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Old 12-29-2016, 04:41 PM
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Flowers Underpainting

This is a start of a painting I am working on from my own reference of some flowers outside my apartment complex.



I worked up the composition quickly and have blocked in the area quickly, I will worry about refining it later but wanted to get the major shapes and flow of color in place. This is on cardboard that has begun to warp slightly from the casein paint, which is normal, but this painting is just a little something for myself for practice so I am not terribly concerned with how long it lasts (or I would have painted it on a more durable surface).

Working in Casein is a real joy, I love the fact that I can reactivate areas to rework as I see fit for the next few days, and my palette (of all 3 of my colors, Burnt Umber, Titanium White, and Ultramarine Blue) has been staying good for the past 3 days in a stay wet palette.

I used only a number 2 flat hog hair bristle brush for this so far, with my only medium being water. Casein has been the most wonderful kind of paint I have used besides oils, being everything I like about painting in other mediums without the drawbacks of any particular medium. Wish I had found it a decade ago as it is quickly becoming my go to medium for sketching, underpainting, and studies.
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Old 12-30-2016, 12:23 PM
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Re: Flowers Underpainting

Nice! It looks pretty good as-is. I'll be curious to see what you so with it.

It's almost a grisaille at this point, which makes me wonder if glazes can be done in casein?
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Old 12-30-2016, 03:30 PM
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Re: Flowers Underpainting

I'm pretty certain that thinned casein, diluting the color with either casein binder, an emulsion, or just water could be applied in very gradual washes over this to produce a very nice finished piece. I like to use oil over my Casein as I can do that in the same day without the casein mixing or lifting with my oil paint, effectively glazing in oils over a casein underpainting. I have begun that process already and some areas have needed considerable lightning as the grisaille effect is a touch too dark in areas, thus I have added some significant amounts of white to some of my colors. Most of the areas I've begun to work on though are just glazed with fairly pure colors, particularly a Quinacridone Rose for the petals. I will post a link to that when I get further along, but I wanted to get everything evenly covered in a glaze of oils before I show it.
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Re: Flowers Underpainting

I like the painterly nature of this grisaille. I saw your finished terrier and it worked great. I will look forward to seeing the final version of this painting. Gary
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II have begun that process already and some areas have needed considerable lightning as the grisaille effect is a touch too dark in areas, thus I have added some significant amounts of white to some of my colors.

I've tried to do a grisalle and glaze painting in alkyds, and both times I got way dark right out of the gate. I plan to try again at some point with awareness of that in mind.

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Most of the areas I've begun to work on though are just glazed with fairly pure colors, particularly a Quinacridone Rose for the petals. I will post a link to that when I get further along, but I wanted to get everything evenly covered in a glaze of oils before I show it.

Bet that q. rose looks awesome on the flower. Looking forward to updates!
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