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Old 17-09-07, 04:50 PM
Alexandra van Cruyningen Alexandra van Cruyningen is offline
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Hello egg tempera painters,
I am a bit confused. When I am in a museum, in Italy, and standing with my nose close to the egg tempera paintings I hardly notice any stripes or crosshatching. Skintones are as much blended as possible with egg tempera, but this week I was in London and saw the egg tempera paintings in the BP award and noticed how many stripes and crosshatching were visible. Over the whole skintones white crosshatching was very apparent. I am a selftaught painter and maybe this is just a stuppid question, but is this how it should be done nowadays? I always try to achieve the same effect as those old painters, with hardly any stripes visible in my skintones...Please give me your comments,
Alexandra van Cruyningen.
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Old 17-09-07, 06:10 PM
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I think you should strive for what you feel is the ideal. Not what might me the trend 'nowadays'.
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Old 17-09-07, 08:01 PM
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I agree with Eric. I think it is all a matter of what your preference is. Look at the work of George Tooker and compare it with Paul Cadmus and you will see two amazing artists each with their own approach to application. George has more gradated tones where as in Pauls work you can see how he has built up the form using his cross-hatching technique.
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Old 17-09-07, 09:47 PM
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Alexandra,
A suggestion: if you want to see the cross-hatching, squeeze your brush to a point. For a smoother gradation from color to color, or light to dark, squeeze your brush to a flat blade (or use a flat brush). It takes a little practice, but if you paint very thinly, you can create a perfectly smooth gradation without any brush strokes showing.
There is no right or wrong way. Only personal preference.
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Old 18-09-07, 01:16 AM
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Thank you Eric, Alex and Phils, Your remarks are really helpful. Is is so nice to hear there is no right or wrong way and I should stick with whatever feels right for me...But on the other hand I do try to improve..don't we all?
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Alex.
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Old 20-09-07, 06:00 AM
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It really is a matter of choice and I think of fashion too. Modern painting is very much about process and showing how it is done as much as it is about the subject matter. I have always found the very smooth finish that is possible with ET to be a bit dead just as it is in oil painting.
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