- Egg Tempera -

"Egg tempera is pure powdered pigment mixed with an emulsion of egg yolk and water, applied with a brush to a wooden panel sized with gesso. It is applied in very thin layers, as in crosshatching, and it dries almost immediately. It takes years for the paint to fully mature and harden, but the paint retains its color and integrity for centuries."

"The most notable characteristic of egg tempera is an indefinable glow produced by the light penetrating and reflecting through the translucent layers of paint."

"Egg tempera requires an inflexible board, ( not canvas ), and is therefore not practical for large paintings. The maximum size that I attempt is 24x48."

"The great landscapes of the past were painted with oil, only a few in watercolor and to my knowledge none at all in egg tempera."

"I thought it would be interesting to paint a few egg tempera landscapes of my own."

               Don McMaster

note* (Egg Tempera was a primary method of painting, going back as far as the ancient Egyptians,
until after 1500 when it was superseded by the invention of oil painting.)