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6.000 x 10.000 inches
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Yellow Crested Night Heron Painting
Painting - Egg Tempera Painting
This is a Yellow Crested Night Heron. The technique is medieval style egg tempera painting. I mix the ground powdered natural pigments with egg and work in many many layers (usually seven) with 000 size brushes. The board is made with seven layers of a gelatin mixture and ground flat with a wooden block by hand. My close friend teaches this course and this is my third "Seabird". We work in a group and share pigments. The process is slow and laborious and meditative. One must slow down in every way as you work in tiny tiny strokes, layer upon layer. This is how the egg tempera paintings were done that you see in museums all over the world from the 14th to 15th century. Egg is the binder and thin layers are imperative to avoid cracking. A jewel like affect is achieved which cannot be duplicated with other paint media.
I photograph Seabirds and this Yellow Crested Night Heron was a rare find during the day! When I go shrimping at night in Florida I see them fishing in the dark and sitting nearby on the bridge. But this guy was in the mangroves in broad daylight and looked extremely satisfied as though he just had a great meal. I felt so fortunate to see him up close and to have the opportunity to photograph him. I've been working on him for 5 months! These panels are small because they take so long to complete. Hope you enjoy him as much as I did making him come to life! (There are two other egg tempera seabirds in my gallery and a medieval Italian town in my gallery in this technique also.)
February 22nd, 2012
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