2018-09-10 Ladd’s Addition, late spring

2018-09-10 Ladd’s Addition, 11in x 14in, casein and gouache on cold pressed watercolor paper

While working on this one, I was reminded of one of the reasons I went away from painting with gouache: the white disappears as it dries. So I ended up switching midway through to casein white.

The primary issue I’d been having with casein, prompting a return to gouache, is the lack of availability of a yellow that isn’t cadmium-based; I’m avoiding heavy metal pigments on principle.

Now that I’ve mixed gouache with casein, it seems to me that the gouache possibly mixes better than two caseins together.  More experimenting is called for…

2018-07-10 Lone Fir Cemetery, spring

2018-07-10 Lone Fir Cemetery, spring, 11in x 14in, casein on cold pressed watercolor paper

After a couple of weeks, much too long a time, I’m back to painting landscapes again.  I’d run out of paper and it took that long before I was able to get ahold of more.  I accidentally bought cold pressed rather than hot pressed watercolor paper, though. It’s the Dick Blick brand and appears to be smoother than Arches, the brand of cold pressed paper I’ve used before.  I haven’t decided if I like it as well as hot pressed paper yet.