered and are fun to examine and explore in and of itself. But then my eye wants to wander around the head and to the hands and I wonder, what time is it ?what is he thinking? Is he alone? Where is he? It almost looks like a cold official sort of place (because of the white office type table) and he has just been told something.

Oh well, there's my ponderings for the day

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Old 01-12-2006, 11:49 AM
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...It's almost as if I can read in his mind, he's so real and so much lost in his thoughts...his vein showing on the forehead makes him look tight and tense, for me he's pondering what he has done... nothing good, of course (from the title!) but probably he had his good reasons!
Well, I enjoyed looking at this, and I think it's GORGEOUS, I like very much the smootness on the skin, and it makes me want to try egg tempera, now!! Great work
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Old 01-12-2006, 12:36 PM
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Val: Thank you. The shirt took forever.

alfie: Thank you as well. This is a painting of my father. I wanted to capture his distress and regret that he was experiencing at this time in his life.

Allesanda: Thank you. I encourage you to try egg tempera. If you need help starting let me know I would be happy to help. Given your abilities with paint I think you would be able create just as beautiful work in egg tempera as you can in other media. I am just an email away so feel free.
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Re: Sorrowful Man - Egg Tempera

I continue to be in awe of your talent. I was struck by the folds in the shirt also as well as the intenseness and self reflection in his face. Really, really wonderful. What drew you to egg tempera and how did you get started with it? It's an ancient process isn't it?

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Old 01-12-2006, 07:04 PM
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Nancy: Thank you for your encouraging words. I have always been drawn to certain artists such as George Tooker, Paul Cadmus, Jared French, Andrew Wyeth and I believed it was their subject matter. However last year when I began to commit more to painting and drawing I began to ask myself what all these artists had in common, and it happened to be egg tempera. After some research into what egg tempera was I decided the to give it a try. I fell in love with it and since then I have worked at it to keep learning and growing. It is the second oldest medium known to man, encaustic being the first. It was used in the middle ages and into the renaissance. While it is ancient there are numerous wonderful artists that use it today. I run a website where I have a growing collection of other egg tempera artists and information.
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Old 01-12-2006, 10:24 PM
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Here is a wip and explanation of my process. I had promised this awhile back.



I begin with a traditional gesso panel. The traditional gesso consists of gypsum, rabbit skin glue and titanium white. I applied 2 coats of Rabbit skin glue to the masonite panel and let it dry overnight. I then applied 6 coats of the gesso. Let it dry for a few days and then sanded it down to an ivory smooth finish.

I then make my egg medium. I take one egg crack it over the sink. Place the yolk in a paper towel and roll it around to get rid of the white. Once most of the white is off I pierce the egg over a small jar. I then add equal parts distilled water to the egg and mix it up. To temper my dry pigments I add some of the mixture to the pigment and mix it To appy the pigment I dip my brush into the paint and then wipe it almost dry using a paper towel. Then I am ready to apply the paint. But before I even get to that step I transfer my drawing to the panel. Then I do a complete underpainting in india ink(1,2,3). From there I begin to add color to the background(4). Once the background is complete I glaze colors over the ink underpainting. Egg tempera is generally translucent so whatever colors are underneath always affect the following layers to a certain degree. In this case I used a violet color on the shirt so the final shirt color(bone black, cobalt blue and alizarin crimson) would have a purple cast to it(6). On all the flesh areas I layered a glaze of terre verte and titanium white to allow for the cool halftones as I applied the flesh tones which is a mixture of yellow ochre, cad red medium and alizarin crimson. The painting goes slowly since the ink is difficult to cover. I then proceed to contiue refining the values, colors and details. (6,7,8,9,10,11)
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Re: Sorrowful Man - Egg Tempera

Alex -

What a fascinating piece of work, and I love your style. It is an interesting mix of mid-20th century and...something else - very distinctive and endlessly interesting. Your work is definitely a highlight on wetcanvas.com!
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Wow Alex, you gave a great explanation of your work!It was exactly something I wanted, but didn't dare to ask... I will certainly try, later! Now I'm just starting and struggling a lot, with acrilyc paints, besides my beloved pastels(which I really love), and as soon as I'll start egg tempera, I'll surely ask you some tips!! You're a pro!!!!Thanks a lot for your great wip!
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Excellent work! I agree that you have a distinctive style that merges the modern with the traditional. A very good use of the medium. BTW, I love your website and its listings.
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Re: Sorrowful Man - Egg Tempera

Thanks for the explanation on the work in progress. Very interesting. I have never worked with eggtempera.
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Old 01-13-2006, 10:30 AM
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Alessandra: Sure, I am happy to help you discover this wonderful medium. We can learn together.

JeffG: This means alot coming from you a fellow egg cracker. Thanks for your encouragement. I recently featured your site on www.eggtempera.org.

Janet: You're welcome, thanks for looking.
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....I recently featured your site on www.eggtempera.org....

lol I didnt realize that, thanks! I didnt know I was included there (I dont remember submitting, I could very well have), so ignore the submission I put in for myself today!
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I added your site myself a while ago (ed: 10/19/2005). I like to visit your site often to look at your wonderfully painted landscapes. I will update your info with any details you submitted today.
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