Hi everyone. My name is Maestra Antonia di Lorenzo, and I hail from the fair kingdom of Lochac. My persona is a 14th century Italian court artist. I am looking forward to learning lots from this site.
My main interest is medieval panel painting in egg tempera and the technical aspects of paints, glues and varnishes, but I have dabbled in many other areas pertaining to court artistry including designing and building a small fire-breathing dragon automaton. Currently I am extending my work into making the panels and other things to be painted using more traditional techniques (ie less use of power tools and modern glues) and am building up a tool chest of medieval style tools to use for this. I've recently joined the Australian hand tool preservation society to learn more about making and looking after older style tools.
I have a blog where I show off my projects, and on the site are downloadable versions of the documentation for my A&S projects, workshop notes on topics such as egg tempera painting, working with gesso and glue making, and the medieval trivia column I write for our baronial newsletter. There is also a 6-minute video on YouTube showing the dragon and how it works. The links for these two are: