Why Do You Paint Telephone Poles?
Answer: I like the stuff we normally overlook. We tune them out of our ordinary habitual awareness, but we'll be nostalgic for them when they're gone.
Watch the painting being made on my Gumroad tutorial "Casein Painting in the Wild."
Using a Yellow Underpainting
Can you take casein on an airplane?
Hunters and Gatherers
Painting a Backlit Parked Car in Casein
I painted this casein study while Jeanette was in the market, so I had about 45 minutes.
I took a gamble on the car staying parked, and lost the gamble twice, but kept going anyway.(Link to video)
Using Casein Over a Pretextured Canvas Board
You can see more casein paintings on the Casein playlist on my YouTube channel or the "casein" search term on this blog.Jack Richeson 37-Ml Artist Casein Colors, Set of 12
Shopping for Veggies
So I worked from photos while I painted my wife Jeanette. This one is in casein, and I captured the process in this YouTube video.
Gurney tutorials on Gumroad
Painting a Postal Service Delivery Truck
What is the history and future of the USPS delivery trucks? I do the job of sketch-reporter to find out. (Link to YouTube view)
Can You Varnish Casein?
"I love watching your videos and have purchased a few of your “In the Wild” series. I am greatly inspired by you and have built a sketchbook easel, started painting in casein and have went out into the wild to paint all thanks to you. I have one question about varnishing casein, I read on your blog you use spray on varnish - is this to avoid smudging once dry?
Also, how long should I wait before varnishing a casein painting? Will a couple days after it is dry to the touch be sufficient or is there a longer curing process to avoid cracking? Thanks so much for your knowledge and infectious passion!"
|Incident on Kelly Street, casein on board, winner of the NSPCA Award|
Keep in mind that casein paintings are not usually varnished. The matte surface is an attractive quality, especially in high key paintings. The manufacturers suggest buffing the surface of a dry painting using an old T-shirt to add some semi-gloss luster to the surface.
You should wait a couple of days before varnishing and during that time, put the painting in a warm place to make sure the paint is fully dry. The glue-like protein binder gets stronger over time. The best defense against cracking is to make sure you paint on panel or illustration board. If you paint on watercolor paper, don't use thick impastos, because casein does not have a strong emulsion.
As with any unconventional technique, experiment first on a scrap and make sure it does what you want.
The painting is documented on my feature tutorial Fantasy in the Wild
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Previously on GJ: Painting a Magical Light Effect