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Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 02-11-14, 04:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 25,713
Posted By PhilS
Bravo, Koo! Comprehensive and...

Bravo, Koo! Comprehensive and beautifully-written.

I would add a clarification to misconception #19. You mention that the critical ratio is the amount of egg yolk to pigment, but you don't explain...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 12-02-14, 05:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 16,720
Posted By PhilS
Lori, Here's an idea just off the top of my...

Lori,
Here's an idea just off the top of my head.
2 boards (3/4-inch plywood?) 2 feet wide, screwed together to form a 90-degree angle.
2 strips of black foam pipe insulation (available at any...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 09-08-13, 03:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 24,210
Posted By PhilS
Hi Koo, Points well taken, as usual. ...

Hi Koo,

Points well taken, as usual.

God knows I've had to repair a bunch of scratched paintings (or paintings licked by gallery owner's dogs). It would also be interesting to see how my...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 07-08-13, 04:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 24,210
Posted By PhilS
Hello all, An argument against varnishing,...

Hello all,

An argument against varnishing, waxing, etc.:
A couple of years back I repaired a painting I had given my parents 15 years ago (slight mold growth). It was a painting with an uneven...
Forum: Critique Forum 15-11-12, 06:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 10,207
Posted By PhilS
Wow! I'm impressed Jane! Beautiful skin tones,...

Wow! I'm impressed Jane! Beautiful skin tones, nice composition. If this is your first portrait, you're off to a great start...
One thing I've found fun to do with portraits is to do the...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 10-05-12, 01:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 11,327
Posted By PhilS
Elizabeth, I agree with Bron- Clayboard is not...

Elizabeth,
I agree with Bron- Clayboard is not recommended for egg tempera. I would advise using a traditionally-prepared board (available from several sources... RealGesso? TrueGesso?) or make...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 03-05-12, 12:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 15,173
Posted By PhilS
Thank you, Ramesh and L. I like the idea of...

Thank you, Ramesh and L.

I like the idea of Venice turpentine. Never heard of it before. Sounds like it would smell good.

I'm liking using India ink for underpainting. I can gradually darken...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 27-04-12, 12:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 15,173
Posted By PhilS
VK, Can you expand on that? How did you end up...

VK,
Can you expand on that? How did you end up with an egg yolk/turpentine combination(?) and what is Venice turpentine?
Thanks!
Phil
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 06-03-12, 03:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 15,173
Posted By PhilS
Thanks for the kind words, Koo. Let us know if...

Thanks for the kind words, Koo. Let us know if you have any shows coming up, and where. I think it is remarkable that, in this economy, you, yourself have managed to stay in the saddle (are we...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 04-03-12, 03:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 15,173
Posted By PhilS
Thanks again Koo. A lot of us here on the forum...

Thanks again Koo. A lot of us here on the forum owe you a debt of gratitude for all the advice and information you've passed along.
Tempera grassa is next on my list of things to try. I need another...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 03-03-12, 04:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 15,173
Posted By PhilS
Thanks all for your replies. Koo, I, too, have...

Thanks all for your replies.
Koo, I, too, have had the same problem maintaining warmth and luminosity with my layers. I try to drill into my students DON'T GO TOO DARK IN THE UNDERPAINTING! ET has a...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 01-03-12, 04:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 15,173
Posted By PhilS
Silverpoint or India ink

Hi all,
26 years of painting in egg tempera and I've never tried underpainting with either India ink or silverpoint (I always just dive in with straight ET).
Do any of you have preferences and/or...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 24-02-12, 05:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 13,701
Posted By PhilS
I guess I should elaborate. For the first layer...

I guess I should elaborate.
For the first layer of the background (i.e. sky), I mix up 5 shades of paint, going from the lightest shade (near the horizon) to the darkest (top). I apply shades 1, 3...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 23-02-12, 05:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 13,701
Posted By PhilS
Hi Bumpkinboy, Often when I do backgrounds, I...

Hi Bumpkinboy,
Often when I do backgrounds, I thin the paint down to probably over 90% water. Using a one-inch flat brush, I squeeze the excess water out and just whisper it lightly over the surface...
Forum: Forum Member's Gallery 04-11-11, 05:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 17,303
Posted By PhilS
Jim, I think we forum members should band...

Jim,
I think we forum members should band together an do an "Occupy Smithsonian" until they accept your entry.
Nice job. We're rooting for you.
Phil
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 20-09-11, 01:15 PM
Replies: 2
Help!! Mold Woes
Views: 4,838
Posted By PhilS
Not to worry, Ev and Paul (hopefully!) I've had...

Not to worry, Ev and Paul (hopefully!)
I've had to deal with mold twice in the past. One was a white bloom which lifted off easily by wiping with cotton balls. (It actually ended up being a blessing...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 03-08-11, 02:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 14,380
Posted By PhilS
Thanks Alessandra, for the clear, concise,...

Thanks Alessandra, for the clear, concise, interesting history of ET. I may print it out and use it as a reference for my next workshop if that would be OK with you.
When I get a chance, I'll check...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 12-07-11, 05:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 15,775
Posted By PhilS
Silver, The beauty of egg tempera is in the...

Silver,
The beauty of egg tempera is in the interaction of multiple THIN layers. Applying it thickly would not only compromise its structural integrity, but also eliminate any interaction with the...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 01-07-11, 12:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 10,356
Posted By PhilS
Hi Silver, There was a post a while back about...

Hi Silver,
There was a post a while back about how either RealGesso or TrueGesso (I get them mixed up) had figured out a way to get gesso to adhere to tempered hardboard. It was apparently a secret...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 27-05-11, 02:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 6,673
Posted By PhilS
Silver, Buy yourself a bottle of Guerra...

Silver,
Buy yourself a bottle of Guerra dispersion (any color) and the same color in powdered pigment. Add water to the powdered pigment until it is about the consistency of peanut butter. Mix both...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 19-05-11, 09:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 9,807
Posted By PhilS
Hi Juan, Welcome to the forum! As a...

Hi Juan,

Welcome to the forum!

As a general rule, I try to work with my brush as dry as possible. Floating a wash over an underpainting doesn't work in ET, unless the painting has been allowed...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 18-04-11, 05:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 12,077
Posted By PhilS
Hi Silver, So long as you have the pigment/yolk...

Hi Silver,
So long as you have the pigment/yolk ratio right, it doesn't seem to matter how much water you add. I sometimes am working with mixtures so diluted you can barely see the color.
The only...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 15-04-11, 12:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 12,077
Posted By PhilS
Silver, Basically you want to achieve an...

Silver,
Basically you want to achieve an egg-shell gloss (no pun intended). If, as you start painting, you find your surface is chalky-looking, add more yolk; if it looks greasy, add more pigment....
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 22-03-11, 05:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 7,131
Posted By PhilS
Stephen and Mat, I have a pet peeve about the...

Stephen and Mat,
I have a pet peeve about the chintzy plastic palettes that art stores sell nowadays. So I found some tiny, white ceramic bowls (ramekins) at Stonewall Kitchens. (They don't seem to...
Forum: The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 16-03-11, 03:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 12,090
Posted By PhilS
Silver, I have a block of maple, about 2 x 3...

Silver,
I have a block of maple, about 2 x 3 inches, with the sharp edges rounded a little (any hardwood will work). Using either an atomizer or a sponge, I wet a small area of the gessoed board...
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