Month: May 2017

Watercolor for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

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Vergós Group - Saint Augustine Meditates on the Trinity when the Child Jesus Appears before him - Google Art Project

Vergós Group – Saint Augustine Meditates on the Trinity when the Child Jesus Appears before him. 1470-1486

This past week Gwyneth Thompson-Briggs was asked to complete a privately commissioned painting of St. Augustine for a priest who has an upcoming audience with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Champaigne, Philippe de - Saint Augustin - 1645-1650

Philippe de Champaigne – Saint Augustine. 1645-1650

The costume is based on gothic depictions of St. Augustine wearing cope, gloves, and mitre over an Augustinian habit. He is shown holding a flaming heart – a symbol also incorporated by the great artist, Philippe de Champaigne.

A habit and vestments were borrowed from Fr. Peter Gori, O.S.A., Fr. John Brancich, F.S.S.P., and the Diocese of Manchester. After completing several sketches of the model wearing the individual elements, the finished painting emerged.  St. Augustine bends over his Confessions while clutching a flaming heart.  The finished watercolor is 5 x 8 inches, mounted in a a vintage 11 x 15 inch frame.

Koo Schadler and “Traditional” gesso in a bottle!

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Koo Schadler is an artist who does amazing work in egg tempera. Not only that, she is very generous about sharing her knowledge. Her website has a lot of great information.

She recently wrote about a new product from www.naturalpigments.com called Rublev Colours Tempera Ground

I had one failed attempt at creating traditional icon boards and some day, when I get time, I want to try again. This product looks like it would be a way to get into creating egg tempera panels without such an investment of time and patience.

I highly recommend Koo Schadler’s Egg Tempera Painting book and perusing the wonderful work on her website. (a sample below)

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