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Tempera-mental painter teaches class in Langley

Limone, by Anne Belov. -
Limone, by Anne Belov.
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Whidbey artist Anne Belov will demonstrate and answer questions regarding traditional egg tempera, a medium that has survived for centuries.

Belov will be teaching a class, “Introduction to Egg Tempera,” April 12 through 14 at the Whidbey Fine Art Studio in Langley.

Egg tempera has been used since 12th-14th century Italy. When artists paint with egg tempera in the traditional manner, mixing egg yolk with pure, dried pigments, they get very rich color because there is no filler in the pigment.

“Like watercolor and acrylic, egg tempera dries fairly fast so you can quickly layer brushstrokes to build up the color,” Belov said. “The layering process gives egg temperas a softer look than oils. The method of painting is more like drawing, so you have a lot of control as well. Some of my favorite modern masters of the medium are Koo Schadler and Fred Wessel.”

Belov studied with Wessel last summer in Italy.

“Although I had worked in egg tempera before, studying with Wessel has given me a new understanding and appreciation for the medium,” she said.

Belov will demonstrate all the steps that go into an egg tempera. She will bring some paintings in various stages of completion and work on one in the middle phase.

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