Jim Morrison Icon

I swear I’ll go into more detail soon, but here is my newest work after loads of research and experimentation. Part of a larger research project this painting is part of my work to paint select members of the 27 Club in the style of Byzantine and Medieval icon paintings. When I went to London I got to see the icon of St. John the Baptist at the British Museum which was the main inspiration for Jim Morrison. I will be referencing St. George for Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin (the microphone stand has a really great angle like St. George’s lance). I used the panels I made from a previous post and then made my own egg tempera paint. I wanted to use materials that I had in my own environment, so instead of sourcing pigment powders which can get pretty expensive I used Kool-aid (the sugarless kind) with egg yolk to make my tempera paint. Once I worked out the colors I was able to get painting. I then applied gold leaf which really helped to bring the painting forward from the background. I’m still in a bit of shock that I was able to get this far. It does feel good though to have taken what I think is my biggest risk creatively and have something to show for it. I’m still pretty anxious about how it will be received and what all the paintings will look like, but I think I’m off to a good start.

Egg yolk is contained inside a membrane that needs to be broken to get to the good painting material.
Egg yolk is contained inside a membrane that needs to be broken to get to the good painting material.
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Breaking the membrane

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