Based on a photo by Andrew Medichini.
Egg tempera on gesso-prepared wood panel.
A friend just emailed me this, I haven’t seen it in ten years. It’s from an icon painting retreat I did in 2007 at a convent in Arundel. Our teacher, a sweet Chinese nun, taught us how to make up our paints from egg yolks and powdered natural pigments. It was all very medieval. No idea where the icon is now. I gave mine away.
Acrylic on canvas. 20 x 12 inches. Commission.
Acrylic on canvas. 12 x 16 inches.
Acrylic on canvas. 16 x 12 in. Based on press photographs.
More cheating — I’ve discovered acrylic markers. The Liquidex ones come in two thicknesses; these are the thin ones. Brilliant for lettering and fine details where even using a fine brush would be clumsy. Only trouble is the colours can’t be mixed, so they’re only really useful where pure colours are needed. As in this Louis Vuitton pattern.