EGG TEMPERA

Having worked for years using oil paints and pastels Trish Claridge developed an interest in egg tempera. This is a medium made by mixing pure pigments with egg yolk as a binder and diluting with purified water which can then be applied to a board sized and prepared with gesso.

The technique allows for great precision using small strokes of colour which are built up in layers forming a the final image. It allows for delicacy of touch and a surface of woven colours.

Egg tempera was the primary method of painting Medievil and Renaissance art until it was superceded by the invention of oil painting in the 1500's. Every surviving panel by Michelangelo is painted in egg tempera. There have been revivals by the Pre Raphaelites and Social Realists and it continues to be the required medium for Greek and Orthodox icons and is also used by some of the best contemporary painters working today.

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