Wednesday, February 14, 2018


tempera paint on cardstock

Tempera paint is the go-to paint of all Public High Schools.
It's one of the only supplies we can get from our district warehouses,
but my oh my,
 is it hard to work with!
It's not so bad if you are painting in a graphic hard edge technique that you want to be opaque,
other then the yellow being a bit too transparent.
But trying to paint realistically with it is a nightmare
 because it dries way to quickly before you are done with an area.
And if you go over that spot a second time,
 it just might dry and crack off.
The upside,
it washes off the brushes with soap and water.  
Showing the kids how to paint with Tempera is my most challenging demo that I do,
and every year I stress over it.
My second most difficult demo is getting a clay chamber to whistle
(just in case you were wondering)  
for this assignment subject matter was up to the kids
just as long as they moved it as well as fore and backgrounds thru each colors value ranges. 

I adored this first one by junior Tiffany Chen for several reasons.
I am a lover of cacti and succulents so her subject was right up my alley.
 And I was so impressed with how she painted that very difficult patina on the sides of the pots
 with as much value and texture as she did.
Also the fact that she painted this in a peaceful setting 
and the colors she chose to work with are all highly appealing.
Bravo young woman!

For the kids that were anxious to get started and didn't want to think or find a subject,
they were allowed to use a sphere.
So here we have junior Sarah Oh & 8th grader Ashley Gong.
Both these girls have so much artistic talent,
and both pieces are well done,
but I sure would have loved to see what they could have done with another subject.

We all enjoyed the subject that junior Varisha Azmi chose.
She is mixing and moving the paint really well with many wonderful highlights.
I also like how her subject goes off the paper on both top and bottom.
So scale played an important role in the arrangement of this composition.

Next we have juniors Gauri Deshpande &  Julie Guan.
I love how the soft turquoises and oranges pulls these two together 
even though they are completely different.
Another reason they are so pretty
 is that the oranges and turquoises are a complimentary color scheme 
and automatically will look fabulous together.
It's so crucial to understand color before you use it in an art piece. 

Lastly we have juniors Maddy Uchiyama & Mary Kim.
Maddy choose a difficult subject to bring in with her sphere,
the steps.
She had to make sure the perspective was correct as well as the lighting.
I also like she has created a sense of bounce by the circling around the sphere.
And Mary delights us with her ladybug and Vincent Van Gogh sky.

Congrats to all of you for doing a great job with a killer medium.


  1. My morning stroll ...

    Sarah's peanut gallery ...
    Ashley's glowing colors ...
    Varisha's subtle blending contrasted by the sharply lined pennants ...
    Guari's sphere could be resting in a Georgia O'Keeffe landscape ...
    Julie's cactus leaning into the sun ...
    Maddy's ball fairly bouncing ...
    Mary's ladybug reflecting the stars ...

    But the first shall be last as Tiffany's still life belies the medium in which it was worked. Amazing colors and subtlety of detail ... in school house tempera! So well done!!

  2. Here, here, as always Liz you find the best in each work. Thank you!