Saturday, March 3, 2012

Violet Rose Egg Tempera

Here is another egg tempera painting, 5"x7" on Ampersand Claybord, finished just yesterday. I painted the initial layers in mars violet and titanium white. When used straight, mars violet is very opaque and dark, so I was able to get the shadow areas very dark very quickly without the streaks that transparent colors tend to give. These shadow areas were darkened further with Daniel Smith's bloodstone genuine (I mixed egg yolk into the tube watercolor). The bloodstone mixed with titanium white made a nice bluish gray with hints of cool red, which I used for lighter areas of the petals. I also made much use of pyrrol red and quinacridone rose on the petals. The leaves have bits of several colors - viridian, prussian blue, quinacridone gold among others.