#45, egg tempera on hand-toned paper, 15 x 15 in.
With this new group of drawings, I've returned to some stronger color relationships; my last group attempted much more subtle ones. For the background of #45 I used viridian green with a bit of titanium white added, in several layers. I use a glue size medium to tone the paper, a solution of food-grade gelatin and water, to which I add pigment, usually powdered.
#46, egg tempera on hand-toned paper , 15 x 15 in.
I've always found yellow a difficult color to work with because it is so strident, so when I toned the paper I used some ochre to deepen the hue and lessen its harshness. I think that the transparent hues of green and orange aren't bad with the yellow.
#47, egg tempera on hand-toned paper, 15 x 15 in.
I have used the motif of overlapping hexagons before, but this time I added lines to delineate the diamond shapes that occur....
....and I added additional layers of transparent color to separate the shapes. I used a thin layer of white on the upper right green and lower left blue diamonds; I darkened the other outside diamonds with a thin layer of blue. It was a very simple way to create more complexity.
#48, egg tempera on hand-toned paper, 15 x 15 in.
This final piece is more subtle, with a pale blue and very transparent sienna layered background. I tried to pick up the colors of the toned paper in the rectangular shape at the center. I glazed a layer of a darker sienna on the top half of the rectangle; underneath is the painted blue rectangle and the blue of the toned paper. I love the way egg tempera makes it so easy to achieve luscious and varied color effects.