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water lilies in circle

I meant this to be an egg sketch of water lilies, but I kept working on it. The reference: https://static.pexels.com/photos/9414/water-plant-leaf-pond.jpg (water! plant! leaf! pond!)
Here’s the first day:

1st day, casual start in egg tempera.
I just casually drew, and didn’t do an underpainting.
2nd day:
waterlilliesinegg_2dayThe second day, I realized flowers have too many petals. I prefer looking at other people’s flower paintings.
And the 3rd day, when I decided more work wouldn’t make a huge difference, so I’m done:
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I didn’t find it too slow – I certainly didn’t make hatch marks, like I’ve read that you have to do with egg tempera. I wasn’t making lots of subtle transitions, granted… I used a lot of washes and some dry brush.

It’s on paper, 11 x 14 in (28 x 35,5 cm). Phthalo blue, hansa yellow medium, quin magenta and titanium white pigments.

Oh yeah! Look at the signature. It’s horizontal, so I consider it finished. I’ll start signing sketches at a slant. And do you see an ‘e’ after the date? That means it’s done with egg paint. Awesome code.

sky flying sketch

Bristol is not the friend of graphite. I found a public domain of birds, I think seagulls, and I’ve been sketching it, but the bristol shows my erasures and fingerprints, skyflying-sketch but I’m having fun anyway. I might be getting addicted to sketching. Oh, the photo is named according to keywords. sky-flying-animals-birds. I thought that was adorable, though, like a child named it. Sky! Flying! Animals! Birds!

I had Gimp darken my photo of my drawing-in-progress.
(Now I’ve got to run outside and garden. Maybe I’ll see some sky! flying! animals! birds!)

Hey, I came back in and put on some thin egg paint. skyflying-sketch_withpaintAnd I thought – why don’t I sign sketches at a slant? It would be code for “This is a sketch”. Finished paintings I could sign horizontally. Umm, what could I sign vertically? Upside down? Mirror image?…Negative slant?

Groceries

In the previous post, I had started a drawing. I was offline and used a PD photo I had downloaded from:
https://pixabay.com/en/woman-sad-face-portrait-human-244179/ It’s public domain. Apparently, Andi Graf is the photographer. Thank you!
I did an underpainting of that drawing in casein on bristol board.

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Underpainting in casein (milk)

Unfortunately, I had thought it a good idea to paste the bristol to acid-free cardboard. The egg in the egg tempera overpainting did NOT think it was a good idea. Instantly, the corrugation showed through. I had problems with a mottled face. The face became more spotted because of my stupid reluctance to squeeze all the water out of my brush while I dry-brushed glazes.
I’ve got that situation better now,

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Midpainting in egg tempera (egg yolk)

but I’m thinking about switching to oil, because I’ve lost the brightness. Should I? Would that make the corrugation look worse? Ug. Arg.
I don’t know. All I can think is, ‘This woman is on a diet of milk, eggs and oil. Should I feed her so much?’

I say it’s done.

Hands Clutching Cloak by Moon
After touch-ups and varnish.

Some of the skin is too opaque now. I wish I could have kept the beautiful translucent glazes.

I’ve convinced myself that the corrugation is organic. Charming. I want you to say, when you look at it, “My golly, this is charmingly corrugated!” If you’re a museum curator, I want you to say, “After having seen this, I’m going back to the museum to crumple all the paintings!”

egg tempera vase

This is egg tempera. I’m at a stopping point, because I have no idea what to do next.
The photo is showing the darks around the petals too harshly. But I am using intense synthetic organic pigments. Those puppies sit up and bark. Not like the old dogs of the earth, the iron oxides, etc.
I’ve gone through these steps:

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I transferred my drawing
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Casein paint for the first shadows
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The first layer of egg tempera paint
putting on dark
Putting on dark