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Crushed By Egg Tempera

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Saint Thomas is now on the easel to receive a grisaille underpainting in oils.   After being crushed by my attempt to make an egg-tempera grisaille underpainting on this panel of Thomas and Jesus, et al.,  I have decided to move my historical experimentations to a panel of more manageable dimensions.  Moses in the Rock is the only picture I have made using egg tempera as an underpainting and it is quite small.  This represents the largest panel I have ever undertaken with the most fully developed charters as well.  Egg tempera is very slow (and I already work very slowly), and having already allowed a 5 year window to make this picture,  I shall try to fully embrace those other challenges in a noble fashion in addition to honoring my time.

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Mixing the medium for the thinning of colors for underpainting.

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Applying a coat of thinned shellac over the absorbent gesso and egg tempera.

Please take a moment to visit my friend Mike Schultz interesting post on his blog the other day.

Go On: The Mountain of Signs and Wonders

Holy Mountain

It was a positive experience revisiting the old portrait of my friend Mikey a few weeks back so I thought I might revisit a few more older paintings that have never been featured here on the blog (they have been represented on the permanent pages).  Today’s painting is called Go On:  The Mountain of Signs and Wonders, painted in 2003 with oils on a wooden panel.  It began as an exploration on the miracle of the transfiguration of Jesus.  My apologies on the poor quality of the image, it is a scan from a slide.

Zechariah (the Prophet) and Walking Man (detail)

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Cutting linoleum for a relief print of the prophet Zechariah holding a banner saying “Grace to it”

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Some new work on the objects in the foreground of Walking Man and the Ancient Ocean.

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Portrait of Mike Schultz

Portrait of Mikey

Portrait of Mike Schultz.  1999, oil on oak panel, 5 1/2 x 6 3/8″.

Somehow I neglected to add one of my favorite paintings to the archive here.  This is a portrait I painted of my close friend Mike Schultz when we were in school together.

Begin Thomas Grisaille

Beginning of grisaille (gray-scale) underpainting for panel of Thomas in egg-tempera.

 

Job in the Cave of the Erth: Profectus

Slow refinement upon the underpainting of Job in the Cave of the Erth.

    

The Cave of the Erth and the Cave of the Sea

Underpainting/ sketch of Job in the Cave of the Erth

  

Underpainting of Jonah Entering the Cave of the Sea.