Mark Thompson revives lost art |

Mark Thompson revives lost art

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Special to the DailyPansies and Plums, 12 x 15, egg tempera, by Mark Thompson.

BEAVER CREEK – Egg tempera painting is usually associated with medieval and early Renaissance painters such as Botticelli, Verrocchio and Fra Angelico. The medium as used by these old masters was a painstaking process so when oil painting was developed, most artists changed to the new medium. Because the switch was so complete, egg tempera became almost lost art.

Artist Mark Thompson must revel in tedious processes because he’s kept egg tempera alive for the last 30 years. He will demonstrate the craft at Knox Gallery in Beaver Creek Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and again from 4-8 p.m.Not only is his subject matter of still life and the female figure captivating from a distance, but up close his detailed brushwork is just as fascinating. The egg tempera medium he creates using fresh egg yolk yields brilliant, opaque color and absolute realism, said the gallery owner.

Although egg tempera remains technically demanding, modern methods and materials have simplified the methods of the old masters.

In order to make paint, three basic ingredients are needed: pigment and adhesive, or binder, and a solvent or thinner. Egg tempera paint is made up of dry pigment, egg yolk for the binder and water for thinner.For more information, call 949-5564 or log on to Colorado

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