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Painting with eggs demonstrated in Beaver Creek

Daily staff report
Beaver Creek, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado ” Artist Mark Thompson, who will exhibit work in Beaver Creek, Colorado this week, has been creating egg tempera paintings for more than 30 years. The egg tempera medium he creates using fresh egg yolk yields brilliant, opaque color and absolute realism.

Earlier this month Thompson was juried best of show at the International Guild of Realism show for his painting “Lemon and English Urn.”

For years, Knox Galleries has been inviting Thompson to demonstrate his technique for gallery visitors, which he’ll do Thursday through Saturday.

“Mark has the opportunity to explain the symbolic nature of each element in his paintings,” said gallery director Mark Kihle. “Most people are awestruck with the detail and his technique in egg tempera. Most people ask ‘is that a photograph or print?’ and are just amazed when I explain that it is an original. They see Mark actually painting and the fine brushes and brush strokes he uses and they are amazed at his technique.”

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 one. So when oil painting was developed, most artists changed to the new medium. Because the switch was so complete, egg tempera became a lost art until 1844 when an Englishwoman translated a book written in the late 15th century by Cennino Cennini.

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, 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.

Also for sale will be Thompson’s etchings of fly-fishing to Paris, to his latest creations of hummingbirds and butterflies.

For directions to the gallery or more information, call the Knox Gallery at 949-5564.

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