Monday, August 15, 2011

Demo Painting Continued

The Saratoga demo starts
Terry Lindsey, of Equidae Gallery, invited me to do a demonstration of how I work in Casein paint and to tell about this much misunderstood milk based water medium. I hope I was able to dispel some fear that folks have about Casein, a paint medium that lost artists' interest when acrylic came into being. I have worked in acrylic, sometimes mixing Casein with acrylic in my mixed media works...but for the most part Casein is my favourite medium, and the majority of works done by me, and collected by collectors of my work, is done in casein...pure and simple. Casein, a clean milk based water–soluble medium requires no strong solvents. Because of that, I am comfortable using it in my home based studio. And because it dries quickly to a velvety, matte finish and over time, it becomes resistant to moisture,  it is possible to lay on a glaze and move onto the next stage within a few hours instead of waiting for days,like I do with my oil paints....or even watercolor. Did I say I like Casein?

I explained how I work in Oil on copper versus Casein on canvas.

Demo #1

All most done...or done? I need to put it against the wall for a bit,then look again!

This shows a bit how one of the caseins progressed. I turned it into an oil pastel painting when I got home. I don't know why. Maybe just because I could. I think it is done now. I will know that it is in a few days....after looking at it a while.Or NOT looking at it for a while!!
In the mean time my sunflowers are growing!!!

copyright 2011 Kathi Peters


Jenny Schouten Short said...

What kind of milk do you use? What is the ratio to water? Do you mix it with dry pigments? I've never tried it.

Happy Little Trees Studio said...

Looks like everyone was exciting to be there. Great painting and love the sunflowers!

Kpeters said...

Jenny,You don't need to mix milk,etc.I have casein emulsion that you can mix with dry pigments and voila! Or you can buy the paint in a tube .Look for casein paint Richeson Casein by Shiva.Have fun!

Kpeters said...

Hi Kim,Yes I think I turned a lot of folks into casein "addicts!" Going into my caseins right now! To work!