Thursday, June 7, 2012

Art of the Portrait 2012: Day 1,
Casey Baugh Demonstration

Rules are to be considered fences, placed only where trespass is expected.  –  Sir Joshua Reynolds

Casey Baugh preparing to paint his model, Kate.

Sometimes, the instructor picks the topic they present, and sometimes the topic picks the instructor.  In the case of "The Edges of Reality,"  Casey Baugh, famous for his soft edges, was the obvious choice for the subject.  But perhaps surprisingly, Baugh does not rely on rules, when constructing his edges;  in fact, Baugh resists most rules when it comes to art.  Instead, he relies on the aesthetics of the piece, varying hard and soft edges based on the desired overall look.

Baugh's Palette, from right to left (Rembrandt Paints):
Titanium White
Transparent Oxide Yellow
King's Blue
Cadmium Yellow
Cadmium Orange
Cadmium Red
Permanent Rose Madder Deep
Transparent Oxide Red
Cerulean Blue
Ivory Black
Ultramarine Blue Deep

The unusual paint box Baugh is using is a new product he is testing for the company, Edge Pro Gear.  It is shaped like a laptop computer, and holds a glass palette for color mixing.  The company offers many extras, including the side trays, and the adjustable-intensity light.  Baugh's canvas is also from Edge Pro Gear, and it attaches to the upper lid of the pochade box using magnets.

At the start of his painting, Baugh uses a medium – one popularized by Ralph Mayer and recommended by Richard Schmid.  It is made from 1 part dammar varnish, 1 part stand oil, and 5 parts triple-rectified turpentine.

Baugh is not worried about drawing at first.  Instead he concentrates on value;  once the paint is laid on the board,
he can move it around if need be to adjust for proper shapes.

Baugh uses Rosemary & Co. brushes, Series 279 mongoose, long flats in various sizes.

"Always look at your subject peripherally, not directly."

Baugh also stresses the importance of taking frequent breaks from the work at hand, otherwise objectivity will be lost  (i.e..  things that are wrong will begin to look right if you look at them too often).


Jim said...

Nice demo, Casey! Nice easel!

Clayton Hudnall said...

Any info on the portable palette that Casey is using?

I can see it is branded "Edge" in the 1st photo but my internet searching is coming up with nothing.

It certainly looks a lot more modern/sleek and light than my wooden pochade box.

Clayton Hudnall said...


You state clearly in one of the photos info about the palette.

Mea culpa

jane said...

Thanks for this - invaluable!

james said...

wow ....what a artist you are ..just awesome painting..
High School Diploma

Brad said...

I appreciate you taking the time to post these demos. Thank you so much. I wish i could have been there to see these demos in person. Looks like amazing work.

Judy P. said...

You took great, easy to follow shots, and gave pertinent info the whole way- thanks for recording Casey's demo!

dHarrison said...

Thanks so much for posting this amazing demo. Extremely good documentation of a very helpful process! Thank you!!

Doug Stotts said...

People could look all over the web and not find such a clear and instructive post such as this. Thanks for taking the time to do it.

Barb Berens said...

Hi Matthew,

Thanks for this posting. I always love to see demos by Casey. Do you know if that handy light he is using comes with that new Edge Palette? thanks

innisart said...

Hi Barb- The light is an accessory that will be available from Edge Pro Gear. It fastens directly to the pochade box. Casey said it was great for painting night landscapes!

Dino Massaroni said...

Any update on when the Edge products will become available?