Painting with Egg Tempera, Amanda Blake
16th February 2019
A one-day introduction to painting with Egg Tempera, with a focus on ‘ancient palette’ - working with traditional raw ground Earth and Stone pigments to explore the inherent luminosity, translucency and purity of colour unique to this ancient medium.
The day will involve an introduction to artists working in this medium, hands on experience making the egg yolk binder, painting with raw natural pigments (red and yellow ochres, umbers, and precious stone Lapis Lazuli and Malachite), and creating your own small painting on a natural gesso ground.
The day will allow for ideas around the nature of the pigments used, an understanding of the purity of this medium, the environment, and noticing that only what is natural goes down the sink at the end!
This is a workshop aimed at adults, no previous experience necessary, so would suit interested beginners, as well as artists wanting to expand their practice and approach.
Artists are advised to bring their own sketchbooks, and watercolour brushes if you have them, though one set of three high quality brushes are included in the materials cost which you can take home with some pigments at the end. All pigments, a natural gesso ground and other materials / tools will be provided.
Amanda Blake lives and works in Pembrokeshire and has built her practice around the use of traditional processes and natural materials to explore ways of questioning and deepening our connection to Nature and the environment, and to issues surrounding Sustainability, Value and Care.
A deep interest in phenomenology and philosophies of Being are at the heart of the work, and the choice to work with ancient processes such as fresco, egg tempera and watercolour is particular - it allows the use of solely natural raw materials - pigments, stone and earths - and their inherent qualities of colour and light to be pushed. It also involves a deep sense of touch, intimacy and the contemplative through the slowness and hands on nature of the processes used.
Amanda graduated with an MA Distinction in Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art in 2009 and has spent time living and working in Italy as well as Wales, with a year studying Drawing and Painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence in 1995. She is currently Lecturer in Painting at Carmarthen School of Art.