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Sweet Meadow Deer of Sonoma Mountain Painting in Casein

Date
Sep, 06, 2020
Meadow Deer in Fog
Meadow Deer in Fog

This painting is a diversion into casein. It works for now…

Casein is water based paint that contains… CASEIN! Casein is made from milk protein. You can read more about it here.  As you might expect from milk paint, it has a lovely creaminess and is versatile when creating effects one cannot attain with watercolor, acrylic or gouache. {at least I can’t!}

I was inspired to paint Meadow Deer from the actual deer that graze the pastures below our house.

deer sunset
meadow deer

I may paint another now that I’ve learned more about the tricks of the medium. To paint over the top of a painting with a hazy wash like casein seems to demand that the painting be done and completely dry. That takes several days. I am not a patient woman!

meadow deer in casein
Sunset Deer in Meadow Before Casein Addition 

My white-tail deer are not the color of chocolate but I was finished with the painting as far as they went!!  Adding the creamy white casein resulted in the muted shades of the the final painting at the top. It is close to what they look like rather than the darker deer above. 🙂 

Better to give it another try, another time. This painting now hangs in my home.

Casein is a lovely medium and quite easy to use as well, after a few tries and a wee bit of patience. It is easier than acrylic, a medium I’ve used many times but am not fond of it’s quick drying time. Casein dries slowly and can be opaque or very thinly washed on. My deer painting has a transparent acrylic underpainting of orange and pink.

To read about all watermedia, watercolor, gouache, casein, and acrylic, visit artist Stephen Quiller’s site. He is the master of watermedia, based in Colorado.  So many books, dvds and supplies are always available on his gallery site, Quiller Gallery in Colorado. I suggest you take a peak at Mr. Quiller’s site if you are interested in learning about watermedia because it’s chock-full of all kinds of goodies, including paintings and artworks. You may also find his books and DVDs on Amazon.

Enjoy!

Stephen Quiller, casein + acrylic
By Stephen Quiller, casein + acrylic

Color is the most emotional element that we, as painters, have. And if it is used well, color can go a long way toward expressing an artist’s intention or enhancing a mood.
~Stephen Quiller

34 Comments

  1. smilecalm

    04/19/2015

    such inspired
    natural beauty 🙂

    • ĽAdelaide

      04/19/2015

      Thank you kindly for your lovely comment. 🙂

  2. SAN_jeet

    04/19/2015

    super example of good work

    • ĽAdelaide

      04/19/2015

      Thank you so much and welcome to my part of the world. 🙂

  3. Mary

    04/19/2015

    Beautiful painting, filled with life and positive energy – love the playfulness of the scene Linda.

    • ĽAdelaide

      04/19/2015

      Thanks Mary… trying to get back into my art again, slowly but surely. And my blog… xxx

  4. SwittersB

    04/19/2015

    Layer upon layer of beauty…much like you!

    • ĽAdelaide

      04/19/2015

      Thank you so much! 😊

  5. mehrlich125

    04/19/2015

    Lovely colors and movement!

    • ĽAdelaide

      04/28/2015

      oh my, your comment got lost somehow but i found it tonight. i’m glad you liked the painting. casein is a fun medium to try! 🙂

  6. janellmithani

    04/19/2015

    Wonderful painting and photograph! I have thought about trying out casein. Glad you shared that you can under paint with acrylics. Love how your art is always so colorful! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

    • ĽAdelaide

      04/19/2015

      Hi Janell… thanks for your kind comment. It’s good to be painting again, albeit fitfully… hoping to regain my health one of these days. i hope you try casein… you will love it if you like the textural quality and using gouache. it’s very similar.

  7. victoria Olson O'Donnell

    04/19/2015

    Beautiful Paintings!!! I love the vivid colors and shapes.

    • ĽAdelaide

      04/19/2015

      Hi Victoria… thank you for your kind comment about my paintings. I adore color and have to have about three palettes going at all times. 🙂

  8. arnly

    04/19/2015

    I love this! And I love how you got to it, with the slightly pushed photo of the most ephemeral moment of the day. I’m also an admirer of Stephen Quiller’s work. His unique use of color (the first time I saw it) reminded me of your work. I wonder if he also tastes the world through his eyes…

    • ĽAdelaide

      04/21/2015

      Hi Steve…always good to see you again! interesting you too love quiller’s work. i do believe he IS the master when it comes to using watermedia of all kinds. have you noticed how he does his sweet sheep😊 and that he always “must” include a few? That made me think of you 😀

      i have all his books and his dvd’s, collected over the years. i have no idea how i came across him all those years ago but he has definitely helped me see color a bit more constructively, not so all-over-the-map as i once was.

      hoping all is well in your world!

      • arnly

        05/05/2015

        I will have to look up his books! Unlike you, I think I could use some stretching when it comes to my colors… I feel too constrained. And I DID notice his sheep that show up SO often. I love them. I made peace with mine.

      • ĽAdelaide

        05/06/2015

        I’m so happy you learned to be at peace with your lovely sheep. 🙂

  9. Gretchen Del Rio

    04/20/2015

    A delightful, joyful painting. Well done.

    • ĽAdelaide

      04/21/2015

      thanks so much, sweet Gretchen! ♥

  10. mamie

    04/20/2015

    Gorgeous painting! I love the vibrant joy and youth but the calm wisdom captured, as well.

    • ĽAdelaide

      04/21/2015

      Hi Mamie, thank you for such a lovely comment. I’m glad you see the joy in my painting as i do enjoy them and the color reflected in the sunset. as for the calm part… well, perhaps we could wish that might happen along… eventually 🙂

  11. violetski

    04/21/2015

    Beautiful painting dear Linda! Love it❤️

    • ĽAdelaide

      04/21/2015

      Violet, it’s so nice to see you again. I’m wondering if my reader blipped again and I’m missing your posts! I’ve not been online as much as I’d like so might simply not have seen them as there are days when… well, it’s quite aggravating! Thank you, sweet Violet, for your kind comment. 🙂

  12. elenacaravela

    04/23/2015

    I love this dreamy, gorgeous, painting! The color is astounding.

    • ĽAdelaide

      04/26/2015

      Thanks much, Elena…. it’s fun to experiment!!

  13. Marika Reinke

    04/28/2015

    I’m happy to see your newest painting! I love your work – Please keep doing it! And I enjoyed reading your write up on the traits of casein. Thank you, I’ve got it in my back pocket when I’m ready to move on.

    • ĽAdelaide

      04/28/2015

      I think you will enjoy the challenge, tho it is not a demanding medium… simply fun and a different look from working so transparently as i usually do… since finding i love gouache with my watercolors, casein seemed a neat idea ☺️

  14. Leya

    05/07/2015

    Linda – I’m on my way back again, but for the rest of May at least I’m over my head with work. ALL national tests are in spring. Now I took the time to enjoy your work. And enjoy I always do! Casein I have never heard of, but it looks and sounds as smooth and transparent as you show and describe it. This deer painting went straight to my heart!. The joy and the light and the way your colours flow.

    I’m glad you are coming back to painting – only wish I could come over to buy one of them. Do you sell them? One of your pieces would lighten my heart, sitting on my wall to greet me every day.
    Love
    Ann-Christine

    • ĽAdelaide

      05/07/2015

      What a dear comment, sweet ann christine. Yes i am now at the point i am ready to let my babies go. I was going to say i plan to paint another or two of these, one for my son and perhaps one for you? I haven’t sold in years, thought i’d never again want to but the year has been so expensive for me medically… So i have had to become a little more practical! 🙂 I’m trying to figure out how best to go about it.

      Drop me an email or comment and we’ll work it out. xxx

  15. Paula Joy

    09/06/2020

    Your paintings always suffuse reality with overtones of Magic. Love it!

    • L'Adelaide

      09/13/2020

      Hi dear woman. Thank you for your kindness. I will try to catch up with you given how terrible this is here in our area. 💙

  16. graham mcquade

    09/13/2020

    It must be great to have such stunning subjects when you look out the window.

    • L'Adelaide

      09/13/2020

      Yes, despite the current, very temporary discomfort, I do have miles of open space up here on this mountain. I am quite fortunate. Thanks for the comment! It’s much appreciated.

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