On the top are casein bubbles. The bottom is watercolor. Adding in white highlights with casein almost seems like cheating after the effort it takes preserving white paper when painting with watercolor.
All of these are painted in my 3.5″x5″ Pentalic sketchbook or on 4″x6″ postcards from a block of Fluid 140 lb. cards. The second set and the farm scenes were painted en plain air.
Here’s the only casein painting I’ve done recently. It’s also 4″x6″ and on a postcard block of 300 lb. paper by Fluid.
No casein this week, but I’ve painted watercolor en plein air (3.5″x5″):
I’ve also painted in my 9″x12″ journal quite a bit over the past week. This one I did en plein air:
The one on the left was done in a very dimly-lit room while a storm rolled in. I find the colors strange and moody:
This is based on a picture my husband took:
And here are four seasons:
I ordered the color theory six pack of Richeson casein, even though it included orange and violet, two colors I can mix. The other four colors made the price a bargain, since purchasing each tube individually would run nearly double the cost. Those four colors are Shiva phthalo green, ultramarine blue, cad yellow, and rose red.
The wonder of mixing greens! Plus, my all-time favorite color is probably ultramarine blue. So, now I have two blues, yellows, and reds. Those, plus white, black, orange, and violet, will keep me happy for a long time.
Here’s an older journal page with the original James Gurney six pack. You can see how many shades of green I achieved with all variations of yellow ochre, cobalt blue, raw umber, and white.
This is a barn I’ve painted in watercolor twice before. The beautiful, old silo has been removed since the last one.