June 17th: Another president from Illinois. I painted a casein of Lincoln, now I’m attempting Obama. But it’s not going smoothly.
Don’t ever paint with casein on size. It’s nothing but unending streaks. I finally used dilute varnish to isolate that, then started using oil on Obama. Of course, I streaked some defining marks, so I have to rediscover some features.
This morning I was a howler monkey, I was so frustrated (actually howling). I adore casein on marble dust gesso, so the fact it can be so different on a different ground….oh, I’ll stop complaining.
I’m posting this to give myself incentive to keep on adjusting and correcting. (several frownie faces)
June 25th: The hair is NOT cloudy. Yeah, my camera is still half-broken. The entire way through this, I make a mistake, try to correct it and the correction turns into a terrible mistake. Meanwhile, I’ve made homemade pastel sticks and tried them – nice! I’ve used two on this. I invented the hand, which…oh, you can look at the reference photo:
The jacket, though, is wonderful. I applied glazes and it looks charcoal from one position, shift your position, it looks brown. Hold it to the source of light and you see green.
June 27th: Oh, I think I’m through touching it with pastel: