More and more the medium appeals to me because of its immediacy and simplicity as well as the easy cleanup. Even better, the paint can be squeezed onto a wet paper towel and covered to keep it moist. Casein will last several days under a tight cover that prevents the water from evaporating.
Here are a few casein sketches from the past few weeks. None of these was done in less than thirty minutes, but not much more than an hour.
|"Studio Windows 01," casein on panel, 6x8|
|"Studio Windows 02," casein on panel, 8x6|
In this painting the foliage outside the windows is a bit brighter because it was later in the day with more sun. The windows are exaggerated in height and more table top is visible, but the same clutter is still there, lighted by reflections from the trees and table top. The fun of this little sketch was catching how the light was reflected and transmitted by the various items on the table. Of particular interest were the golden liquids in some of the bottles of medium or oils.
|"Silver Creamer,"casein on panel, 4x6|
|"Philodendron in a Bottle," casein on panel, 8x6|
In the final sketch, also 6x8, the subject is a wine bottle with a philodendron vine growing out of it. This was painted over an old, failed oil sketch without any priming or sanding, simply to see how well the casein paint would adhere. It does a remarkable job of adhering and covering, as can be noted. The opacity let me paint a lighter layer over much darker oil paint. It did take a couple of coats to adhere well to the more oil-rich but dried painting below.
(Note: This is not generally a good painting practice, but I did it this way only to check adherence of the paint.)
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