Water Plants

I painted a masonite board with QOR watercolor ground which allows me to paint on a surface that, untreated, will not absorb the watercolor pigments. After an under painting of watercolor, I filled in shading and detail with casein, a more durable water media.  Usually I use 140 or 300# watercolor paper. Comparing the hardboard ground to paper, I like the masonite a lot as and alternative. I can frame this without a mat or glass and still have a perfectly displayable watercolor. I may add a semi-gloss coat after the painting dries or gently buff the surface for  dull shine,

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Buck the Cat. Really? Meow.

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Buck the Cat, indeliCato.


Blue Gill

I love casein, it’s a wonderful water medium. It’s far more permanent than watercolor and gouache and it avoids the frequent plastic and/or garish look of acrylic. It’s made from milk and has existed as a painting medium for centuries. It has a ‘graphic’ look unique unto itself, flatter than oils, yet as colorful.

Lake Morris, WI

My sister and brother-in-law have this summer place on Lake Morris, WI. It’s a sweet little getaway.

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Get ’em. Meow.

North of Pardeeville

Summer’s are rich and earthy in Wisconsin. Corn and potatoes grow everywhere.In their midst, wind turbines spin in unison when the night breezes pick up at sunset.


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Daily Cat 211 – Buck is vacationing in Wisconsin for the summer. He likes it there, sort of. There’s a big, husky white and tabby queen that thinks Buck’s encroaching on her domain and has nicked him in the ear to make certain there’s no misunderstanding about what’s hers and not his. Other than that, he seems to be fine with the change of scenery. Meow.

Cad Orange, Ultra Blue

Color theory makes my head hurt. Having said that, I used a limited pallet for this painting, using only cadmium orange and ultramarine blue, black and white and small touches or viridian and cadmium yellow. The canvas was under-painted in a light lavender. As I continue to work in casein, I’m using two complimentary colors as found on color wheel, and mix all other hues in between with the complimentary colors selected. I’m relying on the wheel until its principles become like second nature to me when I paint. It’s tedious but I like the result of more harmonious paintings.

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Buck the Cat hones his fly catching skills.

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