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Old 01-25-2018, 10:53 PM
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Sunflowers on a White Cloth - casein



Sunflowers on a White Cloth; casein tempera on Claybord panel; 10" x 8"

Painted from a photo I took last fall - I needed to bask in a little warmth here in chilly Minnesota

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Re: Sunflowers on a White Cloth - casein

And it's very welcome for all of us who have had an extra cold winter! Just lovely!
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Re: Sunflowers on a White Cloth - casein

Very nice. I really like how finished this painting appears: the way that the shaded flower fades into the background while the sunlit flower jumps out. This is dazzling. Gary
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Thank you, AbA and Gary - much appreciated!

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Re: Sunflowers on a White Cloth - casein

Wow. I really like this one. The lights really pop out, which is one of the strengths of casein. I think you have gotten better at handling the darks too (as a side note, the darks have often been my problem in casein; most of the casein colors are brighter than other types of paint, so I sometimes have to rework the darks to get them dark enough. Now I think it is better to lay in the darks early on).
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I really get that feeling of the warm sun.
The flowers and vase look great.
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Re: Sunflowers on a White Cloth - casein

Thank you, Trond and Perry!

Darks are indeed a challenge in casein - as is the issue on whether or not to use Ivory Black - and how much. With this piece I initially laid out the entire painting in two values: Rose Red and Naples Yellow. (I'll add too that I paint on toned panels - 6 coats of Venetian Red casein allowed to dry at least 6 weeks.) After those two values/colors, I continued to refine the values, color and edges. Below is an intermediary stage for you to see:



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Thanks for the info Mary! I also like painting on casein grounds that have dried for a good while. It is much better than acrylic grounds, but heavy paper also works for me if I don't have the patience to make a casein ground
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This turned out beautifully.
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