Egg Tempera

   Egg Tempera is a medieval paint and for it to be any good you have to make it. It uses the yolk of an egg as the binder for pigment. It is a water-based medium but must be used on a non-flexing surface like a Masonite panel. It is a unique paint. It works in small bits of information and is ideal for detail. You cannot, however, blend strokes together or put down color fields of any size. Every brush stroke shows. It can have an interesting look that was never a part of my work. Rather than spend the time slowly building color gradations optically one stroke at a time I used an airbrush. I started working with Egg tempera in 1990. It allowed me to move away from paper and begin working on panels the result being a more stable painting. The downside of Egg tempera is that you have to make it every day.



an egg tempera painting by Charles Rowe
Yankeetown
an egg tempera painting by Charles Rowe
Oklawaha River
an egg tempera painting by Charles Rowe
Bayport
an egg tempera painting by Charles Rowe
Withlacoochee River
an egg tempera painting by Charles Rowe
Ten Thousand Islands
an egg tempera painting by Charles Rowe
Silver River
an egg tempera painting by Charles Rowe
Red Shouldered Hawk
an egg tempera painting by Charles Rowe
Turkeys
an egg tempera painting by Charles Rowe
Withlacoochee River
an egg tempera painting by Charles Rowe
Yankeetown Coast
an egg tempera painting by Charles Rowe
Withlacoochee River
an egg tempera painting by Charles Rowe
Juniper Springs