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.
|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).|