Bird Skull

Years ago I took an egg tempera class.  It was a great class but I was not really into painting traditional icons.  I was not only able to adapt the technique to my own style but I found a wonderful book by Koo Schadler, that helped me greatly.   Koo’s technique is based on many old masters that were able to successfully blend egg tempera with oil painting.  My painting is egg tempera with oil glazes. 

I don’t normally use my egg tempera supplies mostly because it is so difficult and time consuming but after investing hundreds of dollars, I felt that it was time to try using them again.  It really as been years.

The Latin is “you will die”, and was inspired by a Hans Memling painting of a human skull.  I love the ruby “third eye” stone.