I was at Barnes & Noble the other day and did a casein painting of the Rosetta Stone shelf. I was interest in how the yellow, red, and blue accents contrasted against the dark tones of the book shelf. Here’s step by step on how I did it…
Pencil lay-in over a venetian red and yellow ochre casein ground.
Venetian red, raw umber, cobalt blue, yellow ochre, titanium white
All laid out on wet paper towel…
Covering up the colored ground as best as I can. Casein dries lighter than it goes down, evidenced by the darks on the left side of the painting.
Changing the colors of the side of the bookshelf and adding in the blue parts. I go to the restroom around this time.
Detailing the boxes of the shelf
Finished. As you can see, I changed the background to contrast more with the orange/grey of the bookshelf.