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Painting Final: Coffee at the Window

February 19, 2018

There’s some cleaning up needed and lines to be straightened out, but I’ll still call this a final version.

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Paul Clemons, Rest in Peace

February 14, 2018

As I mentioned awhile back, I have been dealing with a family matter, and as I’ve dropped behind a little on posts of late, I wanted to show why with a small tribute. My older brother, Paul, recently passed away. This is a photo of him taken by my Mother in his younger, rock star days. “When your pants are tight, you’re gonna be all right.”

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Painting Update 4: Coffee at the Window

February 6, 2018

A little further along. I’ve painted in her figure and left hand, started on the sink area, and retouched the background in a couple places.

If you look closely in the dark area of her figure you can see a few sprinkles of raindrops that got to it as I took this photo. Fortunately, they evaporated quickly without any damage when I dashed back inside.

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Painting Update 3: Coffee at the Window

January 30, 2018

Here’s an update on the painting. I’ve gotten her face and hair, and the window painted. I need to darken the back wall, but I’ll wait until I get the rest painted in first.

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Considering Selling the Casein Paint I Make

January 20, 2018

I continue to be wrapped up in a family crisis, so I haven’t yet gotten back to my painting, but hope to tomorrow. In the meantime, I made up some more casein paint yesterday. This time I made some yellow ochre.

It came out very good. The paper shows a thin wash, and an undiluted sample painted over a black sharpie ink marker. I decided to use my last empty 45ml tube instead of the new 37s I got recently.

All this paint I’ve been making has got me wondering if anyone would be interested in buying some tubes of paint from me. Right now I have a bunch of burnt umber, titanium white, red oxide, and this yellow ochre. I have a few small jars of other colors, but can easily get more. I could put together a “basic set” of six tubes, such as what Richeson does with their caseins. I’m sure I could affordably sell it for $15 to $20, and possibly individual tubes as well for $3 or $4. That would be much cheaper then Richeson. Not sure how I would market them. Perhaps an Etsy page, or a Go Fund Me project would work. Does this sound like something any of you would be interested in? If so, please leave me some feedback.

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Painting Update 2: Coffee at the Window

January 17, 2018

I’ve been preoccupied lately with a family matter, and will remain so for awhile, so progress on this will be slow, but I’ll try to squeeze in time as I can. Not a too much new on this update to show, just the tiles on the back wall have been added.

One thing I wanted to mention about working in casein that I can use this as and example regards later varnishing procedures. After a various length of time, casein paint will cure to a point that it can be varnished by first adding a protection isolation coat. For that I use an acrylic medium from Liquitex called Gloss Medium and Varnish. Before I apply that, I like to test the casein paint surface to make sure the acrylic medium won’t disturb the paint. In this painting there are scrap areas above and below on the paper surface that will be trimmed off. I can use the paint on that area to test the acrylic. If such a space isn’t available, I can just paint a separate scrap piece of paper when I finish the painting, or paint on the back. That way the paint sample will cure for the same amount of time. If the casein is not disturbed I can safely apply the acrylic isolation coat, and once that dries I can continue to apply two coats of an acrylic-safe varnish. I find that 3 to 4 months is the average amount of time to wait for casein to properly cure, but it may take less time depending on the thickness of the paint.

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Empty Paint Tubes Arrived

January 15, 2018

The empty paint tubes I ordered arrived on Saturday. I got 24 37ml tubes for $20 including shipping from Cheap Joe’s. I used one of them to hold the red oxide paint I made a few days ago. I’ll need to make up some yellow ochre soon, I think.