1/18/08

"Green Jar & Lemons"

egg tempera under painting on linen, 16 x 20 inches.
This is a preparatory underpainting. It has been painted entirely with egg tempera on a prepared tempera ground. Egg tempera thins with water and will not adhere to acrylic  or oil gesso priming.  The ground used for this painting is a traditional tempera sizing, consisting of rabbit skin glue, whiting, and titanium white pigment. Tempera requires a firm surface, such as wood or masonite. While working in this medium, you can change the composition as much as is required. When the final version is satisfactory, brush with a thin  coat of shellac to isolate the underpainting and finish with oils. 

Future updates to follow.....

2 comments:

Rhonda Hurwitz said...

I am interested in see how this progresses...lovely composition

Joan DaGradi said...

Thanks, Rhonda! And thanks for stopping by.
I'm going to post pretty much every step, including the slight change to the composition that was made, before I put the shellac coat on this evening.

Fingers remain crossed.....