Discovering my own technique
Experimenting to find a way to escape the rather flat and chalky looking Renaissance paintings, built up with tiny brush strokes. To find my own response to this tricky medium that is impossible to rework, slow to prepare and fast to dry. How to end up with light filled images.
Rather than mixing colour on a palette as with Oil paints, it's about applying thin, transparent layers of egg tempera - each layer shines through the next. So blue laid over yellow turns a superb green on the panel. This importance of underlying pigments is exactly described in Cinnino Cennini's C15th artist manual. Perhaps I adapted rather than abandoned the Renaissance methods after all.
Applying and rubbing through - out of this process emerges the painting. I like to lose the brush strokes entirely, using found tools, a feather or a smooth piece of bone to work the colour. Depicting water with such an aquatic and slippery medium seem appropriate.