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A Piece of Me #26, egg tempera on panel. 21 x 13.3 cm or 5 1/4 x 8 1/4 in.

A Piece of Me #26, egg tempera

A Piece of Me #26, egg tempera on panel. 21 x 13.3 cm or 5 1/4 x 8 1/4 in.

A Piece of Me #26, egg tempera on panel. 21 x 13.3 cm or 5 1/4 x 8 1/4 in.

Finally, the last in the egg tempera series. A fore-ground composition full of meaningful, three dimensional human form containing a full range of values: strong contrasts of light and dark. Rendering the flesh tones of the hand and the warm glinting light of the gold bracelet were wonderful challenges. A Renaissance painter would have applied real gold leaf(!) – to the bracelet, that is..

After completing this panel last November I returned to this panel after it cured. I wanted to intensify the saturation of the main shapes of the pants leg and the green sweater with more coats of glaze. I warmed up the hand too. But it’s also important to keep in mind that egg tempera, in contrast to the other media ¬†of this project (that is, oil, encaustic and acrylic) requires a final coat of protective varnish. This varnish will darken all values by about 10%, so I don’t mind leaving these panels a little bit lighter than their companions. Compositionally and chromatically I’m not trying for seamless alignments but at the same time the values should more or less align.

A technical write up here of the lessons learned about egg tempera in this series of panels.