2019-07-03 Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, spring

landscape painting by Margaret M. Lin
2019-07-03 Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, spring, 11in x 14in, casein and gouache on watercolor paper

I decided to switch back to casein paint after a hiatus. I was missing its more subtle quality and forgetting all the medium’s shortcomings. The latter didn’t seem so bad on this run. We’ll see. I also used gouache for a few of the colors for purely technical and rather boring reasons.

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…