Rocky Nook Park Creek

10×20″ Casein– This was a casein study from a sandbar in Rocky Nook Park– Families with kids were wading up the creek and one twelve-year-old artist sat and watched and talked with me for a long time as I worked, just as I used to do when I was his age and saw someone out painting.

The Foothills in Casein

I saw my box of casein paints lying around and realized I haven’t used them for a while.  It is a quick and easy way for me to get outdoors and paint… my casein set-up weighs about ten pounds (lightweight cardboard and aluminum easel and all) while my oil painting gear is much heavier.

Grey Day on the San Marcos Preserve– 10×20″Bee Hives and Human Hives– 10×20″

Spring Path

Casein--Gleason - 1

10×20″ Casein on Stonehenge Paper– This is a view from the path around Lake Los Carneros… on the horizon to the left in the farthest distance you can see the line of palms at Goleta Beach.  I mount these casein studies on board and frame them without glass– I love the matte surface and the casein is impervious and really durable after a couple months of curing.

Misty Mornings

Summer is here and my plan is to try to make a painting a day.  Summer in SB means June gloom which feels like a breath of fern laden moist air in times of drought.  I’ve been loving going out on these dripping, mossy mornings and learning how to use grey in my palette.  One plus is I don’t need to keep use the spray bottle on my casein paints…  100% humidity has its advantages.  On the flip side, my paintings don’t dry until I get them back home.   misty1 misty2 misty3 misty4 misty5