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Passing Rooks

14 Nov 2012
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Passing Rooks
Tempera Grassa (egg-oil tempera) on true gesso panel, 24" x 48".
© Fergus A Ryan, 2012

The hazy stillness at an Atlantic farmhouse is temporarily interrupted by a passing flock of chattering rooks.

This is the largest egg tempera I have done, and the first in which I used egg-oil medium (one egg yolk, 1 teaspoon of 50/50 Dammar varnish and stand oil). It was mostly done with a tiny brush, and took several weeks to complete. The panel was prepared with a warm solution of rabbit skin glue and gypsum (chalk).

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Bruce Roth wrote
on 14 Nov 2012 6:22 PM

Beautiful painting! Love the long horizontal format.

curtis wood wrote
on 14 Nov 2012 7:47 PM

as always a trest for the eyes.

dmac wrote
on 15 Nov 2012 6:11 AM

Another eye catcher Mister Ryan. Thanks for sharing.

C. Brown wrote
on 15 Nov 2012 6:35 AM

Rabbit skin glue? I had to google that. I learn new things everytime I read the information you've added with your painting. Whether it's the history of the landmark or as in this case, rabbit skin glue. This is such a beautiful piece of art Fergus A Ryan!

on 15 Nov 2012 6:36 AM

Thank you Dale, Curtis and Bruce. Sometimes I wish I was wired to paint in bravura strokes, but I always seem to come back to the near drawing style of painitng. It's worth it in the end, although I usually need counselling.

on 15 Nov 2012 7:02 AM

Catherine, The process for preparing a panel with rabbit skin glue and true gesso is illustrated on my facebook art page beginning 1 October 2012, here. I use powdered pigments. First witha small pile I make a paste with water (I used distilled wtaer from a dehumidifier). Then I add an equal amount of the egg oil mixture. That's my paint.


jfgarcia wrote
on 15 Nov 2012 9:24 AM

me encanta el detalle de la piedra del muro 


Gene Cevasco wrote
on 15 Nov 2012 1:09 PM

The treatment of the sky works so well here. Excellent !

Celia Blanco wrote
on 16 Nov 2012 1:17 AM

Viewed full size is even better, all the little brushmarks. I can't even fathom the work that went into this painting!