The Northern Lights, casein tempera on wood

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The Northern Lights, casein tempera on wood

590.00

Aurora Borealis, mostly known as the Northern Lights, is a spectacular natural phenomenon. The result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere fascinates all who can see it. It inspired many photographers, but it seems that fewer artists tried to capture this amazing spectacle.  This work was inspired by and painted after a photo, taken by Mika Pajala, a photographer from Finland.

Medium: casein tempera on wood (cradled wood panel, 1.5 inch deep)

Size: 12x16 inches

The use of casein dates all the way back to pre-historic times, in which artists used milk (possibly human milk) in their cave-painting mediums. In our own times, both illustrators and fine arts painters once commonly used casein. Its use dwindled, though, after the advent of artificial polymers, such as acrylics.

True casein paint, like other water-based mediums dries immediately. And, once dry, it becomes a water-impermeable and very durable film. Casein's archival qualities are unsurpassed, and tones remain unaltered for years.  (Source: from Artists’ Network)

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