Flower Pots at Heathcote

Flower Pots at Heathcote
9x12 acrylic on canvas

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Starting over......

Sometimes the strangest things happen and the more I painted on the egg tempera painting I started the other day, the more trouble I had with it!

I have always primed my hardboard myself with gesso, putting on about 4 to 6 coats of gesso, going in different directions and sanding between coats until it is smooth as silk. This time I bought some pre-primed panels. The ad in Dick Blick catalog suggested for egg tempera.

I am using ready made egg tempera from Rowney and Sennelier.

The paint would just not stick to the surface!!It was totally impossible. Even after 2 days of drying, a damp brush would pick up the pigment! So I primed my own panel and it is taking the paint beautifully (the bottom one). I can't tell you the time I spent on the top one, and the bottom one so far I have done maybe 30 minutes of painting. Well, things like this happen and we learn things. I know for certain...I will not be using factory primed panels again! I will show you my progress on this tomorrow. Cheers!


  1. There you go, that's years of experience talking now...!

  2. It's a shame about the panel you bought not doing what it said it would do. So annoying when that happens. Looking foward to your painting when you've finished, its looking good.