|"Morning Joe," oil on hardboard, 6x4, 2010|
The picture to the right, Morning Joe, shows my morning coffee cup on a stainless steel table in the early morning light. I think I was most interested in the values and light plus how to just cool versus warm tones in a limited palette. Anyway that's how it looks now. Each of these Windowsill Works was a learning exercise.
But I haven't done any of those oil sketches lately. Instead I've continued to investigate casein. One of the beauties of casein, it seems to me, is it's fast drying. That makes casein a great medium for quick sketching. During these summer mornings, I've been sketching sails and sailing vessels using magazine references. The grace and swoop of sails against sky and clouds, land and horizon, has long
|"Racing," casein on hardboard, 6x4, 2017|
|"Trio of Racers," casein on hardboard, 4x6, 2017|
The beauty of casein is not only it's handling but also it's opacity. You can layer paint in quick succession yet still reactivate the paint briefly for a few minutes if you need to blend layers or edges. These are racing yachts in full sail both done in casein paint on 4x6 hardboard. Each of these was painted on a previously toned surface. You can see the intonaco peeping through in various places. Although these were done in the studio as morning exercises, it's easy to see how one could use casein in the field to quickly capture a fleeting moment.
The handling, again, is delightful.
Other posts about casein:
More on Milk Paint
Landscape in Casein