EGG TEMPERA

Having worked for years using oil paints and pastels Trish Claridge developed an interest in egg tempera. This medium is made by mixing pure pigments with egg yolk as a binder and diluting with purified water, then painted on to argid base which has been sized and prepared with gesso.

This paint technique enables delicacy and precision, using small strokes of colour which are built up in layers to form the final image with a surface of woven colours.

Egg tempera was the usual medium of painting of Medieval and Renaissance art until it was superseded by the use of oil painting in the1500ís.

Most of the work 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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