Egg Tempera

I have recently completed a short course at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, taking me thought the basics of Egg Tempera painting. I was keen to learn the technique as it seems a natural progression from my work using the Mische Technique. I had always assumed that it would be a tricky and complicated thing to learn. However I was really pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to prepare the paint. So If you have been thinking about giving it a go, don’t fret over it. It really is a simple as mixing an egg yoke with some pigment. So here it the painting I was worked on in class. Not quite finished but almost there

I really like the speed that I can work at with the egg tempera compared to oil paint, hardly any drying time. But I am going to take some more time experimenting with mixing oils and egg tempera in different ways. If you want to learn more about egg tempera I recommend taking a class with the lecturer I had, Ben Senior but if you can’t here are the instructions for making paint