Egg Tempera

Artist E. E. Kono practices old master techniques in the traditional mediums of silver-point and egg tempera. Tempera paintings are treasured for their unique luster, jewel-like colors, and linear qualities. Each color used in the paintings is created on the palette by combining natural powdered pigments and organic egg yolk binder. The paint is applied to traditional gesso panels in a process that requires hundreds of semi-transparent brushstrokes layered one on top of another. The nature of the technique means that most egg tempera artists work in relatively small scale. It can take several weeks to complete each piece. Tempera was the primary method of painting until the Renaissance when it was superseded in western art by the invention of oil painting. Unlike oil, tempera paint becomes clearer with age. If well cared for, an egg tempera painting can remain vivid for hundreds of years, examples from the 1st centuries AD still exist. The medium was revived in the 20th c. United States by artists such as Kenneth Hayes Miller, Thomas Hart Benton, and Andrew Wyeth. Today we are seeing another revival by artists such as Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman, Michael Bergt. and Erin’s teacher, Koo Schadler,  

(tempering paint)

(transparent layers)