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Egg tempera painting technique – Catherine of Aragon


I have been fascinated for quite a while with natural pigments & tempera painting technique but have no idea how to get about it so after following on Instagram someone who paints that way rupert_muldoon I decided today to look up the subject on Youtube got a bit carried away then came on to this video that caught immediately my eye for two reasons, one for the tempera & second, the way we can reveal today layers upon layer of a painting produced in 1496!
This gives me a different perspective, it teaches me that everyone in this profession needs to practice a lot of patience. Some works need many layers before we can be totally satisfied with the end result.
We have a tendency to think things come easy for those who are very talented & produce masterpieces but this proves us wrong, at least for the very detailed works.

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Published on 14 Apr 2013
Showing all the stages from underpainting to final glazes of the Portrait of an Infanta (Katherine of Aragon, aged 11) by Juan de Flandes, ca 1496.
Juan de Flandes (John of Flanders) was court painter to Isabella of Castile. He worked in oil on wood, so my egg tempera copy is not as smooth as the original.
Pigments (all natural): flake white, yellow ocher, burnt sienna, lazurite from Afghanistan, vermilion, indigo, light lead tin yellow.
With thanks to David Cranswick for excellent tuition.
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Sun among foliage… My new abstract!


Sun among foliage ©copyrightowpp2015

Sun among foliage
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Just a few days old & happy to inaugurate it on my blog.
This painting was so much fun to do I felt like a child on its first outing topped with a four scoop ice cream!
It was one of my easiest & most inspiring to create, possibly because it speaks of light & nature. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your fidelity, the continuous follows, likes & comments!

And a closer look... ©copyrightowpp2015

And a closer look…
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hugelkultur – the ultimate raised garden beds


I received a post in my mailbox from an absolutely amazing blogger I follow from my beginnings in WordPress. http://theecograndma.blogspot.be/2015/03/wasteful-wednesday_25.html#more
I love getting them. I am always in for a surprise (Oh by the way her “Good news Monday” is sheer delight too 🙂 ) wondering what I’m going top learn next… this time was no exception, a treat was awaiting.
I got this link http://www.richsoil.com/hugelkultur/
A fascinating one, rich with information for those interested in organic gardening or farming with a video I posted here.
I hope this will be a source of enjoyment & use for everyone 🙂

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Published on 7 Nov 2012
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Hugelkultur is raised garden beds that reduce or eliminate the need for irrigation and fertilizer.

This video shows the why and how of this type of raised garden bed. Hugelkultur can be built by hand or with machinery; urban lots or large acreage farms;

The focal point of this video is a project in Dayton, Montana where Sepp Holzer installed nearly a kilometer of hugelkultur beds in early May of 2012. Then the video shows the results in mid September.

Michael Billington is currently the land manager there. He explains how the beds have not been irrigated and goes into some detail of the qualities of the food from the different aspects of the hugelkultur: the north side tends to be sweeter and the south side tends to have more bite (lettuces tend to be more bitter and mustards tend to be hotter).

Special appearances by Christy Nieto from Bellingham, Washington (see her smaller berm / raised garden bed in the background – she reduced, but did not eliminate irrigation); Melanie and Brad Knight from Sage Mountain Homestead in Corvallis, Montana (building hugelkultur with a bobcat); Sepp Holzer adding branch mulch plus throwing seed; Jessica “Jessi” Peterson showing the mulching technique.

The recipie is: wood and brush covered with soil; immediately plant seeds; a bit of mulch helps.

Because the sides of the raised garden beds are usually steep, adding mulch is done by pinning the mulch to the sides with branches shaped like pegs (referred to as nails in the video) that hold on branches that hold on the mulch.

Once the hugelkultur beds get to be about three years old, the plant growth will be about five times greater. This is just the first year and the wood has not yet rotted much.

Hugelkultur also extends the growing season. Areas that have 90 frost free days can now have 150 frost free days!

Notice how ALL of these feature polyculture. Polyculture is one of many ingredients which help to reduce the need
for irrigation.

The end of the video features the attendees of the 14 day intensive permacultur design course offered in Dayton, Montana in April of 2012.

Relevant:
http://www.permies.com/t/17/permacult…
http://www.permies.com/t/15981/permac…
http://www.permies.com/t/12206/permac…
http://www.permies.com/t/15068/plants…
http://www.permies.com/t/12649/bugs/T…
http://www.permies.com/t/16366/permac…
http://www.permies.com/t/16405/permac…

music by Jimmy Pardo http://permies.com/t/6301#62570
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NOOMA Stories – Amy


Sophie33 commented on https://oawritingspoemspaintings.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/lambs-lettuce-radishes-for-inspiration/ mentioning a cold frame (I only was familiar with greenhouses)& in order to picture what she had described I went on Google images.
My perfectionism lead me to unknown territories as most of the time (I like to investigate new info to the last detail :)) that is how I came across this very courageous blogger https://amyecotarian.wordpress.com/2010/03/01/years_first_cold-frame/ that happened to be in WordPress. Her story is one of courage, of questioning one’s life & re-orientation. When she left a link for her video on Youtube & saw it I thought this might be something my followers would enjoy & learn from. Let me know if I was on the right track 🙂
P.S As I saw other videos under the NOOMA name & realised it was affiliated to a certain belief which I’m not familiar with & reassure you of keeping up to my intention.
From the birth of this blog I had made the decision of dedicating it solely to one of art & inspiration void of politics or religious persuasion, I wanted to make clear, remind the intentions of this blog & reassure my followers of keeping faithful to its origin 🙂

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Blissful respite to its completion!


Blissful respite finally finished! ©copyright2015owpp

Blissful respite finally finished!
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This is a painting I sketched in 2012. I got busy with other projects then came back to it in 2014 & have been busy with it ever since.
Now I am so very proud to announce it finished & will include bellow the steps toward its completion 🙂
Your input will be more than welcome!

Sketch 2012 ©copyright2015owpp

Sketch 2012
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1st layer ©copyright2015owpp

1st layer
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2nd... ©copyright2015owpp

2nd…
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4th & still very busy with it! ©copyright2015owpp

4th & still very busy with it!
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Lambs lettuce & radishes for inspiration :)


Minimalist style ©copyright2015owpp

Minimalist style
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I was preparing myself a plate of organic greens washing the earth off & noticed the colour contrast, the beauty of fresh food which lead me to a photo shoot craze… There was no photoshop involved besides the middle one where I played a bit with the colour.
Which one is your favorite?

Having fun messing around with colour... ©copyright2015owpp

Having fun messing around with colour…
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Aren't greens elegant? ©copyright2015owpp

Aren’t greens elegant?
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Finally giving English cottage 2007 a place too!


English cottage 2007 ©copyright2015owpp

English cottage 2007
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I have finally gotten around to framing & classifying my work & am glad to show it off to you! Hope you’ll like the space I’m giving it 🙂 P.s I had posted it on the 5th of November 2012 among one of first posts on this blog! see… https://oawritingspoemspaintings.wordpress.com/?s=english+cottage+2007 You can check out my new instagram account too on… LIFE_PAINTINGS For orders you can contact me at, nnona46@hotmail.com Thank you!