April 20, 2010
The Luminous Brush: Painting with Egg Tempera
I'm very happy to announce that my instructional book, The Luminous Brush: Painting with Egg Tempera is now available for free online and as a PDF download. I first learned to use egg tempera when I moved to Vermont in 1994 after 3 years of teaching in California; I'd wanted to use the medium for a long time, inspired by Quattrocento Italian panel paintings––which I wrote about in this blog post––and finally had the time to devote to it. After working with tempera for five years, I put together a book proposal because there was no current book on egg tempera technique. My technique––for instance see this post on brushstrokes––and my work has changed over the years, and I would write a different book now, but it is useful for a detailed look at the history and current practice of egg tempera, with lots of step by step illustrations.
The Luminous Brush has been out of print for a couple of years and the rare used copies that show up online are terribly expensive, so I decided to send a copy of the book to Google Books for scanning. The online version of the book is rather washed out and fuzzy, but the PDF download (click on "PDF" on the upper right of the screen) is excellent. It is a large file, so will take a few minutes to download. I recommend viewing it on the latest version of the Adobe Reader, which you can download for free here.
The link to The Luminous Brush online is above at "free online...." and here.
*May 11 Update: The PDF version of the book hasn't been available for a while, but it is now online live!
*March 10 Update: The Luminous Brush is now available as an ebook for $8.