Monday, November 14, 2016

Casein Painting in the Wild Launches in a Week

I'm pleased to announce that my next tutorial video, Casein Painting in the Wild, will release one week from today. If you're not familiar with it, casein is an opaque, fast-drying water-based medium that was popular before acrylic. 


It's similar to gouache, but given its milk-based binder, it dries to a sealed surface that is ideally suited to painterly but precise handling.

We'll go on on seven plein-air painting adventures, with all the footage shot on location. Each episode demonstrates a different approach for achieving accuracy and spontaneity. I document the various stages from start to finish, complete with a discussion of materials and a detailed and helpful commentary about the thinking behind the technique.

The lessons are applicable to other opaque painting media, especially oil, acrylic, and gouache—so you don't have to own or use casein to get a lot out of it. 

The video is widescreen, 74 minutes long. It will be available as a DVD at $24.50 USA, and an HD download at $14.50.

7 comments:

Koushik Viswanathan said...

Yay! Its not an understatement to say that I've been waiting for this for months now! Many thanks James!

Also, I've had a long-time question about casein. In your color and light book, you talk extensively about premixing strings from a fixed gamut map. How would you go about doing this for a larger scale casein painting, given the paint's quick drying time (unlike oils). Do you just free-mix in such situations?

I've been looking around for how people like Harry Anderson mixed their paints on their palettes for their large-scale works but unfortunately haven't found much.

-KV

James Gurney said...

Thanks, KV, and good question.

I haven't done much with premixing in casein or gouache, because the pools of paint would dry up too fast to make them useful. I do like to use limited palettes, however, and I have several examples of those in the video.

Harry Anderson did some amazing things with mixing gradations on the palette and picking up and delivering those gradations with a large brush. Very speedy and effective.

Fabio Porta said...

Amazing!
I can't easily find Casein here in Europe but am definitely going to get the video :)
Congratulations, James!

Daroo said...

Great cover, looks awesome -- can't wait.

After watching bits of video demos from the students of the Fred Fixler school (Orbik,Watts) I'm guessing they would mix up an amount of gouache (or casein) in a little sealable jar that would act as a base color and then pull from that jar and tint it out or cool it off in progressive stages as needed on the palette and then go back in and blend transitions etc. The paint is kept more liquid than from a tube -- about the consistency of melted ice-cream. That's my best guess strategy for larger paintings -- maybe someone knows from first hand experience?

Jared Cullum said...

I can't wait!

Erik Franken said...

Awesome news! Definitely looking forward to a new video. :)

Ingrid K. V. Hardy said...

Can't wait! I've watched your youtube's for a looong time, and finally decided to buy 3 of your videos. I normally work in both acrylic and watercolor, but now you have intrigued me with Casein. Looking forward to see your way of using it! I got a basic set to play with in the meantime.

Really love your work, and appreciate your sharing of techniques.