What follows is a description of my technique of
painting with pure oil color and an egg oil emulsion. This process combines the
color of oil paint with the intensity and durability of tempera. I will take you
through the process step by step beginning with a line drawing to the finished
Of course, once practiced this technique can be adapted to your own strengths and
desires. You might take a different approach to the under painting or perhaps
start with a different ground. I hope that you will find in it what I have
found, the thrill of working with egg tempera and oil.
This demonstration was first published in the February 1998 edition of
American Artist magazine and reprinted in a special edition entitled
Portrait Highlights, now available wherever American Artist magazine is found.