Revisiting the Mische Technique

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In August of 2003, Roxana and I embarked on a journey to a small village in the Austrian Alps called Reichenau for a Visionary Artist workshop. Our mission was to learn a secret and ancient painting technique called Mische that had been resurrected by the contemporary visionary painter Ernst Fuchs.

The process is laborious involving extensive preparation of the board, a detailed egg tempera painting with meticulous layers of oil glazes. The origins of the mixed (mische) media method is attributed to the Flemish brothers Jan and Hubert van Eyck.

1. We prepared our ground by mixing powdered paint with ground is made with linseed oil and damar varnish. 

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2. We prepared the egg medium by adding equal amounts of painting medium (half linseed oil, half damar varnish) to a cracked egg then adding water.

Egg tempera preparation:

Pour a heaping teaspoonful of titanium white powder on a glass surface, then and add enough egg medium until the mixture is a consistency similar to yogurt. Next, grind the mixture until very smooth and even.

With a palette knife scrape the newly prepared egg tempera onto a small piece of damp sponge placed at the bottom of an airtight jar.

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1. Gesso the wood, canvas, or pressed wood masonite, in our case it was wood panel.

2. Permanent ink under drawing

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3. Apply the ‘ground’ also referred to as the imprimatura, this is an warm earth tone, usually a bright, brick red.

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4. Begin painting to hi-lite with the prepared egg tempera.


5. When the egg tempera is bone dry we begin with the first glaze in yellow, allow to dry for a few days or longer.


6. A second hi-light phase with tempera is now applied. 

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7. When this layer is bone dry, apply the second blue glaze (Cerulean, ultramarine or cobalt depending on the affect you are after). The process continues…

Based on notes and Brigid Marlins website.

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Winter is Coming


Winter is Coming, (detail) mixed media. Model- Lara Pydde. Soon to be a new print.

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The Eyes of the Unicorn 10th Anniversary Sale


Ten years ago my first illustrated children’s picture book, “The Eyes of the Unicorn” was printed. I am celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a one of kind sale.

“The Eyes of the Unicorn,” is an enchanting, magical tale of a girl’s love, a hunt for a unicorn and the transformation of her friends heart. It was written by Teresa Bateman, and published in 2007 by Holiday House in New York. When I was commissioned to create the illustrations the goal was to bring a cinematic flavor to the book which was unique in the children’s market at the time, yet keep a classical foundation. The book found its audience, but it is now out of print.

This sale is an opportunity to own the evolution of the book’s imagery, and more.

You will receive:

– Seventeen (mostly 8.5″x11″) pencil sketches (includes pagination notes)
– Eighteen printed Color Comps (8.5″x11″ rough color representations of the final art, includes alternate cover designs)
– Original printers proofs from China
– One signed book with a drawing
-The last archival, signed, 20″ x 30″ giclee of “Bliss” (Tanisa with the Unicorn lying in her lap, $500 value).
– One of the last remaining “The Eyes of the Unicorn,” limited edition card sets.
– A one on one conversation with me to learn about the makings of the book. We will talk about the ideas behind the images, the process and evolution of the art, challenges working with the publisher, the secret alchemical symbolism that I integrated into the book, and more.

This entire collection is $2000.00. Go HERE to purchase.

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All in all, this is a comprehensive one of a kind collection of personal sketches, and printed art highlighting the making of this special picture book. If you are a lover of children’s stories, the creative process, and the timeless power of unicorns, you and your kids will enjoy this journey.

This entire collection is $2000.00. Go HERE to purchase.

It will be shipped in two separate packages for its protection. Shipping and insurance will be $50.00.

The Eyes of the Unicorn book reviews:

“This is a beautiful book with wonderful illustrations and an uplifting message. Great for all ages and anyone who loves unicorns.”

“There are many books that do not meet the sense of magic and wonder and heart that this book does, and there are many that miss-the-mark completely on the whole mythos of unicorn-dom. This one doesn’t. It’s a jewel! and has the rich illustrations to match the beautiful, edifying story.”

“Greg Spalenka is an artist whose work transcends the ordinary while breathing life into the universal.
The artist’s skill is equal to his understanding of human emotion, historical tradition and the power of myth.
Exquisitely beautiful.”

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Moving Sale

After living in Woodland Hills for 27 years– I am moving! Just sold the
house and may be heading to Santa Fe, NM. With the intention of making
the load lighter before this new adventure there will be a huge garage sale this weekend.

Saturday and Sunday (July 15 & 16)
8am – 2pm

16771 Addison Street
Encino, CA

Addison Street is between Balboa Blvd. and Petite Ave.,
Just north of Ventura Blvd., south of the 101 FWY.

Items include:
Vintage and contemporary furniture
Original paintings and prints
Musical instruments
Household Items
Kitchen items
and more!

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Vogue Skin

“Vogue Skin” was created for Mala Apothecary. Custom organic, hand crafted skin care and consultancy. Treat your skin as a precious Eden. Model- Kamilla Peters.

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The Gaze

“The Gaze,” charcoal, graphite, oil paint on board. Will be available at Chandeliers and Tulips in Agoura next week.

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La Dame Blanche Chesley Nominee

The La Dame Blanche image that was created for Roxana Illuminated Perfume has been nominated for a Chesley Award for Best Product Illustration. You can view the nominees HERE and vote on the ASFA (Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists) site HERE, but you must be a member to vote.

See the actual banner HERE. 

I am honored to be included with Donato Giancola, Clark Huggins, John Picacio, and Cynthia Sheppard for this award.

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Painting Angels

“Painting Angels,” (detail), Mixed media.

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Meditation in the Desert

May your Easter meditations resurrect your Christ Consciousness.

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“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.” ~John Keats

A short video for Roxana Illuminated Perfume’s new edition of Blossom… pure botanical perfume.

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