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Thursday, June 30, 2011

A scanned peek at Kimberly With Roses in progress

A scanned detail from a portion of my egg tempera spiritual portrait in progress of Kimberly with roses, egg tempera on true gesso panel
It's been almost a year since I've offered the last update on this painting on Mona Conner Portraits, but I've actually been slowly progressing with this egg tempera portrait of Kimberly over at my spiritual portrait series blog, Grander Joy of Spirit.  Large egg tempera portraits on panel do take a lot of time and patience, but are rewarding for their depth, and I thought it would be interesting to share this scanned detail, since recently I was discussing the differences in quality between a scan and a camera shot of my pastel self-portrait at age 3.  My own scanner bed is small, so it only captures about 12" x 9" from this 19 1/2" x 15 1/4" painting in progress, but it reveals to you the paint strokes, details, and depth, much better than a camera shot with my 5 mg camera, which tends to flatten out the values.  It also reveals the areas that I am still blending with many thin layers of egg tempera.


  1. mona, this is incredibly breathtaking!!! i'm so thrilled with the opportunity to see the stark difference between a scan and a camera snap! your work is simply stunning, i so enjoy studying this up close. thank you so much for sharing your progress and process on this gem!!! enjoy the weekend!

  2. Thanks so much Suzanne. I'm actually wondering if I had a 10 megapixel camera if a camera shot would come closer to the scan. Yes, happy 4th of July!

  3. This is stunning. The texture and detail are amazing. Do you mix your egg tempera paints yourself or is that something that is available commercially?

  4. Hi Nancy, thank you. I do mix my own egg tempera paint using yolk of egg and distilled water with both powdered pigments and tube gouaches and watercolors. With a little practice, mixing your own egg tempera paint is easier and faster than most people realize, and I recommend doing it this way rather than using the premixed egg tempera that is currently available commercially. I understand that the commercial version of egg tempera has received some mixed reviews over how it sometimes smells, and contains off-beat additives, such as vegetable oil. I am not familiar with how vegetable oil in the mix may impact the long-term stability of the paint, but in general have not heard of this being a routine part of the historical recipe.