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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Parks & Gardens by Rob Kulas

I chose this view right in my own yard. This winter has been hard on many of our trees. Freezing rain and heavy snows have beat them up, their branches sagging and many broken. It is still very winterish in my part of Michigan. After the snow is gone our gardens will be replanted to the right of this tree.
Sketched and painted from the comfort of my car.
This is 6"x8" in a Strathmore Watercolor sketchbook. I used Casein paint which is a milk based paint that cleans up with water.

20 comments:

  1. Very beautiful, Rob! I'm having the same weather as you. Still lots of snow on the ground, but I'm thankful for evergreen forests to give some color. Where do you get casein paint? I'm not familiar with it.

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    1. Thanks Lisa. Casein paint has been around for a very long time. It is one of the oldest mediums known, dating back thousands of years. Because it is made from milk you can make your own. Or like me you can just buy it online. I think I bought my first supply at Dick Blick.

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  2. Beautifully painted tree! I love the hint of other trees in the snowy background. I hope you were inside looking out the window so you could stay warm. Your paintings are a wonderful addition to our blog here Rob. Keep coming back!

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  3. Beautiful tree painting. I like how you minimalized the background concentrating attention on the tree.

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    1. Thanks Fran. Yes I was trying fade the background and concentrate on the one tree.

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  4. The tree is painted so wonderful. Interesting colors you use, casein I have heard but not used ever.

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  5. oh how serene and beautiful...even if it does involve snow :):)

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  6. How lovely! I have never used casein paint. I like the look you got with it!

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  7. Lovely tree and snow! I use goauche sometimes, and it looks a little like your casein.

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    1. Penny casein can be used transparently like watercolors or opaquely so it looks like acrylics, gouache or oil. But when casein dries it is not water soluble like gouache. So you can paint over without disturbing and under layer.

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  8. Rob, this is dramatic and beautiful.

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  9. Thank you Margaret for the nice comment.

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  10. Hi Rob, nice to meet you. You've painted a beautiful tree and how wonderful that it exists in your yard. It will be nice when the weather changes for you so you can plant your gardens. Great job.

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  11. Thanks MeOfCourse for the nice comment.

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