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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Red Fox, goldleaf and egg tempera

Red Fox, Egg tempera painting with goldleaf background.

5 x 7 on board

This painting of a red fox is done with techniques used in the creation of Italian Renaissance Altar pieces and Orthodox Icons. Trying to capture an accurate photo seems almost impossible, so I tried taking a number images but to me the beauty of the actual piece is still elusive. 

Scroll down to follow the ancient processes of creating this painting.


Red Fox
5x7 Egg tempera and goldleaf on panel
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Steps to create gold leaf and egg tempera painting

Starting with hardboard (Masonite) panels. These replace the wood panels used in the past. No problems with cracking. First they are sealed front and back with a hot gelatin size (really a thin glue)




After the sealer has thoroughly dried the panels are coated with layers of gesso. This is not the stuff that is sold in art stores, that is essentially an acrylic paint. True gesso is a mixture of chalk and glue. The glue, in this case the same gelatin mixture that was used to seal the panels is heated in a double boiler and the chalk carefully added and mixed to avoid forming lumps and air bubbles.




Multiple thin layers of warm gesso are brushed on.

These panels have seven layers built up.



After the gesso has hardened (these panels had dried for almost two weeks) the panels are polished with first a wet block of hardwood, then fine 2000grit sandpaper.

Using diluted India ink the image is drawn on the gessoed panel.

To prepare for the goldleaf, the areas to be gilded are covered with layers of bole, a mixture of very fine clay and yes, gelatin. It is brushed on warm and four or more layers are built up.



Once the bole has dried, the gilding can begin. An area of the bole is wetted using gilders liquor, a dilute alcohol mixture (in this case, 1/2 water and 1/2 Slivovitz brandy) The gold leaf is laid on the area of the wet bole which has be activited by the liquor.
Excess gold is carefully brushed off and the goldleaf is burnished to give it to a polished shine

Then the image is painted with egg tempera. The paint is mixed for each session using pure pigment powder, water and egg yolk. It is built up with layers of thin paint and tiny brush strokes. And next time I will take photos of the painting in progress. Here I am trying to show the look of the gold on the left hand side of the panel.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Prints, Keswick Horse Show

The 116th Keswick Horse Show has been cancelled along with so many others, Upperville and Deep Run. Here are prints of some painting that I had done at past shows. The original paintings were done on location at the show. Hope to be back next year.



Keswick Horse Show - Grandstand
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Keswick Horse Show - Judges stand
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Keswick, Jumps
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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

On the Beach

 Working in the studio, working in the (home) and thinking about: the mountains, the woods and the beach.  Walking along the beach, gathering shells with the grandkids. Time to rethink what is important now.  
Oil study on unstretched canvas, it can be matted and framed like a watercolor or print. 


 On the Beach, Gathering Shells
Oil on unstretched canvas (7 x 10 image fits a 11 x 14 mat)
$125. includes shipping


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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Prints, Sedgefield Horse Show

Here are some prints of paintings done at the Sedgefied Horse Show near Greensboro NC. With upcoming shows being canceled and the possiblity that the showgrounds will be sold by next year, these are most likely the last paintings I'll do of Sedgefield ad the Old Barn and old Stables



Ponies at the Old Barn, Sedgefield Horse Show
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Old Barn at Sedgefield
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Old Barn and Judges Stand, Sedgefield
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Jumps and Stables at Sedgefield
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The Striped Tent, Sedgefield
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Under the Trees, Stables at Sedgefield
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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Upperville Horse Show At the Ingate

A glorious June morning Under the Oaks at the Upperville Horse Show. Painted on location.

Ingate at Upperville Horse and Colt Show
8x10 oil on canvas
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Adding Prints 1 Foxhunt Blessing

 Going back over the image library of paintings and adding some prints to the shop. Here is a painting, originally a commission of the Blessing of the Hounds.


Blessing of the Hounds (Red Mountain)

Blessing of the Hounds (detail
11 x 14 print (9 x 12image)
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

The Dixon Oval at the Devon Horse Show was painted sitting by the entrance from the Gold Ring. Showing the jumps, the iconic Devon Blue architecture and including some rides from the Country Fair. Plus the Irises.

Devon Horse Show, Irises
8x10 Oil on Canvas
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Old Barn at Warrenton Horse Show

One of the stables at the Warrenton Horse Show. One of the great old Virginia horse shows.I really don't know how old they are, but I was able to do this painting before they were repainted all green. So this painting still shows the rusty red metal roofing and the wear and tear on the paint and boards. I know repainting was needed to help preserve them, but spraying everything the same color green doesn't have the same aesthetic.

 
Old Stable at Warrenton Horse Show
8x10 Oil on linen panel
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Sunday, March 22, 2020

More Deep Run Horse Show paintings


Two more paintings that were done on location at the Deep Run Horse Show.



Deep Run Horse Show, The Bales
8x10 Oil on linen panel
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Deep Run Horse Show, Grandstand
8x10 Oil on Canvas
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Deep Run Horse Show Plein Air Painting

The Deep Run Horse Show, An original one of a kind 8 x 10 oil painting on linen panel looking at the show grounds from the end of the ring. It was actually painted at that location, before the clouds massed up and became a summer thunderstorm.  I worked to create a rich depth of color, with strong brush strokes to achieve the overall feel of the painting! A moment in time.

Summer Day at Deep Run Horse Show
8 x 10 oil on linen panel
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Detail showing brushwork

Painting at the Deep Run Horse Show


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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Sedgefield Show Grounds Plein Air Painting

Sedgefield Horse Show, An original one of a kind 8 x 10 oil painting on linen panel looking at the show grounds from the end of the ring. It was actually painted at that location, before the clouds massed up and became a summer thunderstorm.  I worked to create a rich depth of color, with strong brush strokes to achieve the overall feel of the painting! A moment in time.





Sedgefield Showgrounds
8x10 oil on linen panel
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 I try to create beautiful, jewel like, but never garish, tones and colors in his impressionistic oil paintings. Always exploring both locations and techniques and materials, including making an oil painting medium (a 3 month long process!) that is non-toxic and incorporate it into my paintings. Many paintings are painted from life and outdoors (plein air) and just as many are special requests from collectors for paintings of their homes, barns, animals, child or a special quiet corner of a garden.

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Each painting is an original, one of a kind. Once it's sold, it is gone. Click on the button above to pay with paypal or credit card. Or contact me directly at: steve at sfilarsky.com

Continue on this journey with me and see what's in store for tomorrow.
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