Thin on thick, cold on warm- Color layers in egg tempera

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Like in the icon of St Thaney in the picture the "antithesis" is one of the basics of the eggtempera. In the first layer we start with thick color, to create a solid foundation and continue with thinner and thinner (by saying thin we mean the quantity of the egg medium that is mixed with powder pigments) layers where light penetratesand the different layers interact with each othe creatibf a totally new color

The same goes with the colors themselves a very favorite juxtapposition of warm base and cold hoghlights, creates what is called the silk effect- Eggtempera that works magnificently with cold tones (warm tones of eggtempera is not as rich as oils) gives the shine of sizzling silk

 

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