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Old 02-06-2018, 09:15 PM
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I've periodically "lurked" on these forums and often found them to be a very useful resource for information and wanted to say "Hi!" and offer a little introduction.

I've been exploring painting and illustrating quite a bit over the last couple of years and have settled predominantly on Casein as my medium of choice - though I still play around with oils sometimes with mixed success (I react very badly to the solvents) and often use Gouache when I plein air paint. I am intrigued by egg tempura, so may give it a try. I've used the Richeson Shiva Caseins, but am also curious about making my own paints.

I've attached a couple of recent illustrations I've painted in Casein to this note (if I attached them correctly). If you are curious, more can be seen at my website: chuckgrieb.com.

I have explored varnishing my Caseins on occasion, though tend not to do so as often any longer.
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Welcome Chuck,

Wow - your work is fantastic! As someone who paints from life, I'm always amazed at imaginative work that looks so believable. I love your anthropomorphized animals. You've really captured their gestures and expressions - and all the while handling the paint with such finesse. Bravo!

Here's a post on Charley Parker's blog on casein you may enjoy: http://linesandcolors.com/2016/12/01...-casein-paint/

Looking forward to seeing more of your work here,
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Mary,

Thank you! I use plenty of reference, sometimes even building models, so even though it may look like I'm "making it up", success still entails a lot of painting from life.

And thank you for the link! That was a very informative blog post and the comments on the post proved even more educational!

Chuck
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Welcome Chuck,

You have some nice stuff there so keep them coming.
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Welcome, Chuck, I really like your paintings! You certainly don't have any problems with blending.

Hope you show us more of your work.
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Boafamily and Artist_By_Accident - Thank you! If you are interested, you can see a few more examples of my work at this link (http://chuckgrieb.com/) and I'll be sure to post more as I make 'em! For those interested, I also have some fairly extensive process posts you can find on my blog, one of which can be found here:
https://chuckimation.tumblr.com/post...race-pt-1-of-3

I've actually found Casein to be very forgiving. The more I work with it, the more flexible I find it to be.

I do of wish there were more options in so far as ready to use resources as the color selection from Richeson is limited and I can relate to some of the varied quality concerns I've read others have experienced (thick/dried out paint with some tubes/colors and very watery paint from others). I have tried mixing watercolors and gouache with Casein Emulsion to expand my palette with mixed results. I may try making some of my own Casein paint and see how that changes my perspective.

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