One of the classes i took was an introduction to painting miniatures in egg tempera. In my teens I've drawn a lot, and some of it was quite detailed but I'd never painted in miniature. So i was very excited to take on this class. The first day was mostly spend with tackling the recipe for making egg-tempera paints and getting to know the properties of this medium. We also started the first of 5 still live paintings. The rest of the week we tried to finish one each day and, under the wonderful guidance of our teacher Brooke Rothshank, every one succeeded.
I've come to really enjoy this technique and the possibilities it has. Making the paint is "as easy as breaking an egg", and once you get the hang of it you can play with varying translucent and opaque layers. On top of that I'm also fortunate to live next to the only working windmill in the world that still produces pigments for artists and painters; verfmolen De Kat (paintmill The Cat). Beside pigments they sell loads of other accessories needed and associated with decorative arts. So no excuse for me on the front of supplies :)
Brooke also offered blank frames to go with our paintings and i gladly made use of it. Once I got home I've painted them black with a golden rim and it really sets them off. Now they looked like real paintings! I'm very proud of my first attempt at miniature painting, but also see loads of room for improvement. So when other projects are finished I'll definitely spend more time on it and practice some more.
Hope you all have a good start of the week,