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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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Education
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The madness of Vermeer – Secret lives of the artists


I saw today this brilliant documentary of the famous Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer on the advise of a painter on Instagram j.hajesart who is in the middle of a very audacious project… a copy of this master which is progressing brilliantly.
I became an admirer of Vermeer after I saw the movie “Girl with the pearl earring” see the post on the drawing I made in soft pastels… https://oawritingspoemspaintings.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/the-girl-with-the-pearl-2007/ & loved to get more info on the life & works of this unequaled artist.
I’m going to see tonight as well “Tim’s Vermeer”.
This one is 59 mn long & I enjoyed every second of it.
It is very heavy to post on my blog as it takes much space but I made an exception for this time 🙂
I hope you’ll like it!

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Published on Jun 1, 2014
First broadcast: 2003.
Episode 2/3 Johannes Vermeer is one of our favourite painters, with his Girl with a Pearl Earring now deemed the ‘Mona Lisa of the North’. But little is known about his life and for almost two centuries he was lost to obscurity.

Andrew Graham-Dixon, travelling to Vermeer’s hometown of Delft and a dramatic Dutch landscape of huge skies and windmills, embarks on a detective trail to uncover the life of a genius in hiding.

Renowned for painting calm and beautiful interiors, the real life of Vermeer was marred by crime and violence. His life was a bid to escape the privations of his family and yet even a glamorous marriage and artistic success failed to save him from the fate he dreaded more than any other.
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Education
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