brutti_ma_buoni (brutti_ma_buoni) wrote in photo_scavenger,


So... what's happening here? It's from last summer's study school in history of art. We were studying late medieval techniques and technical art history. And one afternoon, they made us Do Art. Not - as you can see - original art. We were using medieval techniques, gesso-covered panels, tracing outline drawings with charcoal (which works really well - we had only a couple of artily competent types with us, but most of these are recognisable copies of a medieval underdrawing), and then playing with different types of paint (tempera and oil), grinding our own pigments (lapis, malachite and I can't remember what the red is). Fascinating stuff, and eye-opening, especially the egg tempera. It was a baking July day, and we could barely paint two strokes before it dried out (the pale blue, which more or less vanishes as we had to water it so much to get the paint to move). The oil paint is also interesting, because it changes colour with time. This bluey green is now grass green on my own panel (yes, we got to take them home). Not all study has to be from books!
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