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…
2018-09-03 Laurelhurst Park, summer, 11in x 14in, gouache on cold pressed watercolor paper
I created a blow-by-blow account of the painting process of this one:
2018-08-29 Laurelhurst Park, summer, 11in x 14in, gouache on cold pressed watercolor paper
I returned to gouache for this one and found I like the paint properties much better than casein. I seem to be able to manage the issue of reactivation if I let each layer dry thoroughly and save white mixtures for the very last.
2018-07-31 Laurelhurst Park, summer, 11in x 14in, casein on cold pressed watercolor paper
A view of Firwood Lake. This is the first painting in what should turn into a series of paintings of Laurelhurst Park.
2018-07-24 Lone Fir Cemetery, spring, 11in x 14in, casein on cold pressed watercolor paper
This is the last of the Lone Fir Cemetery series. Moving onward to someplace else and another time now.